What to Do If the Garage Door Opener Stops Working?

If your garage door opener stops working, it can be frustrating. You may have even tried to fix it yourself but failed. 

If this is the case, don’t worry—you can probably fix it by following some simple steps. And if you don’t know how to start with fixing your garage door opener, this guide will help get you started!

Garage Door Opener

Check the Circuit Breaker

If you are having trouble opening your garage door, it’s important to check the circuit breaker first. This can be done by following these steps:

  • Check if the breaker is on. If it isn’t, turn it on and make sure that everything works before moving on to other troubleshooting steps (like checking for loose wires).
  • Test manually if you have any problems opening or closing your garage door. You may need to adjust some of its settings or add additional sensors before trying again (if applicable).

Check the Safety Eye

The safety eye is a sensor that detects the presence of an object in the path of the door. If you have a safety eye and it’s working properly, make sure that it is properly installed. If you don’t have a safety eye on your garage door opener but would like to add one later, there are several options available:

  • A magnetic lock will work just like any other magnetic locks do (which can be purchased at most hardware stores).
  • An infrared sensor can also be used for this purpose if installed inside or outside of your home by an electrician or technician who has expertise with such things.

Check Your Wall Switch and Remote

If you have a wall switch, make sure that it’s working properly by testing it with your key fob or hand crank. 

If you have a remote control for the garage door opener, test both the battery and range of motion on the remote by placing it in different locations around your home (such as near an open window or door). 

If either of these tests fail to produce results, try replacing both batteries with new ones and then resetting everything back to factory settings via your manufacturer’s instructions before continuing with this step. 

Check the Electrical Connections

If you have a garage door opener that is wired directly to the electrical panel, check that there are no signs of corrosion or other damage on the wires that connect to your opener. 

Corrosion can cause a short circuit and prevent your garage door from opening properly. You should also make sure that all connectors are clean and tight, especially if they’re attached to metal surfaces or other conductors such as water pipes or gas lines.

Check Door Tracks and Rollers

Check the tracks for damage. If you’re able to lift up the door, look at any cracks or breaks in the tracks. This can indicate that there’s a problem with one of them and it needs to be replaced immediately.

You should also check the rollers for damage and alignment. A damaged roller may be causing your garage door opener not work properly because they’re not moving smoothly enough when they should be moving freely without any problems whatsoever!


If you can’t fix your garage door opener, contact a professional electrician or a premium garage door service provider. They will be able to diagnose the problem and make sure it’s safe for you to use again.