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Garage door won’t open after power outage

pulling emergency handle

If you have ever experienced bad thunderstorms, then you have most likely experienced a power outage at some point. It is not uncommon for electronics to go haywire, or even break when this happens. Our garage door openers are no different. Life is easy at the push of a button when everything is working properly, however, if your garage door will not open after a power outage there are some things we can check to get you back up and running quickly. Let’s go over them, shall we?

First, before we get started it is a good idea to have a single outlet surge protector to plug your garage door opener into. A surge protector will prevent you from having a damaged garage door opener in the event of a power outage. 


Check Your Breaker Box

So your power is back on but you can’t get your garage door opener to work? Frustrating. Number one, check your breaker box. If a breaker was tripped this could cause the opener to not be getting any power. Even if it doesn’t look like it is tripped, turn it off and on anyway, just to be sure.

Check GFCI Outlets

Breakers are fine? Ok, no problem. Check your GFCI outlets. ( You know the ones with the little buttons) Push the reset button, it should audibly click. Sometimes your garage door opener is on the same circuit as the room that is on the other side of the garage ( oftentimes this can be a kitchen) So check the GFCI outlets in whatever room is on the other side of the garage, if you do not find any in the garage. 

Test The Outlet

It’s still not working!? Great! (sarcasm) We really aren’t happy you’re having this problem. So, it’s time to break out the ladder, take something that plugs in that you know works, a night light, cell phone charger, anything. Unplug your garage door opener and plug in something else to see if it works, if the other electronic device did not work, then there is a problem with the outlet itself. If this is your situation, check the breaker box and GFCI outlets again. If you still have no luck you will need an electrician. Your garage door opener may be just fine, but you have to get that outlet working first to know for sure.


Bad Circuit Board?

If your outlet appears to be in working order, then unfortunately your garage door opener is the problem. In most cases it would mean a “fried” circuit / logic board ( both names are used interchangeably and are correct) If you are a DIY kind of person, you can get the part number off of the circuit board and google it. You should be able to find one and replace it. Depending on the age of your opener this could be difficult though. Also, you want to avoid ebay and sites where you could be buying a used circuit board. Lastly if your machine is older than 10 yrs old, it may not be a smart buy. A new garage door opener installed by a professional would be a better way to go. 

Manually Open the garage door

If you have determined it is your garage door opener that is the problem and you need out of the garage pull your emergency handle to release the door from the opener and lift if manually until you can repair or replace the opener.

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