Are you facing automatic garage door problems? There is nothing more infuriating than sitting in your car during a rainstorm and pressing the garage door opener and having nothing happen. Thankfully, there are a few simple solutions you can try to help deal with the situation.

To begin, change the batteries in your opener. This seems so simple, but many forget that their opener doesn’t just work by magic. In fact, it is a good idea to keep some batteries with you in the car, somewhere that they won’t overheat, so you can replace the batteries without having to get out to get some. This is the most common reason for an automatic door not opening, so give it a try first.

Next, be sure that nothing is covering the sensors on your system. If the door thinks that something is in the way, it will neither open nor close. Find the sensors on the sides of the system and move anything which is nearby. You can also wipe them clean with a damp cloth to make sure it isn’t mud or dirt which is causing the problem. While you are at it, check the rail system to make sure nothing is jammed in it or causing the wheels to lock up along its length.

If your automatic garage door still won’t open or close, you’ll need to find some professional help. A professional garage door repair company has a few benefits you just can’t say no to. First, they’re experts, so they know what the problem can be right off the bat. Second, they know exactly how to fix it without having to consult how-tos in books or on the internet. Third, this means you will save a ton of time over trying to fix the issue yourself. Call the experts and let them get your garage door fixed and save yourself the headache of a DIY failure.