My garage door won't open. I've tried to push up on it when starting assuming something needs lube, I've checked all the cables and oiled everything, the floor-mounted trip sensors are fine. When I press the button, there is a a short start represented by a clicking sound. If I keep pressing, the door will go down and then back up eventually.

The video below is probably the most clear description of the problem.


Thank you for any troubleshooting ideas. I've been manually raising the door for 6 months.

  • Since you can manually open it, presumably the mechanical lube/adjusting of the door mechanism is fine, unless that's very hard to do.
    – Ecnerwal
    May 13, 2022 at 13:51

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If "the sensors are good" and you have attempted to follow the adjusting/troubleshooting steps for your opener (see the web if you can't find your paper manual) then it's probably a fried logic board. Garage door openers are basically tiny computers.

A new opener comes with a warranty, a new logic board does not, so the choice is not all that straightforward - it could be something else in the opener, and a non-returnable non-warranty logic board is often half the price of a whole new opener, with a warranty. So unless you have excellent reason to think it's the logic board (I had a fairly new opener and a nearby lighting strike; & it was still a dice roll) whole-system replacement is the more certain path to success.

  • It could be the spring failed and the motor stalls.
    – Jon Custer
    May 13, 2022 at 13:57
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    If it was a failed spring he wouldn't be able to open it manually which is what he has been doing the last 6 months. May 13, 2022 at 14:04
  • Well. I’m pretty sure a failed logic board wouldn’t start. My guess is that something is getting stuck on start. But at this point it’s just easier to get a new one
    – bonhoffer
    May 15, 2022 at 23:33

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