Broken Gear Repair

Does your garage door opener make a grinding noise but doesn’t move at all? Chances are, your main drive gear has bit the bullet. This is the plastic gear that comes in direct contact with the worm drive gear on the motor. It’s one of the most common garage door opener repair problems there is.

It can be a complicated repair, but not impossible to do yourself. Several components will need to be removed to get at the gear. You’ll need to get a replacement gear set.

Start by unplugging the motor. Remove retaining screws from the cover. Shine the flashlight directly at the gear set. If the gears have screwed up teeth, you can likely just replace them to solve the problem. If not, your opener might simply be shot and you’ll need a new one. Write down the make, model and serial number of your opener, which you can find on the back of the opener.