My garage door won't open
There are several reasons a garage door won't open. The garage door opener is not working the garage door spring is broken or the operator is disengaged. If your garage door opener is not working, you can simply pull the manual or emergency release and open the garage by hand. Most emergency release cords will have the instruction tag hanging on them. If they do not most just require you pull down on the emergency release cord to disengage the door from the operator drive. When working the door manually do not try to lift the door by the emergency release cord. Pick the door up manually by hand making sure not to put your fingers between the sections.
If your spring is broken opening the garage door manually will be difficult or impossible. If your garage door is difficult to open do not force it. Forcing the door can cause further damage. With torsion spring systems the tube that runs the length of your garage door will be over the opening. You will see a coil spring in the center the spring should be one solid piece. With extension spring systems the springs will be running along the horizontal track. Garage door springs break simply due to wear and tear. Springs are engineered to last ten thousand cycles which normally lasts between 8 - 12 years depending on use. If your garage door spring breaks you will need to have it replaced.
If your emergency release cord has been pulled or disengaged it is just a matter of reattaching it. One of the main symptoms of the emergency release being pulled is hearing the operator run but the door not moving. Reattaching the emergency release to the drive depends on the model of the operator. Most emergency release cords will have an instruction tag hooked onto them. Overhead Door operators installation and instruction manuals will show you how to reconnect the system.
Repairing your garage spring or opener can be dangerous and should only be done by a professional.