24 Hour Emergency Services Available Rated 4.7 out of 5.0 based on 371 reviews
(773) 378-9690 Request Service

How to Fix Garage Electric

April 12, 2022 | Blog

How To Fix Garage Electric

As native Chicagoans, Arnold Electric has helped thousands of homeowners across Chicagoland, and every spring we get more calls about one particular problem than anything else:

The Dang Garage Won’t Open!

If your garage loses power, just know it’s not performance anxiety. It happens to the best of us! After months of freezing, thawing, more freezing and more thawing, damage to a garage’s electrical connection is fairly common. But thankfully it’s usually a pretty straightforward solution.

What To Do If Your Garage Is Stuck

The first step is to call an electrician (that’s where we come in). Any home electrician visit, even if you don’t choose Arnold Electric, should start with a complete assessment of the property.

That’s why we perform a 32-point maintenance and safety diagnostic every time. After all, even the best doctor can’t cure anything without a checkup first!

Garage Assessment

Our first step in getting your garage door up (and down) and running is to determine how your garage is powered. In Illinois, that likely means either:

Underground Direct Buried Cable

  • Affordable one-time installation
  • Costly repair


Underground Conduit

  • Costly one-time installation
  • Quick, same-day repair

But no matter how your garage receives power, Arnold electric is 100% prepared to repair or upgrade your system. Our professional recommendation will always be to install underground conduit – not only does it make repairs faster, it can easily be adapted for anything from adding an electric car charging station or even welding outlets for more power.

Garage Electric Installation

Installing an underground conduit means digging a small (6” or smaller) trench through your yard, leaving a narrow strip that can easily be filled with a small bag of grass seed. The process is relatively quick and won’t put your yard or your garage out of commission for long at all. In most cases, replacing the wire in an existing underground conduit can be done the same day as the assessment!

Get In Touch With A Local Electrician

As the sun comes back and the boys start hitting the diamond on both sides of town, please feel free to call us with any issues you may have, whether it’s your garage or otherwise, don’t hesitate to give us a call at (773) 378-9690 and mention this blog for a discount off your estimate!

About Arnold Electrical Services

Arnold Electrical Services has offered the highest standard of home electricians in Chicagoland since 2008. We specialize in Chicago’s Old Home Electrical Experts – meaning we don’t do mansions, custom homes, smart homes, new builds, or commercial work. We work on old homes for new (and old) owners alike. And as an added comfort, all of our projects are covered by a 5-year warranty and our Safe Job Guarantee with genuine, no hassle, honest service.

Why Choose Arnold Electrical?

Reliable Service
We believe in providing premium electrical services, all backed by our 5 year parts and labor warranty
Upfront Flat Rate Pricing
Emergency calls and regular service calls are performed on a flat rate. No surprises!
Quality Products
Safety is our mission. We only purchase the highest quality materials from trusted suppliers.

What Our Clients Say

Quick To Respond

Jeff M. and Derek H. were amazing! If ever you need any type of electrical work done in your home this is the company you can trust. Their knowledge and work shows how dedicated they are to getting the job done the right way. They really know their stuff and it shows! Not only are they quick to respond but they will get the job done the right way and it is backed by their guarantee. I am amazed! Thank you Arnold Electrical! 🙂

Lizette F.

Realtor Approved

The staff at Arnold Electric Service were on time for our appointment to assess the electrical needs of my client’s condominium and were very professional and thorough in doing so. Most appreciated was the fact that their staff electrician was absolutely honest with me about his ability to provide further services. I will most definitely refer this wonderful company to those needing their services going forward

Jane C.

Simply the Best

They are the best.

Tunya K.

Would Definitely Recommend This Company

First time using Arnold. Derek arrived early (after confirming it was ok) and was very professional. He fixed the problem and offered some recommendations. I appreciated that he wore a mask. Would definitely recommend this company.

Colleen M.

Easy To Work With

The staff is fantastic they have an attitude of “we can do that” “we can get it done”. The coordinator Mary is superb she is knowledgeable, a great listener, she is a winner, easy to work with. AES is one Chicago’s best businesses. A loyal customer

Cal W.

Courteous and Knowledgeable

The techs were on time, courteous and knowledgeable. They explained the issues they saw and recommended several pricing options. We plan on using this company again.

Stephen B.

Reliable & Professional

This company was great to work with. They arrived on time and worked tirelessly to get the job done ahead of schedule. We would highly recommend their service to anyone in need of electrical work.

Kristen N.