We’ve all been there. That burnt out bulb just seems to be in the worst place possible for a quick change. But it’s not that bad. Really. Let’s walk through it.
First things first, make sure the light switch is in the off position. Next, make sure the area under the bulb casing is clear of things that might impede your movement. Grab yourself a sturdy ladder or step stool that will give you the reach you need. Depending on your make and model of garage door opener, the casing surrounding the bulb will differ. You are going to have to figure out how to open it. Fortunately, it is usually as simple as a hinged cover, or something similar. Pop that open and remove the old bulb. Remember righty-tighty-lefty-loosey. The wattage of the bulb matters, and you are going to want to match the pre-existing bulb. We’ve all been tempted at times to just put any wattage bulb in that we have handy – but don’t. It’s not worth the potential trouble down the line. Install the new bulb and close the cover. Flip the switch – if the light is working – you are done! If not, we may have complications. If it doesn’t work, uninstall the new bulb and check to see if it is still operational by shaking it gently, and listening. If you hear something quietly shaking around, it is blown. At this point, the service required to fix the light is likely beyond simply changing the bulb. There are several factors that could cause this, but it is usually best to rely on local professional help at this point.