Garage Door Repairs: When to DIY and When to Call an Expert

12 December 2019
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As a responsible homeowner, you have to maintain your house at all times. Part of this responsibility extends to distinguishing between what repairs you can tackle by yourself, and what to leave to a professional. By distinguishing between the two, you will effectively maintain your house without inflicting damage to the home, and even yourself. This rule applies to garage roller door repairs too. While some tasks are simple enough for you to tackle, others are not. Here's where to draw the line between the two:

Do-It-Yourself Garage Door Repairs

Anything that involves hinges, nuts or bolts should be easy to tackle by yourself. So, don't hesitate to tighten any loose parts you identify that make your door clatter noisily every time it opens or closes. Temperature variations, inside and outside the garage door, are one of the significant causes for parts loosening. For these reasons, keep your tools near, and tighten up things regularly.

Lubrication of the garage door is another DIY fix that you can and should do regularly as the door's moving parts are constantly under friction. If not properly cared for with some lube, these parts often wear out faster, leading to an overhauling of the garage door.

Don't-Do-It-Yourself Repairs

Usually, it is prudent to call a professional anytime the garage door stops functioning or is severely damaged. The door's immense weight and size, the electrical components, plus the springs and cables all make the job of restoring a malfunctioning door too risky to do it yourself. Accordingly, call the pros when problems arise with:

The Springs – broken garage door springs are dangerous and should only be fixed by a professional. Fingers have been lost and more damage inflicted on amateurs trying to fix broken springs before. Do not risk your fingers, too. 

The Cables – broken garage door cables are another garage door repair to avoid. This rule also extends to every other component that comes under extreme tension every time the door moves. As such, handling parts that get are subject to this tension is another risk and another possible way to lose your finger or a few teeth or even break a bone.

Tricky stuff not to handle also includes installation and door replacements plus track and opener damage. All these parts comprise technical components with many risks to the amateur workman, and a professional is always the best option when they develop a problem. When in doubt about whether a particular garage door repair job is safe for you to handle, stay on the safe side, and call an expert.

To learn more about garage door repairs, consult a resource in your area.