If you have a do-it-yourself attitude, there are likely plenty of projects around the house that you feel completely confident in tackling yourself. You painted your living room, no problem. You changed the lever on your toilet, which was a breeze. You even patched a small hole in your living room’s drywall. But, what about your garage door?
When it comes to the mechanism that makes this heavy entry door go up and down, you might want to take a pass on fixing it yourself. Why? Some of the more common garage door repairs are best left to the professionals. Take a look at what these repairs are and why you need an expert to handle them.
You need a new garage door, and you found one online. You also found a video on how to replace it. It seems easy, right? Wrong. There’s a reason why there are trained professionals in this area. Replacing a garage door isn’t exactly a simple process. Because a garage door is the largest moving piece of equipment in your house, compared to other home DIY fixes, such as painting or hanging a picture, this is a major project.
Not only can the pros install the door for you, but they can help you to pick the one that works best for your home. Keep in mind, just because something looks ‘good’ online or in the big-box store doesn’t mean it will work for your specific situation. The professional door dealer will come out and field verify all measurements before you order!
Unless you have training in handling the various components of your home’s electrical system, this is one problem that you really can’t afford to fix yourself. Electrical-related accidents are responsible for 5 percent of all job-related fatalities each year, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). And that’s among specialists who are trained to work with electrical systems.
Now imagine what could happen when an untrained person (that’s you) tries to work with live wires. Never try to rewire or fix the electrical components of your garage door opener. This is a job for the professionals. Doing it your self could result in burns, electrocution, or worse.
Springs and Cables
It may seem like making simple adjustments to the springs and cables on your garage door isn’t a major job. But these are parts that could easily snap and injure you. Adjusting these to the wrong tension may make them break, dropping the door down on you. Another possibility is that you could get hit with a flying spring or metal cable.
Along with the physical dangers of making these adjustments on your own, there’s also a high-cost element. If you break the parts of your garage door, replacing them entirely may cost you more than a professional adjustment would have. When it comes down to it, leave this one to the experts. They have the know-how and the tools to do it right the first time.
One of the panels broke, fell off, or cracked. It’s just a cosmetic issue. At least, that’s what you thought. Fixing a panel on your garage door may much more than simple aesthetics. It may also include an underlying structural problem.
If you attempt to fix it yourself, you may end up damaging the door more than it was before. You also won’t know if you’ve actually gotten to the root of the issue. It’s possible that the panel broke or cracked because of a door malfunction. A pro can take a look, evaluate the situation, and provide the proper solution for the problem.
Does your garage door need a professional upgrade or repair? Call the knowledgeable experts at Shank Door at 1-800-480-4134 for a consultation about making your garage door safe and secure.
Homeowners typically use their garage doors many times a day. Over the course of a year, your garage door can pass through thousands of opening and closing sequences. While garage doors are generally built to be fairly robust, over time even the sturdiest garage door is subject to wear and tear. Eventually, it will need to be replaced.
What’s the worst way to discover that your garage door requires replacement? The door refuses to open, your car is trapped in the garage, and you can’t get where you need to go. Avoid that situation. Look for these three signs that may indicate that your garage door is on its way out.
- Damaged Wires, Cords, or Parts
If your garage door has broken wires or cords, contact a professional to investigate further. Only a licensed and registered contractor should attempt to deal with potential damage to electrical fixtures. The cords and wires control your garage door’s movements, so once these are damaged, you will find it quite difficult to open and close your garage doors safely. Some parts can be easy to fix, while others require the whole garage door to be replaced.
Another thing to consider is how much energy your garage door uses. Your energy bills could be increasing because your garage door is not operating efficiently and is using more energy than it should. Damaged wiring or an aging garage door may cause this problem. The new garage doors on the market today are a lot more energy efficient than older styles.
- Opening and Closing
Generally, when you push the controller button to open or close your garage door, it should respond instantly. However, if your garage door has a slower response than normal, or if it becomes stuck half way up or down, it may be reaching the end of its functional life.
If your garage door has become unresponsive or erratic when opening or closing, ask a technician to look at it as soon as possible. A door that is stuck half open can be a security risk for your home, and it may also pose a safety risk for you or your family. You don’t want it to suddenly drop while someone passes underneath.
- Noises or Shaking
Older-style garage doors make a lot of noise when they open and close. However, if the noise becomes excessive or increases dramatically over a short period, your garage door likely has a serious problem with the mechanisms, and it may be time to invest in a new garage door.
If your garage door shakes and shudders as it opens or closes, your garage door likely has broken or worn parts which are making the door move unevenly. It’s possible that your garage door may be easy to repair, but only a professional contractor will have the knowledge and experience to know for certain.
If you suspect that your garage door is nearing the end of its life, you’ll need to get professional advice. Trying to fix the door yourself isn’t a wise idea, nor is delaying an inspection of the door until it becomes unusable and potentially dangerous. Every year, thousands of Americans are injured by garage doors. Many of these injuries may have been prevented by repairing or replacing the garage door in a timely manner, and by ensuring that only skilled professionals service, repair, and install them.
If you’re unsure about whether to replace your garage door, contact the helpful team at Shank Door. They can assess your garage door’s condition and advise you on the best course of action to take.