The Dangers of Repairing a Garage Door Yourself – When your garage door is not operating, there is no denying that you are caught in such a ditch.
As something you use every day, your garage door needs immediate fixing.
However, it’s something you do not want to tinker with, especially if you are not equipped with the necessary skill.
In short, it’s not something you can pursue as your next DIY project.
Aside from the fact that you may not be skilled enough to handle your garage door’s repairs, it can be perilous as well.
To avoid serious injuries and accidents, leave the fixing and repair with a professional garage door technician.
To know more about the dangers of repairing a garage door yourself, here are the reasons why you shouldn’t do it.
You may be using the wrong tools and parts
You may be a gearhead and familiar with fixing things.
However, since fixing a garage door requires mechanical and technical skills, you may not fix it.
It is very complicated and dangerous.
Aside from the necessary skills, a professional garage door technician is also equipped with tools that may not be usually found in a standard toolbox at your home.
A garage door fix may also mean that you need to replace some parts.
It may be because of ordinary wear and tear or low maintenance.
If you need to replace the missing piece, you go to the hardware.
However, the problem arises when the store does not have the original part available.
Some homeowners may attempt to improvise. But you don’t actually want to do that with your garage door.
Using the wrong parts in your garage door can be detrimental and dangerous.
It’s better that you contact a garage door repair company; they have skilled personnel to fix your garage door, and they also have the missing part that your garage door needs.
Broken torsion springs are hazardous
The torsion springs are necessary for your garage door to operate.
They are responsible for storing mechanical energy that will be used when the door opens and closes.
Since the torsion springs tighten upon closing and unwind when opened, they are under extreme pressure.
And this amount of pressure is just what is needed to lift a 150 lbs garage door.
However, with the garage door always under an extreme amount of pressure, they may break as well.
Most of the time, this can be attributed to deterioration and constant use.
And as a critical part of your garage door, you do not want to touch it when broken.
Refrain from tinkering with broken torsion springs. It’s best that you do not touch them at all.
Immediately contact a garage door company as they are more skilled in fixing and replacing broken torsion springs.
You do not know the inner workings of a garage door
Unless you are a professional garage door technician yourself, you are not familiar with a garage door’s inner workings.
And if you may be familiar with some handicrafts, repairing a garage door may be too technical for a DIY project.
And without the skill of a professional garage door technician, the tendency is that you may misdiagnose what’s wrong with your door.
Since your garage door comprises multiple parts, it may be difficult to point out which is not working.
And if you attempt to fix the wrong part, it may cause more harm than good.
Not to mention that you may also be wasting time, effort, and money.
A smarter and more practical choice is to contact a garage door repair company.
It will be a sign of relief when they do the inspection and actual repair.
You do not want your garage door to fall
When worse comes to worst, and your garage door falls to the ground, that can cause injuries and accidents.
Not to mention that it may also cause some damage to other things.
Professional garage door repair technicians have the proper equipment and tools to prevent the garage door from completely falling off.
If you need professional services for your garage door, contact your garage door repair company.
Fixadoor Garage Door Services are available in Mississauga, Markham, Newmarket, and anywhere in the Greater Toronto Area.
Garage Door Repairs tips, recommendations and frequently asked questions
Why does my garage door opener light bulb keep dying?
First, check for any shaking of the garage door during operation. Usually, excessive vibration can cause the filament in your opener's bulb to prematurely expire.
One garage spring broke. I have 2, should I replace both?
Garage door springs should ALWAYS be replaced as a set. The reason is once one spring breaks, the other one is probably not far behind, especially considering how springs weaken over time. Combining a new spring with an older one will likely cause an imbalance in your garage door's operation. If you own 2 separate garage doors and only one spring has broken, it's strongly recommended to replace the springs on each door if their springs are around the same age. Depending on your door's position, when a spring breaks it can cause serious injury as well as damage your opener.
Does my garage door require maintenance?
Yes. How often you will require garage door maintenance all depends on how much the door is being used. Generally, we perform the following to ensure your garage door is working properly and tuned up: We do a visual inspection of all the moving parts. We ensure the tracks; rollers and hinges are clean and lubricated properly. We make sure all nuts and bolts are tight and clean. We manually run the operator and door through a cycle to make sure it is running quietly and smoothly. Also, We check the door balance at various opening heights. If the garage door passes all these test, congratulations, you do not need a tune-up.
Can I use the old tracks for a new garage door?
Using old garage door tracks with a new garage door is quite dangerous. Surprisingly or not, many home and business owners try to reduce costs on a new garage door installation by reusing their old garage door track with new panels. While this might reduce the cost, the new door can get damaged faster than normal and derail.
How hard is it really to replace a garage door?
Installing a garage door isn't as simple as installing a regular door. More so, installing it incorrectly can be dangerous. You should call a professional garage door technician.
How long does it take to change a garage door?
if done properly, roughly 3 to 4 hours.