Many households have garage doors, and many opt to apply do-it-yourself fixes instead of calling for professional help.
While taking the initiative and saving bucks might be tempting, did you know that there are hazards to garage door repairs that you do yourself?
Home repair projects might be ideal for many.
However, there is a reason why there are professionals who are only a call away.
Below are the hazards that people could encounter when applying a DIY repair to their garage door.
For more expert advice in Mississauga, Markham, Newmarket, and Toronto, contact any of the available garage door repair companies.
As an automated machine, a garage door is a system that is composed of many parts to operate smoothly.
Little understanding of the multiple components will most likely lead to misdiagnosing a problem.
For example, situations where broken springs causing loose cables will make people think that the main problem is only with the cables, so they apply fixes to that component only.
Not only is there a misdiagnosis, but the root problem also did not get fixed.
Because of this, people will get the wrong impression that everything is alright already, when, in fact, the problem continues to persist and is worsening by the day.
Less Attention to Detail
Professionals are trained to understand every complicated nook and cranny on garage doors, giving them the expert mind to pay attention to every detail that needs to be attended to during repairs.
However, the general public lacks that training, and applying do-it-yourself repairs will not have the meticulousness that professionals are trained and paid to have.
This carelessness will lead to incorrect and half-hearted ways of applying repairs, which is not suitable for the garage door’s longevity.
Constant feeble attempts of mending on the garage door will undoubtedly shorten the lifespan of the garage door.
Damages will occur more often and become more prominent over time, which will eventually lead to higher costs.
Using Wrong Parts
Various manufacturers develop garage doors.
Often, specific and matching parts are found only from the company that provided your garage door, which means generic parts are not advised to be used.
All professionals are aware of that, however, are homeowners aware too?
People can be unaware of it, or are aware but do not care, making them frequently improvise using parts manufactured for general use.
Using the wrong parts is very dangerous because machinery failures that can cause injuries could happen.
Not only does the problem remain unfixed, but you are also worsening the condition of the garage door and endangering the lives of you and your family who could be there at the wrong time that the garage door fails because of the improvised fixes you opted to apply.
Deadly Torsion Springs
Although springs are one of the most crucial parts that make the garage door operate smoothly, it is also one of the most dangerous parts.
Did you know that spring failures can cause deaths?
This problem is because springs are under constant tension.
After all, it is the main force that fights gravity to make the heavy door lighter, so it usually breaks apart violently when it can no longer take the pressure.
There have been people who have died due to garage door spring failures, and most of the time, it’s because they attempted to fix the issue themselves, even though they lacked the mastery to do so.
There will be more deaths if people insist on do-it-yourself projects and opt-out to call for professional help to fix any spring issues.
Plummeting Garage Door
Garage doors are weighty and can weigh up to 400 pounds, making do-it-yourself fixes very dangerous.
Professionals are trained to follow the proper procedures in fixing any issues with garage doors, so they are very skilled in repairing problems without endangering anyone’s life.
However, many homeowners lack those skills, but still prefer to apply fixes on their own.
Many complications with the repairs can result in the safety features failing and the garage door crashing down, potentially crushing you, your family, your pets, or your car with its weight.
Like torsion springs, garage doors are one of the most dangerous parts of the system because their weight alone can cause severe injuries or even death.
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.