FYI: When To DIY and When NOT to DIY Garage Door Repairs
BTW (by the way), have you noticed how acronyms have become an integral part of communication nowadays? We have.
IMO (in my opinion) some shortcuts like acronyms, are efficient and useful. Texting with abbreviations is a perfect example. Other shortcuts, however, can be disastrous...
Don't skip paying your taxes to save money.
Don't run a red light to save time.
DON'T try to save time and money by doing tricky things you aren't qualified to do. It usually saves neither. (Believe me, I've learned the hard way.)
So this leads me to garage door repairs...
To STO (state the obvious), part of being a responsible homeowner is maintaining your home. The next part of being a responsible homeowner is knowing when a home repair is something to tackle yourself AND knowing when NOT to DIY.
But when it comes to your garage door, there are certain tasks that are perfectly safe to DIY. Others, not so much. Want to know which-is-which? Read on...
GARAGE DOOR REPAIRS - DO-do-it-yourself
Hinges, Bolts and Nuts - One possible DIY solution for a clattering garage door is to tighten the door hardware if small parts appear loose. Temperature changes -- outdoors and inside the garage -- can cause nuts, bolts and hinges to contract or expand so adjustments may be necessary. Grab your tools, use a little elbow grease and tighten things up.
Lubrication - A second DIY quick fix is garage door lubrication. A simple lube job is an important maintenance chore. Why? Well, there's constant friction between the door's moving parts as your door goes up and down. When lubrication is inadequate, you'll hear the sound of metal-scraping-metal. This mind numbing noise is not only annoying, it's an indicator of trouble. Proper lubrication reduces friction to stop door damage from occurring in the first place.
Pro Tip: Use a garage door lubricant (not just any old product) and don't use too much.
Eye Sensors and Remote Batteries -- OK here are two super simple DIY tricks if your garage door won't open or close. First, change the remote batteries. Second, check the small sensors located at the bottom of your door. If the sensor lens seems dirty or is out of alignment, your door won't operate properly. Clean it and carefully straighten it.
Weather Seal - If the floor in your garage is wet, small critters are sneaking in or you can see light from under the door, the weather seal needs replacement. It's relatively simple and truly inexpensive to repair so don't procrastinate. Identify the correct type and size of seal and head over to the hardware store, OR if you'd rather not fool with it, just call a pro.
GARAGE DOOR REPAIRS - DON'T-do-it-yourself
When do garage door repairs require the help of a professional? In most cases when your garage door malfunctions or is damaged, a skilled tech is the best way to go. Why?
The garage door itself is massive in size and weight. AND there are intricate garage door parts working together, perfectly, to keep your door balanced as it goes up and down. All too often a DIY-gone-wrong creates additional door damage, increases the repair costs and leaves you with regrets. Trained pros, on the other hand, have the know-how to diagnose problems correctly (and quickly!) as well as the right gear to fix your door properly and cost-effectively.
Springs - Garage door springs are dangerous and definitely not a repair to do yourself. Spring repairs gone all awry are a surefire way to ruin your door or lose a finger. Or both... or worse.
Tracks - Are your garage door tracks jammed with debris? Are they bent, or corroded? Is the door completely off its tracks? No matter the reason, when tracks are causing your door to malfunction be aware and BEWARE. The tracks hold that heavy door in place and if they fail to do the job, the door will come crashing down. Don't chance it.
Openers - There's a lot of technology when it comes to garage door openers so unless you're a techie AND handy, an opener repair can be intimidating. Pros can fix your opener in a jiffy, so why bother with a DIY when the chances of success are pretty darn slim? As a side note, smartphone apps for garage doors are designed to be easy for homeowners to install. For security reasons, THAT you'll want to DIY.
Cables, rollers, drums and pretty much everything else. ALL garage door parts are under extreme tension and your safety is at stake because ... "The tension on an object is equal to the mass of the object x gravitational force plus/minus the mass x acceleration."
Bottom line: Don't DIY most garage door repairs. Just don't.
- Seriously. Take garage door safety to heart. Certain repairs are dangerous and attempting a DIY is down right risky.
- "OK" DIY garage door solutions include: spray lubrication for tracks and rollers; tightening of a nuts, bolts or hinges; battery change for remotes; clean and realign the sensors; replace weatherstripping. Set up your smart phone app for controlling your garage door.
- "No Way" DIY garage door fixes include: tracks, springs, openers and garage door installation. This stuff is tricky.
- And for the majority of homeowners out there, never try to replace your garage door. Without the right tools and knowledge, it's an accident in the making.
- When in doubt, call a professional garage door service company like ProLift Doors. We're a reputable, branded, licensed business with the right equipment and know-how to get the repair done quickly and correctly. There's no need to put yourself at risk.
In the upcoming weeks, we’ll tackle more garage door topics. So stay tuned because we'll BBL (be back later)!
Wondering whether you could use a replacement garage door, or if a clean up, check up and tune up might do the trick? Well, if you’re wondering these things, just call a reputable company like ProLift Doors. We know ALL about garage doors so you don't have to. We're friendly and professional too!
Best of all, at ProLift Garage Doors of St. Louis we not only work here and live here, we're homeowners just like you. So if you reside in the St. Louis, MO area – including surrounding communities including West County, South County, St. Charles and St. Charles County – give us a try.
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Editor's note: Updated 5/17/2020
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