Can You Repair A Garage Door Yourself?

A garage door appears to be a simple device since all it does is go up and down as needed. As a result, when it stops operating as it should, you may be wondering whether to repair it yourself or if you should call out a team of professionals.

Honestly, there are many quick fixes that are easy to do yourself and don’t require you to call a professional, especially since by doing so, you will put yourself add to your expenses.

Simple Garage Doors Problems You Can Fix

In this article, we will take a look at a couple of problems that you can probably fix yourself as well as the dangers that may require you to hire a professional.

To start, we will first look at the potential dangers of fixing a garage door yourself. The first danger is that of falling since working on the garage door will require you to stand on a ladder or stool near to the ceiling.

The Dangers

Since you will be at an elevated height, maintaining your balance is critical.

If you fall, you will not only damage yourself but you may also damage anyone else who may be assisting you as well as any tools or materials you may be using.

Next, another danger that you face is that of the garage door springs. These springs are under a great deal of pressure and tension. This tension is important so that your garage can open and close easily.

However, when it comes to fixing a garage door issue, these springs may pose a threat to you if you don’t know what you’re doing or don’t know how to handle dealing with these springs. In this case, if the spring needs to be replaced or otherwise handled, it may be best to leave that job to the professionals.

Thirdly, the last danger that you will be exposed to is that of a collapse. Garage doors weigh hundreds of pounds and while you’re repairing them, they can possibly collapse on you especially if you’re new to garage door DIY.

Now, with that said, that doesn’t mean that all garage door repairs are dangerous. We’ll now look at some typical repairs that are safe and easy for you to do.

Typical Garage Doors Repairs

One common problem is that of a noisy garage door. This is particularly annoying if you’re a light sleeper and the noise of an opening and closing garage wakes you up. Thankfully, it is relatively easy to fix this problem through regular maintenance of your garage door or by replacing a couple of parts.

Another common problem you may have with your garage doors during the winter is it being frozen to the ground. As a result, when you press open, the garage door will refuse to budge.

Now, you may be tempted to hit the open button repeatedly, however, you should avoid doing so before you cause more problems with the garage.

Instead, you will need to break the icy connection between the door and the floor. This can be done by using a hairdryer and applying heated air at the bottom of the door. This will melt the ice and your door should be able to open. Alternatively, you can use a shovel to gently chip away at the ice.

Lastly, if you notice any sagging of the door or only on side of the door, then this can probably be fixed by tightening or servicing the hinges. In the event that one screw has become larger than the other, all you need to do is replace the screw.

In closing, we have just looked at some of the dangers of repairing garage doors yourself as well as a couple of problems that you can likely fix on your own. If you’re not sure what the problem is, be sure to call a qualified professional to avoid any of the dangers and risks discussed.