We use our garage doors all the time. In fact, some of us use them more frequently than we use our front doors. After all, when you’ve just parked your car in the garage, it’s quick and convenient to enter your home via the garage — especially when you’re carrying bags full of groceries.
However, all this use results in considerable wear and tear. Over time, that inevitably leads to your garage door breaking down. If a breakdown has just happened to you, then you might be wondering whether to call a garage door pro or try to fix it yourself.
DIY or Professional Garage Door Repair?
Of course, the question of whether you need professional garage door repair depends largely on the type of issue you’re dealing with. It also depends on how comfortable you are making DIY repairs and what your current budget is for getting your door fixed.
Dangers of DIY Garage Door Repair
Before deciding to repair your garage door yourself, it’s important to realize that although a lot of articles and videos on the internet can provide theoretical instruction, they don’t provide you with the experience a garage door pro has. What’s more: Not all of these articles are written by qualified garage door mechanics, so you might not be getting the best information.
In addition, there are several risks associated with DIY garage door repair that you need to keep in mind:
- Damage: If you’re not familiar with all the different parts of the lift mechanism, it’s all too easy to cause more damage. What might have been a small problem can quickly become a big one.
- Extra cost: If you’re unable to resolve the problem yourself, you’ll have to call a garage door pro after all. Doing both will cost you more out of pocket than it would have if you’d called a professional in the first place. At the same time, any damage you cause yourself isn’t covered by a warranty, unlike the work that’s performed by a professional.
- Injury: Garage doors have springs that are under a lot of tension. If one of these springs breaks, it could hit you with full force and cause serious injuries. Similarly, depending on the type of repairs you’re trying to do, you could be injured by the garage door itself.
Common Garage Door Issues: DIY or Professional?
Now that you know there are certain risks involved with trying to repair your garage door yourself, it’s time to take a look at what types of issues you can encounter with your garage door — and whether it’s wise to troubleshoot them yourself or instead call a pro.
- Squealing or crunching noises during opening and closing: This issue can be due to two things: dirt in the tracks or a lack of lubrication on them. You can resolve this situation yourself by first cleaning dirt out of the tracks. Then, try opening and closing the door. If you still hear the noises, oil the tracks using a lubricant such as WD-40.
- Garage door lowers too quickly: If your garage door is moving faster than usual, you probably have a problem with the springs. Avoid using the door again, as doing so can be very dangerous. Call your garage door pro right away.
- Door doesn’t open all the way:Failure to fully open can be due to two issues. First, something may be blocking the tracks. Inspect them carefully and check for anything that might be obstructing the door’s path. If you can’t find anything, then the garage door spring isn’t functioning properly anymore. You’ll need to call a garage door professional to repair it.
- Garage door doesn’t open at all:Several issues could be causing this occurrence. The sensors might not work, the Wi-Fi connection might be disrupted on a smart garage door opener, or there could be a problem with the motor. You should call a professional to determine exactly what the problem is.
- Unit is misaligned or moves unevenly:This phenomenon is almost certainly due to one of the springs giving out. Don’t try to fix this yourself — call a professional.
Additional Resources On Garage Door Repair:
- Summer Home Maintenance Checklist
- How to Care for Your Garage and Prevent Costly Repairs
- Guide to Seasonal Garage Door Maintenance
- Garage Door Maintenance Checklist
- Do I Need Annual Garage Door Maintenance?