Is it Safe to Repair a Garage Door Yourself?
March 28, 2023
At some point, a garage door will need to be repaired, either because of daily wear-and-tear or because of an unexpected situation. In some cases, due to either confidence by the garage owner or a modest budget, the repair is handled by that individual.
A DIY fix may reduce the cost of the repair, but there are also reasons why that might not be the best way to go.
Lack Of Proper Training
Our technicians go through extensive training to be able to assess and repair a garage door. With their experience, they know the proper protocols and safety procedures.
While you may find that you can repair your garage door on your own, replacing damaged or broken parts is best done by a certified technician.
Repairing a garage door can be time consuming potentially taking an entire weekend. Scheduling a service call to handle these repairs, gives that time back to you. It also will give you peace of mind knowing that the repair is done right.
Making Things Worse
While we do not intend to make things worse, DIY repairs can often lead to that. Whether it’s due to the lack of the correct tools or not understanding the entire scope of the issue, you can possibly increase the cost of the repair.
Most people do not think about potential injuries when doing their own garage door repairs. However, it is important to understand that injuries can happen.
Injury can be caused by falling from a ladder, or in rarer cases, the door falls while being repaired and can cause bodily damage to anyone that may be in the door’s path. Attempting to repair the springs could also be dangerous. Because of the tension in the springs, if one would break or let loose, severe injury could occur.
Tasks You Can Do
While we understand that you might not want to set up a service appointment to extend the life of your garage door, there are a few things you can do.
- Keep your garage door clean and free of debris.
- Periodically wash down the part of your door facing the outside. Make sure to scrub it, particularly in the spring and fall.
- You can also paint your garage door if you wish. Many homeowners wish to give their garage doors a fresh coat of paint after a few years.
Give us a call or send us a message about your concerns or to set up a service appointment.