Garage doors usually aren’t given a second thought until they won’t open! The expenses of home ownership can add up fast, which is why it can be tempting to try to fix things yourself. While that’s possible for small issues, others should be left to the professionals.
When to DIY and When to Call a Professional
Google is helpful for a lot of reasons. You can find tutorials to help you fix almost anything. Homeowners easily address many small garage door issues, but some require a professional. If you’re debating making a repair yourself, be honest about your abilities, time, and level of expertise.
1) Faulty Garage Door Opener
When the garage door won’t open with the remote or wall switch, it’s most likely a problem with the power source. Check that the motor unit is plugged in. If it is, check the circuit breaker to see if it’s been tripped. If other lights or outlets in the garage aren’t operating, this is the likely cause, and you’ll need to reset the breaker or replace the burned-out fuse. Once you’ve tested these sources without succes, it’s possible the garage door opener motor has burned out. This is a problem that will require a professional garage door repairman.
2) Frozen Door
Sometimes a garage door will fail to open in the winter due to ice. Pouring warm water on the floor along the bottom of the garage door will melt the ice and should free the door. While a gentle jostling can loosen the door, be sure not to shake it too hard.
3) Old Weather Stripping
Warped, damaged, and old weather stripping can cause a lot of problems. Faulty seals can let water into your garage, cause issues with temperature regulation and create an unintended entrance for pests. Weather stripping is easy to remove and new stripping can be attached with special glue available at your hardware store.
4) Broken Springs
Broken spring replacement is dangerous because springs are under tension. Without the right tools, knowledge and safety measures, you can lose a finger, or worse! Springs are known to launch themselves through a room when incorrectly removed, which can cause damage or injury. If you spot broken or faulty springs, contact a professional to make the necessary repairs.
5) Sensor Problems
Dirt and cobwebs can build up over time and block the sensor from functioning. Inspect and clean the transmitter and receiver with a towel. While you’re doing that, check the sensor frame on either side of the system. If a frame mount is bent or broken, the light beam may not make it from the transmitter to the receiver. Make sure the sensors are secure, straight and clean. If you follow these steps and still have sensor issues, contact a professional.
6) Replacing Your Garage Door
Unless you have extensive experience with garage doors, it’s not recommended to attempt to replace your doors. Doing so requires wiring and installation expertise and should be done by a professional. This is especially true if your doors were structurally damaged (hit with a car, for example) since your garage will need to be inspected for damage.
Garage Door Repair Tips
When assessing a repair, it’s always wise to start with the basics. Ensure that electric elements are plugged in and receiving power from the breaker. Make sure they’re clean and free of buildup, and as you cross off possible sources for the problem, you’ll eventually reach a step you don’t know how to complete. That’s when you should bring in a professional.
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