The ever-neglected garage door. It goes up; it goes down. We take it for granted until something goes wrong. You frantically look for your tool belt and a super-quick YouTube tutorial when the garage door starts acting up. But before you start dismantling the door, think twice about whether or not this is a good idea.
Chances are, you’re not a trained garage door technician. Even if you think the problem is simple and easy to fix, it’s always best to leave it to the professionals. They have the knowledge and experience to quickly assess the situation and make the necessary repairs.
This blog post will look at why garage door repairs aren’t a DIY job.
The Spring Systems are Under Tension
There are two spring systems in your garage door – extension and torsion systems. Of the two, torsion springs are the touch-me-not. They are tightly coiled and always under tension, making them incredibly dangerous to work with.
One wrong move and the spring could snap, causing the garage door to come crashing down. And if that happens, you or someone else could get seriously injured. Moreover, if you damage torsion springs, they will unpredictably shoot off and even cause death.
You Don’t Have the Right Tools
Garage door repairs aren’t a spanner-and-screwdriver job. You’ll need specialized tools to do the job right, such as a spring winder and winding bars. Even if you manage to find these tools, you may not know how to use them properly.
And if you don’t have them, it doesn’t make sense to invest in them for one-time use. Many homeowners try using the tools lying around in the garage, but that’s a recipe for disaster. The wrong size or type of tool will damage your door and your tools. You could also end up seriously injuring yourself.
Your garage door is a complex system with several interconnected parts. If you don’t know what you’re doing, it’s easy to make a mistake that will render your repairs ineffective.
For example, let’s say your garage door isn’t opening. You might think the problem is with the opener, so you go and buy a new one. But it turns out that the real problem was with the tracks that the door slid on.
You’ve wasted time and money on the wrong repair, and your garage door is still broken.
The Garage Door Might Fall
Garage door weight hundreds of pounds. Have you ever tried to lift something that heavy? It’s not easy.
You don’t want to risk your garage door slamming down while working on it. If it does fall, it may get damaged, damage the garage floor, anything kept in your garage, your car, etc. Falling garage doors are a typical do-it-yourself blunder.
Your pets, family, friends, or even strangers could get hurt if you try to repair your garage door on your own and fail.
So, everything points toward one thing alone: hire a professional for your garage door repair. They will know what they’re doing and be able to do it quickly and efficiently.
At Johnny B’s Garage Doors and Service, serving Fort Worth, TX, we take care of all your garage door issues. From spring maintenance to lock installation and repairs, we have you covered.