If your garage door isn’t opening and closing as it should, you may be wondering if there’s a way you can go about DIY garage door repair. However, there are a number of reasons why you should reconsider. While it may seem that it is easy to fix a garage door yourself, you may be putting yourself and your family in danger. Furthermore, if you’re trying to save money by fixing your garage yourself, you may end up actually paying more in the long run. If you don’t know what you are doing and aren’t a professional, you may end up causing more damage than repair. If these reasons aren’t enough for you to reconsider fixing a garage door yourself, here are three of the most risky threats of repairing a garage door yourself.
Bodily harm is the leading threat for why homeowners should reconsider repairing a garage door themselves. Garage door systems are designed and developed to include a number of safety features. However, when a garage door malfunctions, breaks, or needs tune-ups, these safety features may not be completely functional. The result is putting yourself at danger of serious injury due to garage door collapses, springs breaking, and other issues. Surely, you’d rather pay a professional to fix your garage than pay the hospital for you medical bills!
Proper garage door repair can work to extend the life of your garage door system. However, if you attempt to replace or repair garage door parts yourself, there’s a chance you could damage the system even further. Without professional help, you could accidentally impair essential functions, disrupt the garage door alignment which can put more stress on the system, and replace parts incorrectly which can make them wear more quickly. While garage doors are meant to last up to 15 years, if you don’t maintain and repair them correctly, they may not last nearly as long. So, you’ll end up needing to purchase a brand new garage door instead of maintaining the one you have. Obviously, this costs much more than a fee to simply replace or repair the damage that was there at first.
If damaging yourself or your garage door system isn’t enough to sway your opinions about fixing your garage door on your own, consider the damage you could do to your home, vehicles, and/or other possessions stored within your garage. The number one reason why people may do damage to their possessions during DIY garage door repair is garage door springs. Springs play a major part in garage door function as they expand and contract to allow for the door movement. However, they only live for so long, and may end up breaking, leading to the need for repair. But, if you don’t know how to properly manipulate the spring, it could release and ricochet onto your things causing damage. Or, it can even lead to the entire collapse of your garage door, which can crush anything and everything inside your garage.
Certainly, there may be scenarios which you may not need to hire professionals when it comes to your garage door system. For example, if your remote isn’t working, it may simply need the batteries replaced. Or, if your garage door isn’t functioning due to a photo eye problem, it’s not uncommon that a homeowner can figure out the issue and get it to work again. However, if you can see that your garage door is off track, springs are broken, or cables have snapped, it’s definitely a good idea to get the professionals on the job.
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