If you want your garage door to stay in good working order, looking great and keeping your valuables safe, then regular maintenance is essential. Unfortunately, things can still go wrong between service checks, but many issues can be fixed on your own with the right guidance.
However, you should never attempt to fix something that was a big, technical, and dangerous job. Our guide will help you know when it’s time to call an expert for a garage door service.
If you’re experiencing garage door issues, then depending on what it is and the severity, you may be able to fix it yourself. Here are some of the most common issues and what you can do it try to fix it yourself.
- If hinges or rollers appear to be stuck, soaking them in kerosene might help. Use an old toothbrush to get into the small crevices. Rust can be removed with steel wool. Make sure all the parts are wiped clean before applying a lubricant.
- If the door is jamming, it may be down to weather-stripping. Check the sides and adjust or replace if needed.
- If you have an issue with the motor, then consult the user manual. If you do not have this, there are usually copies available online to download. Make sure the power supply to the motor is turned off before tackling any issues.
- There are plenty of DIY troubleshooting guides available for garage doors available online, as well as YouTube videos which are great for visuals on what to do.
However, be aware that just because there is a guide or video available, it doesn’t mean it is safe to do on your own. Always consult the professionals if you are unsure.
Leave big problems to the experts
It must be stressed that significant repairs should never be attempted on your own. Not only can you create greater damage, but you risk substantial injury.
Always leave big issues to the professionals. They are highly skilled and familiar with the issues that may cause a door to malfunction.
Dealing with springs is one of these issues that should always be left to the professionals. There are many different types, and they all react in their own way with some safer than others. Therefore as easy as a spring may seem to be to replace, they can produce a whole lot of energy – energy that can fly your way and cause some serious injury. The professionals not only know the safe way to do it but can also ensure you have the appropriate spring type for your door.
Spring replacements are not the only things you should leave to the professionals. Always call garage door experts like Doors Direct for advice if you are unsure whether it is a simple DIY job or one that should be left to someone with the skills and knowledge. Never attempt something you are uncertain about, even if it seems like a simple job.
Prevention is key
Many issues can be avoided with regular maintenance. Having an annual check means an expert is ensuring your garage door and all the mechanisms are in good working order. This doesn’t mean you should forget about it until the annual service. Monthly visual checks should be done to look for anything unusual, such as loose hinges and keeping rollers, hinges, roller tracks, and latches well lubricated with a solvent like WD-40.
Thousands end up in the hospital with garage door related injuries, with many stemming from trying to fix problems that should have been left to experts. Don’t be one of them! Whether it’s a regular maintenance check or service call, Doors Direct are experts in garage door repairs.