5 Reasons Not to DIY Your Garage Door Repair

Twin Cities Garage Door Repair

Before you roll your eyes and dig out your wrench set anyway, let us say that we are usually big fans of DIY solutions. There are literally dozens of maintenance and repair tasks that homeowners can save time, money, and hassle by learning how to take care of for themselves. In fact, we’re always happy to teach homeowners about how their garage doors work and how we fix them. However, when it comes to actually handling garage doors, this is something best left in the hands of professionals. Why, you ask? Because garage doors are dangerous. Statistically, you are more likely to be crushed by your own broken garage door than to fall off your roof. You are more likely to seriously damage a finger or hand in a garage panel gap than you are to slam a hand in your car door. And finally, you’re more likely to rip up your garage installation trying a fix than you are to run into the garage door with your car (often the initial cause of repair attempts).

While it is possible to bang your garage door temporarily back into shape enough to get in or out, when it comes to real permanent repairs, let us explain why it’s best if you do not DIY just this once.

1) You Might Void the Warranty

Let’s start off light, as these things go. The first reason to reconsider simply kicking your garage door back into shape is the warranty. Most if not all new garage door installations come with a warranty on part replacement and possibly even repair costs in the first few years. However, while the warranty may cover accidents or storm damage, it definitely will not cover DIY repair solutions. If you still have a garage door warranty, consider it before busting out the crowbar and power drill.

2) It’s Easy to Make it Worse

The second reason why you will want to rethink your garage door DIY aspirations is how very, very easy it is to turn a bad garage door situation into a much worse one. Let us tell you from experience, some of the worst damage we’ve ever seen wasn’t from the initial backing-into or disconnection, but from what homeowners tried to do to fix these problems. Garage doors warped, hanging off of badly bent tracks, or ripped from the mechanism are all possible results of clumsy DIY garage door repair attempts.

3) Garage Doors are Very Heavy

Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s talk safety. While warranties and repair disasters are concerning, what we’re really worried about is that people will drop their own garage doors on themselves, their stuff, and their cars. While it may not seem that when it’s gliding smoothly up and down on the track, garage doors are very heavy. Most of the time, they are made of solid metal and meant to be resistant to home invasion attempts as well as the weather. When a garage door separates from its track, all that weight is no longer supported by steel bars and is likely to fall heavily on whatever it’s above at that moment. Don’t be under your garage door if it falls.

4) Garage Doors Fall When they Come Off the Track

Now let’s talk about the track in particular. Garage door tracks are sturdy bars with slots that support rollers. These incredibly strong rollers slot into the tracks and the edge of the door and are what allows the door to slide so smoothly up and down. However, even an inch of bending on the tracks and those rollers can be pulled out of position, no longer supporting the door. If your tracks bend or if you bend the tracks trying to fix something else, the garage door will fall. And as we mentioned, this is a very dangerous place to be.

5) 3 Words: High Tension Spring

Finally, beyond how dangerously heavy garage doors are when not supported, there’s also the little matter of high tension wires and springs. What lifts the door and causes it to slide on the tracks is a combination of wires and usually a dual-sided high-tension spring. If one of these snaps, and they can absolutely snap, you could lose an eye, a limb, or your life. High-tension means that when that tension is released, the backlash can be both random and powerful. The best way to avoid this danger is to not mess with a broken garage spring or wire unless you are a trained professional and know exactly what to do.

If your garage door is broken, or if you’re the local handyperson and someone else has asked you to fix their garage door, double-check your thinking on any DIY solutions. For minor dents, paint touch-ups, and replacing the battery on the garage door opener, everything should be perfectly safe. However, if there is something wrong with the track, spring, wires, or major panel damage, please, for everyone’s sake, leave it to the professionals. For more information about garage door repairs, contact us today!