Garage door repair needs may be simple or complex. When you hear a squeak, or it refuses to open or close, you may not be sure if it is an issue you can address yourself. If you perform regular maintenance to keep parts running smoothly, you can usually prevent the need to contact a professional on a regular basis. However, there are some issues you should not take on yourself, including the following:
If you need to replace one or more of your panels, keep in mind that this is not only a functional issue, it is a cosmetic issue. You need to make sure that the panels are made for and match your specific brand, type, color, and material. Not only can a professional make sure the right panels are ordered, but they will also install them correctly. An expert can also let you know if there are things you can do to lessen the need for panel replacement in the future.
When the springs break or become damaged, your garage door will not operate properly. It may have torsion or extension springs, each with different replacement requirements. You need special equipment and training to make this type of repair so that the right parts are used, and the chances of injury are reduced.
Damaged Rollers or Bent Tracks
The rollers allow your door to move. Over time, they can become worn and need replacement. They are inside tracks, which may also need replacing if they become bent or damaged from an accident. As with springs, you should have someone with proper training and tools take care of issues with rollers or tracks.
The cables are under a lot of tension to control your door functions properly. Because of this tension, cables can be a dangerous repair project. Leave this type of issue to the professionals.
With regular minor maintenance activities, you can reduce the chances that you will have major garage door repair issues down the road. Here are a few things you can do to keep it operating smoothly:
Keep Nuts and Bolts Tightened
Because of the frequent movement, the nuts and bolts that hold the whole system together can become loose over time. Inspect and tighten all of the bolts, brackets, and hardware that hold the rails and support brackets.
You should lubricate the opener’s screw or chain on an annual basis with white lithium grease. This will help keep the opener operating smoothly and quietly, as well as prolong its life. Check with your owner’s manual to see if lubrication is necessary for your particular parts.
You should periodically test that your door is properly balanced. You must first disengage the opener, and then lower the door to a halfway position. If properly balanced, it will maintain this position without you having to hold it in place. If it rides back up, the springs have too much tension, and you will need to contact a professional.
Even if you keep up with regular maintenance, garage door repair services may be needed at some point during the life of your home. Talk with a licensed professional about their experience and services, and do not hesitate to bring them in for the more complex or dangerous issues.