Red Deer: Why Replacing Your Garage Door Is Best Left To Experts

Certain jobs require expertise and a particular set of skills and tools. Regardless of whether or not you are an excellent mechanic, you still take your car to a professional for jobs like spring replacement or rebuilding a transmission. Even the local handyman will call a plumber to check out low-water pressure problems.

Since the internet was introduced to the world, everyone now can look up home maintenance and convince themselves they can take care of it. The internet has videos of step by step processes on all household tasks; replace a faucet or change the oil on your lawnmower. Simple fixes that you can take care of.

However, when it comes to home repairs, you need to be realistic, especially regarding your skillset and tool availability. Even with the easiest to follow video, you are not an expert so the best option is to accept that some jobs are just better left to professionals.
Garage door repairs are a perfect example of jobs best left to the experts. Many garage door professionals with years of experience in installation, repair and maintenance have been faced with on the spot problems and correcting DIY mistakes.

Why repairing garage doors need to be left to the professionals?

Red Deer Windows & Doors Garage Door Repair pointed out a few facts on why repairs should be left to professionals”

• A malfunctioning garage door can be a hazard. They are unpredictable, and when not operating correctly they can cause serious injuries.
• Garage doors are heavy and not easy to move, especially ones with insulated multi-layer construction.
• The mechanics of a garage door involve several integrated parts working as a system, so if not approached correctly, some elements can be damaged while repairing others.
• Getting hold of the replacement parts can be difficult for those not part of a licensed business in the industry.
• Often unexpected issues can occur with repairing the mechanics of garage doors, in the hands of a professional you can be assured of efficient work in these instances.

Installing a Replacement Garage Door

While there are a few maintenance tasks you will be able to perform yourself; there are many examples as to why DIY repair can be dangerous to the untrained homeowner.

Garage doors are very heavy and consist of complex mechanics with springs, cables and sensors, making it one of the least attempted DIY jobs. There are most likely how to guides on the internet, and you may have a fiend that can help, but the risks of injury and more damage to the door are high. The mechanical intricacy and automation are, therefore, best handled by experts.

When it comes to single-layer manually lifted garage doors, you may possess the skills to repair the basic components. You will still definitely require physical strength to complete the job. Once you look at the amount of time you will invest in replacing a garage door, it will be more economical to hire a professional, despite the price.
The proper installation of a garage door requires specialised tools and industry training. The complicated systems need to be aligned correctly for functionality as well as to avoid injuries. You also risk losing out on warranty if the repairs or installation are not done professionally.

Replacing or Repairing Garage Door Springs

The opening and closing of the doors rely on the spring mechanisms. They coil and re-coil to move the doors up and down. They are essential to the functioning of the garage door. Lighter doors have them situated on the sides of the track whereas heavier doors have torsion springs above the door opening.

When the springs unwind, the door rose and stored up tension turns the shaft. Cable drums are attached to the shaft and these wind the cables around the intricate grooves, pulling the door up. The opposite motions occur for closing doors, as the cables unwind and the springs return to a tightly coiled position.

Springs are usually guaranteed by manufacturers for anywhere between three and seven ears depending on the brand. In their life span, springs should perform between 10,000 to 15,000 open-close cycles.

However, several factors can cause springs to become permanently worn out.

• When too much weight is placed on the door, such as extra paint, the addition of glass or extra insulation or hardware.
• Highly humid environments can cause corrosion and cracking.
• Poor garage door maintenance such as ignoring the need for repairs or oiling the wrong components.

While most manufacturers will provide instructions on replacing springs when the door is installed, without the proper mechanical knowledge, it is not an easy job. With extension springs, the replacement job is a little easier, but torsion spring replacement can be dangerous without the right knowledge. Working with torsion springs requires specialised tools and training, making this a more difficult job that a professional should handle.

The main problems that occur when untrained people try to repair garage door springs without professional help include:

• When trying to remove or adjust the spring system cables, the bottom bracket can easily break off.
• Removing the old spring can cause it to release unexpectedly, potentially hitting and causing damage to a person or building.
• The force released by the spring is strong enough to propel the person off their chair, which can be dangerous.

If you have concerns at all about your abilities to perform this task, it is best to hire a professional to be on the safe side.

Defective Garage Door Openers

While garage door openers are expected to function well for many years, they are no different than any other mechanism and can fail at any time. The potential problems can range from a simple fix of a bad sensor or more complicated problems like a bad circuit board.

Often you can find some resources online to help you troubleshoot the problem. In some cases, you will be able to identify the problem as a simple solution that you can take care. Needing a new remote or wall switch is easy to do, but you may also find that the problem is more severe.

Replacing Garage Door Panels

Over time your garage door will collect dents and punctures, as a result of everyday life. On multiple panel doors, damage to one can make the entire door look worn. It is possible to replace only one panel, but be sure to check with the manufacturers since they have different processes for removing and replacing panels. DIY panel repair can result in problems too.

• It is not always easy to identify makes and models, so often the wrong size or type of panel can be bought.
• Doors can open unexpectedly if not disconnected correctly, causing injury.
• Improper removal of springs will cause damage to property and injury to people.
• Other panels can get broken in the process of replacing the damaged one.• Manually opening and closing the door during repair is strenuous so can cause injury to a person.

Since most people are not adequately skilled and trained to understand the workings of garage door mechanics, hiring a professional service is the better choice.

Fixing a Detached Door

A garage door that has come off the tracks is inoperable. Depending on your strength and ability to do so, if noticed right away, you may be able to place it back on the tracks. More often than not, you will need professional help so they can fully assess the situation and determine if there was an underlying problem that caused it to go off track.

Each door requires a different method for replacing cables because of the various styles of pulley systems. The cables carry a great deal of tension so a snap could seriously injure and even kill someone. Given the risky and complicated job, this will be, hiring professionals would be the smart move.

Preventing Accidents

Replacing and repairing garage doors can lead to many problems and injuries, as discussed. When it comes to general maintenance tasks, it is important to still remember safety around these mechanisms.

• Regularly test the door by closing it with a roll of paper towels under it. A functioning door will reverse as soon as it touches the roll, so if it continues to close, it is time to call for service.
• Keep instructions and emergency information in an easy to access location. Manufacturer recommendations and the emergency release mechanism are things that will be needed in an emergency.
• Make sure all family members, especially children understand the safety rules for being around and in the garage. Staying away from the door when moving is the number one rule.
• Activation controls need to be installed at least 6 feet above the ground to prevent children from tampering with them. Keep all remotes out of the reach of children too.
• Using keypad switches also act as an additional safety net to protect children, so are worth having.

Maintenance and Preventative Tips

Professional garage companies have their technicians regularly inspect systems for prevention. However, there are some maintenance tasks you can perform yourself, with care.

• Check your door often by looking and listening to it as it works. If anything seems unusual, then call a technician.
• Check all hardware because constant movements/vibrations can cause nuts and bolts to loosen or come free. Tightening them will help prevent a malfunction that can be dangerous when brackets are not secure.
• Make sure your door is balanced. Check this by disconnecting the opener and lifting the door halfway up and making sure the door stays put. If it does not then it is likely the springs need to be adjusted.
• As part of any winter preparations, be sure to check the weather-stripping on the door. Any ripped, torn or cracked stripping needs to be replaced. This can be done without an expert by fitting it into grooves with the wide angle on the inside of the door.
• Be sure to lubricate chains and screws. The appropriate materials to use are white lithium grease and a spray lubricant for all overhead springs.

When you have a trained technician helping you, you will receive a reliable and quick diagnosis. There are so many elements (tracks, cables, springs and transmitters) without the knowledge it can be hard to determine where the problem is. What could appear to be an opener problem could be faulty tracks, and it would take an expert to identify this. If you attempt to fix that without knowing where the real problem is, could result in further damage to the unit or injury.

Trained garage door specialists and technicians are skilled at identifying every problem from unexpected obstructions to build up on sensors. Even if you are confident in your handyman abilities, garage door maintenance and replacement is tricky. Safety issues are a big concern so proper methods are preferred as offered by trained technicians.