For many, having an automatic garage door is one of life’s little luxuries. This can mean, problems that leave your garage door disabled or only partially functional can be especially irksome. While many homeowners may assume common garage door repairs can be performed after watching a few instructional videos online, there are several safety-related reasons to avoid trying to solve your garage service needs yourself.
Read on to learn more about some of the most frequent garage door services performed, as well as why it generally isn’t a good option to try to repair your own garage door without assistance from professionals like the team at Aladdin Doors of Kane County.
Door Off Its Tracks
When one of the small wheels that keeps your garage door on its track becomes dislodged, your door may refuse to open, or be stuck in the open position. In some cases, this may be caused by a bent spot on the track that has allowed the wheel to slip out; in other cases, a broken or bent wheel may be to blame.
Regardless of how your garage door was sent off the rails, you’ll want a professional’s help to solve this issue. Garage doors are surprisingly (and deceptively) heavy, and trying to put your door back on its track by yourself can risk smashed fingers or worse.
Broken Or Bent Spring
Automatic garage doors make use of large, heavy, ultra-tense springs to support the full weight of the door and to reduce the wear and tear on the door opener’s motor. Because these springs are made from metal, they can be susceptible to rust and other damage over time. A garage door with a damaged spring may crash to the ground instead of closing gently, or make exaggerated groaning noises upon opening.
Because garage door springs are made from solid steel under thousands of pounds of pressure per square inch, you don’t want to try spring repair yourself. If a damaged spring gives way while you’re standing too close, you could be severely injured.
In some cases, the issue may not be with your door itself, but with the keypad designed to open and close it. Electrical problems with your keypad can be more than an annoyance. If left unresolved, they can often leave your home less secure by making your garage more vulnerable to break-ins.
Fortunately, in many cases, your problems can be fully resolved simply by having a new keypad installed. You may even want to opt for an upgraded entry system that allows you to open and close your garage door (or even remotely monitor garage activity) from your smartphone or tablet.
Regardless of whether you’re facing problems with your motor, tracks, springs, or another part of your garage door system, Aladdin Doors of Kane County has you covered. Give our friendly technicians a call today or learn more about our services online.