If you’ve found yourself typing the phrase “garage door repair” into a search engine lately, you may be overwhelmed with the amount of information presented, leaving you wondering where to begin. While some garage door fixes can be quite simple, others require a fair amount of expertise and the right equipment. It’s important not to embark on this project without first taking some preparatory measures. Read on for five steps you’ll want to take whenever you’re dealing with a malfunctioning or just plain broken garage door.
1) Diagnose the Problem
Fixing an issue with your garage door is made much tougher if you’re not quite sure what the problem is. And while some issues may be self-evident, like a broken torsion spring or a loose pulley cable, it’s a good idea to figure out what caused the problem in the first place to ensure you’re fixing the underlying issue and not just the symptoms.
The diagnostic process can usually be narrowed down by identifying the visible issues–whether a door that won’t open, a door that won’t close, or a door that opens partway and then stops. It helps to have some background knowledge of the mechanical elements of a garage door and how each works to raise and lower the door. For example, a door that won’t close, or will only partially close, may have a problem with the “seeing eye” sensor that gives the door permission to shut itself. A door that won’t open could be the result of problems with the door opener motor, the torsion spring, or the pulley system that hoists the door.
2) Perform the Repair-or-Replace Analysis
Depending on exactly what kind of garage door issues you’re facing, it may be more economical (or more effective) to replace the entire door assembly rather than attempt repair. In other cases, a cheap or simple fix may be all that’s needed to get your door back in top shape again. After diagnosing your issue, you’ll be better able to estimate the repair costs and weigh the factors to reach a final decision.
3) Find a Buddy
Garage door repair isn’t a one-person process, even for the pros. Whether you’d like someone to actively assist or just remain on standby to hand you tools, it’s a good idea to have at least one other person roped into your garage door repair efforts.
4) Gather Your Tools
Garage door repair can require some specialty tools not everyone has. For example, the torsion spring that controls the upward and downward movement of your garage door is under thousands of pounds of pressure, simply taking this apart can be deadly. You’ll need the proper tools to re-torque the spring and ensure it’s able to support your garage door that weighs several hundred pounds.
5) Contact the Professionals
Because garage door repair can be a complicated, time-intensive, and sometimes even dangerous process, it’s not always the best DIY project. If you’re unsure what’s wrong with your door, aren’t mechanically inclined, and/or don’t have the tools to repair it yourself, contacting the pros at Aladdin Doors Aurora will ensure your repair or replacement is as quick, effective, and inexpensive as possible.