DIY Garage Door Repair Tips
Garage doors are a necessary part of any home. In the event of an emergency, they can provide you with access to your house if no one is available to come open it for you or help take care of the problem. However, sometimes these doors will malfunction and need fixing before they can be used again.
There are a number of ways to fix your garage door without an extra hand. First you need to check where the problem is. Is the door not opening from one side? If so, this is likely caused by a broken spring. The problem might also be with the motor or that someone left it open and forgot to close it again. Closing off access to your garage if you have a power failure in order to prevent anyone else accidentally leaving it open might be a solution for you. Checking electrical wires and connections inside the wall panels in case any are frayed are also a must-do. Replacing an old gearbox with assistance from two people who will help lift up on each end while you slide out and replace it (one person need only hold up at both ends). Also, installing new springs can be beneficial to your garage and reduce the risk of a future malfunction
Installing an automatic door opener which can be done by any competent handyman. This will require you to have at least one overhead door that is currently manual in order to install it on top of, or next to the other doors so they all open automatically as well (or if not already installed, this would also allow access in case there’s power outage)
Try cleaning up debris from inside floor panels with broom and dustpan before checking out what might be causing gear jams restricting movement or getting caught. When installing new springs, make sure you are replacing them with identical size/strength versions because over time weather conditions cause metal fatigue – this includes damage, breaking, or corrosion.
If still not opening try lubricating the track in order to remove any rust and debris – make sure you check for loose parts that can be causing jamming, a door closer which might need adjusting/replacement, or anything else obstructing movement of the doors. If your garage door opener won’t work from inside then there is probably an issue with power supply so first thing to do would be checking breakers at fuse box to see if it’s been shut off by accident (or worse yet blown).
Of course, the best way to properly carry out a garage door fix is to hire a professional. That way you will reduce risk of making things even worse.