Many people are proud of their handyman skills. There is a certain level of satisfaction in being able to perform many home repairs on your own. You might also want to save money from hiring a professional.
But garage doors are a bit more complicated. Should you do your own garage door repair?
While you may save a few bucks carrying out repairs on your own, you may want to reconsider because there are various dangers in performing these tasks without the proper training and tools required.
These repairs may look simple at first but attempting these major repairs without extensive technical knowledge about garage doors is a disaster waiting to happen. Even if you are quite handy with many areas of your home, remember that garage door systems are quite complicated.
According to a study, there are about 20,000 injuries related to garage doors per year. There is a serious risk of injury not only to yourself but to someone else.
This is why it is still best to seek the help of a professional technician when it comes to garage door repairs. Here are some of the reasons why you shouldn’t do your own garage door repairs.
Garage door systems are complex. They consist of many working parts including the parts of the door itself, the motor, and the electrical system that make them all work together. Just by this fact, you should get the idea that not only should you have technical skills but also a professional knowledge about electrical systems to even attempt to tinker with it.
These parts require a great deal of knowledge from the springs to the motor in order for you to handle them properly. If you do not have the experience and the training on how to perform these repairs, you could get hurt.
Is it worth risking your safety? What about your family’s? Somebody could walk in on you in the middle of the repair and get injured.
Additionally, these injuries and accidents may not be covered by your insurance especially since you attempted these repairs on your own and not as a result of your job.
Say, you got lucky and you’ve avoided these injuries. You may think you have successfully fixed whatever is malfunctioning but there is a good chance that the system was not fixed properly. This is very common in people who attempt a DIY garage door repair.
Attempting to fix damaged parts or a faulty system without professional garage door repair knowledge could result in an unreliable fix. You may also have fixed it temporarily but the problem will eventually come back.
Someone who has not undergone the required training will most likely do faulty repairs. It’s not just a waste of time but it could also be extremely dangerous because the problem could get worse and could cause more damage than it should have.
You would also need to have the appropriate materials and tools to perform such repairs. If you want to replace a damaged part with a new one, you need to make sure that you have the appropriate item for the system to work properly.
Some parts look the same but they could have different functions and you need to be very particular where you place them. A misplaced part is just as good as a malfunctioning one. Since you don’t have the experience in garage door repair, there’s a good chance that you would choose the wrong part or a poor-quality one.
A professional technician would be able to quickly distinguish which part is the correct one. They would also know which brands are reliable and would last longer.
If you choose a poor-quality replacement for a part, it could cause damage to the entire garage door system and you could end up spending more money in replacing other parts.
Worst of all, you run the risk of causing permanent damage to your entire garage door system. Since you are not a professional, all repairs that you attempt to do could do more harm than good.
Every part, even small screws, in your garage door system plays an important and distinct role. They have specific tasks to make your garage door operate properly. One missing part, incorrect part, or misplaced item could blow the whole thing up.
It is also possible for the DIY repairs to result in irreversible damage to the system, the garage door, to your entire garage.
Amateurs who attempt to repair their own garage door should rethink their decision. It’s very tempting and it’s understandable why you might want to do your own garage door repair but think of the consequences of a faulty repair.
So, what should you do? It’s still best to call a professional garage door technician to handle your garage door repairs.
A professional technician would have undergone extensive training and they would have studied how garage door systems work. They would know the best way to approach whatever is malfunctioning in your garage door and they would have the tools and equipment required to perform the repairs.
Their repairs would also last longer and ensure that the same problem doesn’t happen again. Finally, they would be able to perform a reliable repair which will not cause further damage to your garage door system.
Here are other advantages of hiring a professional garage door technician: