Does your garage door need maintenance or repair? Then you’re probably wondering if you can save a few bucks by taking care of it yourself. After all, who doesn’t like saving a few bucks?

You can do a lot of good for your garage door without having to hire a professional garage door service. Just take care! If you attempt certain types of garage door repairs, there’s a good chance you will damage your door – or worse yet, injure yourself.

If you’re a DIYer with no particular training in garage door repair, then it’s important to know what you can do on your own and what you need expert help for. Here are the quick dos and don’ts of garage door repairs!


Do Your Own Preventative Maintenance

Your garage door can only benefit from a little routine maintenance every now and so often. If you want quieter operation and longer-lasting parts, then we recommend doing the following every spring:

  • Clean tracks
  • Lubricate metal parts
  • Tighten loose hardware
  • Replace cracked weather stripping

Garage door maintenance also gives you a good opportunity to inspect parts up close. If you notice a frayed cable, cracked panel or missing roller, call up a garage door repair & replace pro!


Do Pay Attention to Signs of Damage

Your garage door will usually give you a sign when one of its parts is failing or broken. The door may take unusually long to open or close if its torsion or extension springs have worn out. It may fail to do either for the same reason. It may make squeaking or grinding noises if its tracks or rollers have rusted. It can pop and rattle if any of its hardware has come loose.

If you notice any signs of damage, take the appropriate steps to correct them right away. Every part of a garage door is interconnected. When one breaks or stops working properly, it accelerates wear and tear on the whole system.


Don’t Repair a Broken Track

If it becomes bent, warped, dented, or otherwise damaged, a garage door track will prohibit smooth operation (if it allows operation at all).

This is a tempting repair to attempt on your own, because you already know what a straight track should look like. Resist the temptation! DIY track repair is more likely to do harm than good. Only the pros are qualified to realign tracks.


Don’t Repair a Broken Roller

A garage door roller is basically just a little wheel on the tip of an axle; a simple enough part that allows the garage door to glide up and down its track.

You may rationalize that replacing a roller is easy. And it is: to a trained professional. If it’s repaired or installed incorrectly, a roller can cause the garage to suddenly drop to the ground with all its weight. That’s a big problem for anyone who happens to be standing under it.


Don’t Repair a Broken Spring

A garage door’s torsion springs counterbalance the door’s weight by generating torque equal to its weight. Garage doors aren’t light – usually around 150 to 200 pounds – which is why torsion springs have to be very powerful.

If you don’t have the tools and training to release a torsion spring, then you risk severe injury by attempting to. Take a look at this video and tell us if you’d like your fingers anywhere near that thing!


Don’t Repair a Broken Cable

Cables are direct extensions of a garage door’s torsion springs. They assist in counterbalancing the door’s weight, which means they can carry a lot of tension. You don’t want to imagine what kind of harm a broken steel cable can do while it’s cracking like the end of a whip.


Do Call Shawn’s Garage Door Today

If you need garage door repair, maintenance, installation or replacement in the greater Sioux City, IA area, then you’ve already found your best solution. Contact Shawn’s Garage Door today! We’ll do everything to your garage door that you shouldn’t – quickly, correctly and affordably.