You can save money on DIY projects — sometimes. Garage door repair is not one of those times. Trust us. You can cause serious and expensive damage to your garage. And more alarmingly, you can put family members and pets in serious danger. Garage doors weigh hundreds of pounds. They are not to be messed with. Save that repair job for a professional.
Some garage door repairs are more dangerous than others. Here are a few garage door repairs you should definitely leave to a professional technician. Safety counts!
Broken Torsion Springs
Understand that torsion springs under tension can be incredibly dangerous. These springs have a certain lifecycle, typically 10,000, meaning your garage door can go up and down 10,000 times before they need to be replaced, give or take. Assuming that the average door is used 1,000 times a year, most springs will last about 10 years. When it’s time to replace them, always hire a professional.
Frayed or Broken Cables
Lift cables work with torsion springs, whereas retaining cables work with extension springs. Like springs, cables are under incredible tension. These are dangerous to work with and require specialized tools to repair safely. Always call a professional to repair cables.
Rollers are the wheels the garage door moves on to go up and down the track. Shaking or noise in a garage door can be a sign you need new rollers. You’ll need to hire a professional to replace rollers effectively. Ball bearing nylon rollers are your best bet. These rollers are quieter and will help your garage door open smoother.