Sure, some garage door repairs fit into the DIY category if you’re fairly handy with tools and can Google it. But remember a garage door weighs hundreds of pounds. It raises and lowers with amazing ease because of the incredible tension in your torsion springs, a withheld force that also makes them extremely dangerous. Plus, a garage door costs thousands to replace.
If you don’t know what you are doing you can do some serious damage to the door and yourself. Tread carefully. If you’re in over your head, call in a professional garage door service. Let’s take a look at 3 major risks you’ll face doing garage door repairs yourself.
Serious Bodily Injury
Your garage door works as safely as it does because of its security features that are designed to protect homeowners from injury. If you tinker with the wrong part of the door, say the springs, and don’t know what you’re doing, it can be extremely risky. You could end up in the emergency room. The injuries can even be fatal. Any complicated repair, especially involving springs or cables, should always be left to a professional.
You Can Cause Expensive Damage to Your Door
Most people attempt their own DIY garage door repairs to save money. But you can just as easily do some expensive damage to your door. Even shoddy repairs can put unnecessary strain on your garage door or shorten its lifespan. You can expect to get at least 15 to 30 years of quality use out of a garage door. But that depends not only on the quality of the door, but how well you take care of it. If you don’t repair a door correctly, you might shorten its lifespan, even if you don’t realize it at the time.
You Could Damage Vehicles, House, or Other Possessions
As we mentioned, that garage door weighs hundreds of pounds. If it comes crashing down, you could seriously damage lawn equipment, bikes, or cars. And if you mess with the springs or put undue strain on them, they could snap, damaging vehicles, your home, or even people.
Face It — You’d Rather Be Doing Something Else
What’s your ideal Saturday? Be honest. Chances are, repairing your garage door is not at the top of your list. You could be watching the game, reading a book in a hammock, going for a hike or even go hang gliding. And one thing you can be sure about garage door repair: It will always be harder and more complicated than you expect. Things will go wrong. No job is as simple as it first appears. Save yourself the trouble and hire a professional. Weekends for relaxing, not garage door repair. Go live your best life and let us take care of the hard stuff.
The bottom line is if you aren’t sure about a repair, call a professional that can do it safely. It’s just not worth the expense or the safety risk.
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