Solve Some Garage Door Problems Yourself10/21/2014 Back To Blog
Most hours of the day we are obliged to deal with various problems and complexities that eventually due to our lifetime experience we have learned to avoid and solve on our own. Though, when it comes to garage doors, it is a completely different story. Technical details, differentiations among each system, the whole complexity of the mechanism, and last but not least the tremendous weight of the door make garage door repairs very difficult tasks.
At times, they can also be dangerous, too. Official statistics show that many people get injured by attempting to replace or fix garage door springs without having expertise. The tragic thing is that some accidents are fatal or extremely serious. Such outrageous repercussions have become the warnings to those who are planning to meddle with such complicated systems. On the other hand, if you are careful, follow basic rules, and don't try to prove your talent as a handyman, you can manage to fix a few things without tragedies.
What are your garage door tasks
Fixing garage door parts presupposes having knowledge that something is wrong with your system. For this reason, keeping your mind on the way the door moves, whether it shuts down properly, and whether it makes weird sounds or not is important. Inspections are also essential. Such tasks won't put you in any danger, especially if you are careful. You don't actually have to approach the springs too much. If the door is broken you will know it since the door may not open properly, or at all.
Moreover, you can check whether the door is balanced.
You just have to disconnect the electric operator and see if the door remains open at about 3 or 4 feet above the floor. While you are there and with the opener re-connected, push the button to close the door but hold the bottom part to provide resistance. This is one way to check whether the reversing system will work. Of course, you must also test the sensors by using an object this time. Place it under the descending door to see if the safety beams will see it and reverse the panel. You could also tighten all fasteners and if parts haven't been lubricated for long, it will be nice to lubricate them. Lubrication maintenance always makes miracles!