Should You Attempt a Garage Door Repair Yourself?

garage door repair DIYWhen your electric garage door stops working, there are some things to check before calling in a professional.

  • If the door does not close all of the way or continually returns to open, make sure there is nothing blocking the sensors. The sensors are located about 18 inches off the ground on either side of the garage door.
  • Check to see if the circuit breaker has been tripped. Your garage door opener can’t work without electricity and a tripped circuit breaker is sometimes the problem.
  • Make sure the garage door isn’t locked. A garage door that has been manually locked will not open when you try to use the electric garage door opener.

If none of these simple solutions solves your problem and you are feeling handy, look to see if the door has come off of the tracks. Part of the track system may have become bent or something could be stuck in the track.

If the track is clear, the sensors are free from anything blocking them and the circuit breaker is reset, it’s time to call in a professional. If the motor is broken and needs replacement, a professional will be able to replace the motor safely. An inexperienced person could get hurt trying to replace a garage door motor because it involves connecting to electricity and the motor is heavy.

The chain on the garage door might be broken. It’s possible for an amateur to replace this chain, but keep these tips in mind:

  • Make sure the power to the unit is turned off.
  • Buy the right size chain both in length and link size.
  • Use a stable ladder that is the right height and holds your weight.
  • Take your time and find the right tools you need before getting up on the ladder.
  • Ask for help if you need it.

Garage door repair can get expensive so it’s good to check for the simple things that could be wrong with your system before calling a professional. As you assess the situation, look for the easier fixes first to avoid unnecessary calls to a professional service that repairs garage doors.

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