DIY Garage Door Repair

When a person is having a trouble with their garage door, often times their first instinct is to call someone who specializes in garage door repairs. One may find that it isn’t always necessarily hard to repair a garage door, can be an easy DIY job, and will almost always be cheaper. Here is a list of the most common garage door issues, make sure you assess your handyman skills before attempting to repair the more advanced problems.
Before you attempt to troubleshoot what is wrong with the garage door, check the garage door opener itself to make sure it is not causing the problem. Check to make sure the electrical plug to the opener is plugged in and that the electrical outlet it is plugged into is currently functioning. Next, listen for the noise that should be coming from the opener, if you can’t hear it, you may need to replace it. Last, clean the lens of the optic laser safety control for any dust or debris and make certain that nothing is currently blocking it If the garage door will only open partially, it is most likely a result of the springs losing tension, which means they will need to be replaced. If it is a roll-up door that only has one torsion spring at the centre of the door, do not try to repair it yourself.

The tension from the spring is extremely powerful, and it could easily injure you If the springs aren’t the issue, check to make sure the gears and motors are functioning properly If the garage door fails to close from an open position, or if it attempts to close momentarily but then immediately reverses to the open position, there is almost certainly a safety device problem. If the garage door opener has a manual button, this can be used to close the garage door. You can troubleshoot the safety devices by checking that the photosensors are currently lit up, if not there is most likely a problem with the connections or wires.

The next step is the check motor unit; it may need adjusting to put up with a change of weather or wear of the door. Last, check to make sure the infrared sensor is aligned properly by aligning the sensor close to your eye by using the led indicator guide

If the door immediately reverses after hitting the ground, the close limit switch most likely needs adjusting. If the garage door reverses before hitting the ground and the issue wasn’t fixed from any of the above methods, the close force switch may need adjusting. If the garage opens, but not altogether, the limit switch should be adjusted toward the motor unit. If the door opens and the motor does not stop running, the limit switch should be adjusted away from the motor unit.

These are the most common DIY garage door repairs, if these don’t fix the garage door, you may want to consider hiring a professional. It may be costly, but you have to decide whether it’s worth the time and risk of possibly worsening the problem, or even worse, injuring yourself.



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