DIY Garage Door Repairs

There are some DIY garage door repairs you can do, others are best left to the Pro’s

garage door track adjustment
adjusting garage door track

Can you fix a broken garage door on your own?

There are some repairs that the DIY battler can tackle. Below are some examples :

  1. Lubrication: An under lubricated garage door can be noisy during operation. Applying a lubricant such as silicone spray and/or lithium grease to moving parts, such as rollers, hinges and springs can significantly improve the door’s performance. Remember to clean the parts before applying the lubricant with a rag & degreaser and avoid using grease or oil, as they can attract dirt and debris which can clog up. Never grease the tracks, the rollers are designed to roll, not slide.
  2. Tightening Loose Hardware: Over time, the constant movement of the garage door can cause hardware, such as nuts, bolts, and screws, to become loose. This can lead to noisy operation and affect the doors reliability. Regularly inspect and tighten any loose hardware using appropriate tools. Be cautious not to overtighten, as it may cause damage. Some common areas we see loose screws are in the windstruts (strengthening bars that run horizontally on the back of the garage door) and hinges. Loose screws can cause your hinges to break and the screws can even lodge in your tyres.
  3. Resetting limits: Periodically, you should test your garage door opener for safety. This usually includes placing a block of wood on the floor and closing the door onto it. The door should stop and retract, (consult the installation manual for your garage door opener to see what procedure the manufacturer recommends). If the test fails, you may need to adjust the safety reverse force settings.

Garage door repairs you should not DIY

Some repairs are best left to the professionals. These include:

  1. Torsion spring adjustments: Garage door springs are under tremendous load and if you don’t know what you’re doing, you can seriously injure yourself. You can test if your springs may need re-tensioning or inspecting by releasing the manual lever and then lifting the door by hand. The garage door should be fairly light and smooth. It should also stay i the position it is left in, for example, if you lift the door 1/3 of the way up and let it go, it shouldn’t want to fall down. If your door feels like it’s heavy or unbalanced please contact us.
  2. Torsion cable replacement and adjustments: Check your torsion cables (they are a metal wire that runs down both sides of the door) for signs of “birds nesting” as we call it. This means the wire strands have started to fray. If that is the case please call a professional as they will require replacement. Like torsion springs, torsion cables are under extreme load and shouldn’t be adjusted, replaced or touched by a DIY operator. Serious injury can result.
  3. Loose or sagging chain on the garage door opener: When this happens, most people thing that the chain has stretched and it needs tightening. In 99% of scenarios this is not the case. Chains rarely stretch and often the cause of a sagging chain is worn drive gears. Call a professional garage door repairer for inspection. This is very common with Guardian 21230L and B&D Cad4 openers.

As you can see, there are some garage door repairs that can be completed by the home owner and some that should be left to the experts. At Perth Garage Door Repair we offer same day callouts and affordable repairs. Call us now, fill in the contact form and we will respond promptly or check out the Services we offer.

If you are experienced at garage door repairs and would like to purchase your own garage door parts, we recommend Aus Garage Door Parts.

broken torsion springs are not a DIY garage door repair

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