Tips for Do-it-Yourself Garage Door Repairs

Broken garage doors can be frustrating for the whole family. Hopefully yours has a fail-safe mechanism that allows it to be opened without the motor in operation, but if not, your cars are stuck in the garage until you can get it fixed. Now, garage door servicing can be costly and in some cases is probably worth it, but for simpler fixes, you might be better off doing it yourself. Read on below to see how you can save money and make sure your garage door is in tip-top shape.

Is Your Garage Door Noisy?

Noisy garage doors can be disruptive and annoying, but they are often easy to fix. If you're tired of the whole family hearing your late arrivals from work, try checking for loose hardware or worn rollers that could screech. You may also need to purchase lubrication fluid or anti-vibration pads if cheap hardware isn't to blame.

Inefficient or Damaged Trim

The trim on your garage door is important to keeping your garage insulated and the weather out. But over time, strong winds, extreme temperatures or wild animals could cause this trim to deteriorate and lose its efficacy. When this occurs, make sure to purchase maintenance-free vinyl. And while you're at it, check the track alongside the trim for any signs of rust or damage.

Garage Door Won't Open or Close

A door that won't open is one of the most common garage door repairs, but it can lead to a costly service appointment. Before calling out a professional though, there are a few things to check that you may be able to fix yourself. A common problem is a sun glare on the beam that can tell if anything is blocking the door — so if it is sunny and your garage door just won't close, wait a few hours to see if it was simply a glare and try again.

The other common cause for this problem is a broken trolley carriage. If you notice that the carriage moves but the door doesn't actually open, you might need to purchase a replacement trolley carriage and install it yourself. This is a simple process as long as you remember to clamp down the chain to save its location and position.

Garage door repairs can be bothersome if you're running late or desperately need your car, but try a few of the DIY solutions on this list to save your family money.