If you’re a keen DIYer, you might be wondering whether you can attempt any or all repairs to your garage door by yourself. Or, whether you should just let the professionals take care of any issues that arise.
Let’s face it: you could easily do a Google or YouTube search for help and get some advice on how to tackle certain problems. However, everyone has differing skill levels and access to the right tools for all repair jobs.
Still, there are some minor repairs that any competent DIYer can undertake themselves without much difficulty. Here are some examples of garage repairs you can do yourself, and ones that are best left to professionals:
Remote Control Problems
Your automatic garage door system uses a simple remote control to open and close your door. The look and feel of the remote control is similar to that of your car, and did you know they both have something else in common? The batteries in them deplete over time!
Changing the batteries in your garage door remote control is fairly straightforward and you can buy replacement batteries with ease locally or online. When your garage door no longer opens or closes with your remote control, you should change the batteries in it.
Photo Eye Sensor Problems
Did you know there are two sensors located either side of your garage door called ‘photo eye’ sensors? Their job is to stop your garage door from going up or down if they detect an obstruction.
Photo eye sensors work by projecting an invisible laser beam from one to the other; if that beam breaks, the garage door will stop moving. For the most part, the reason these sensors fail is due to them being dirty. You can clean them yourself with a soft cloth and soapy water.
Creaking and Grinding Noises
Do you need to wear protective ear muffs whenever you open or close your garage door? If so, your garage door is in dire need of repair. In some cases, you could carry out the repair work yourself if the cause is a lack of grease on the rail tracks or bearings.
You may need a professional repair if the problem is down to misalignment, worn rollers, or even damage to the rail tracks or the door itself. The source of the noises should be fairly easy to identify when you’re standing near to the door as you operate it.
Garage Door Opener Issues
One final set of problems to consider is issues relating to the garage door opener. In most cases, it pays to get a professional garage door repair service diagnose and fix the problem for you.
That’s because the issues will often require specialist knowledge, tools, and replacement parts to conduct repairs successfully. However, before contacting a professional, don’t assume the garage door opener is the cause of your problems.
The solution might be as simple as replacing the batteries in your remote control, as mentioned earlier.