When it comes to fixing up your garage door, a lot of people have misconceptions about the repair process. When you are fixing anything in your home, you should start the repair with all the necessary information.
Misunderstanding #1: Garage Door Repairs Are Easy
Many people wrongly assume since they see and interact with their garage door daily, that it is easy to repair. However, your garage door is a complicated piece of machinery with many moving parts that require knowledge before you start tinkering around.
There are some repairs that are simple, such as switching out a roller, but other repairs, like changing a cable or fixing the drive mechanism, require more knowledge. You need to do some research so you know what you are doing before you start working on your garage door.
Misunderstanding #2: Turning Off the Power Mitigates All Risks
If you are going to work on your garage door, you should turn off the power to your garage door by unplugging the opener system.
If you can't unplug it, you should turn off the circuit breaker for your garage door. This will protect you from your garage moving due to electrical power; however, turning off the power will not mitigate all the risks of working on your garage door.
Not all parts of a garage door are motorized, and parts could still move even with the power turned off.
Misunderstanding #3: Garage Door Repair Companies Are Expensive
Finally, many people believe that garage door repair companies are expensive to hire. This is not necessarily true. Many companies charge fair repair rates and accept multiple forms of payment. If you have an expensive repair that is necessary, they may even work on a payment plan for your repair.
Additionally, when you call in a garage repair technician, they are going to provide you with an estimate before they start work, so you can decide if you want to go forward with the repair or wait. You will be aware of all costs before you authorize any work.
Keep in mind as well that most garage door repair companies will offer warranties on their work, so if a repair doesn't hold, they will fix it again for you.
When you perform repair work on a garage door, you are doing work on a seriously heavy and potentially dangerous piece of equipment, which is why you should call in a professional when it comes to fixing your garage door. A professional will be able to complete the repairs while ensuring no one is hurt during the repair process.