4 Dangers Of Repairing Your Garage Door

If you are mechanically inclined, you may decide to service your garage door when it's time to replace or repair a part. While you might save yourself some money by relying on your own technical skills instead of those of an experienced garage door service professional, you may be putting your safety at risk. Here are four potential dangers of repairing your garage door:

Spring Accidents

Some garage door torsion springs are encased by metal tubing which prevents a snapped spring from breaking loose and flying into the air. These springs are installed in such a way that if breakage occurs, it will not snap free, leading to an injury; however, many springs do not have this protective casing. If the springs on your garage door are not protected by a metal tube, call a garage door professional to service them.

Tightly wound springs ensure that your overhead door will open and close easily and with the least amount of engine power. When the springs start losing their tightness, homeowners sometimes decide to rewind the springs to restore tightness. This is very dangerous because after you rewind the springs, they can expand with so much force as to cause a devastating or even life-threatening injury.

Not only should you never attempt to rewind a garage door spring, you should call a professional as soon as you discover that the spring is damaged. Unstable components in the spring may lead to dangerous or unpredictable performance when your overhead door goes up or down.

Door Slips

Overhead garage doors are very heavy, and even a very short fall has the potential to give the door sufficient momentum to cause serious injuries if the door were to fall on a person. Many repairs cannot be completed unless the garage door is released from its restraints, and if you improperly disconnect the door from these restraints, it may abruptly fall, leading to a serious injury. A professional garage door service technician is trained to properly disconnect doors from their restraining mechanisms so that repairs can be made from safe positions.

Fall Risks

Whether you need to make repairs on the overhead door itself or the electric motor, you'll need to use a ladder. Because of this, you may get hurt, especially if you have to twist, turn or reach in order to stabilize or remove a part. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, states, "falls remain a leading cause of unintentional injury mortality nationwide," so if you are unsteady on your feet, have chronic health problems or have a fear of heights, call a professional to evaluate and repair your door.

Bypassing The Motor

If your power goes out because of a storm, the motor will not be able to activate your garage door. If you need to get your car out of the garage during a power failure, you will need to disengage the trolley by pulling a rope that has a handle on it. Doing so will switch your door from electric mode to manual mode, but when doing so, the door may come crashing down if the door is in the up position. When switching over to manual mode, always make sure that the door is closed before pulling the disengagement rope.

Even if you are mechanically inclined, you should call a garage door service professional, from a company like American Eagle Garage Door Services, to evaluate the situation before you start making repairs. A reputable technician will be able to assess the overhead door, cables, motor and springs, and advise you if you can safely make the repairs on your own. If the technician determines that the job is too technical or dangerous for a "do-it-yourselfer," you will be advised to make an appointment so that the repairs can be safely completed.