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DIY vs Professional Garage Door Repair

As a home or business owner, you’re probably aware that maintaining the integrity of any space requires continual effort. Whether you tackle DIY projects head-on or enlist the help of a professional, house and property maintenance is probably always on your mind. When it comes to repairing a garage door, asking an expert for help may be the best option for various reasons, including the following:

  • If you’re not a licensed professional or business in the industry, it may not be very easy to obtain the parts needed for replacement.
  • A faulty garage door opener can cause severe damage if it isn’t operating properly.
  • The weight of a garage door will make it difficult to move on your own.
  • Several garage door mechanisms work together as part of a whole system that will fail in some way if it’s not reset.

Garage Door Repairs: Do-It-Yourself

If you want to adjust or repair your garage door yourself, don’t fret — there are certainly times when doing so may be the best option. A completed DIY project can save money and lend a sense of personal accomplishment. Garage door repairs you can do yourself follow:

  • Change the remote batteries: If you find that your garage door won’t open or close, you can try a few simple tricks on your own. First, change the remote batteries and inspect the small sensors located at the bottom of your door. If the sensor lens seems dirty or is not aligned, simply clear out the debris and straighten it.
  • Replace the weather seal: You’ll know your garage door needs a weather seal replacement when you can see sunlight from under the door or have noticed rodents, critters or moisture creeping in. A weather seal is an inexpensive and straightforward repair. All you need to know is the correct type and size of seal — all types can likely be found at your local hardware store.
  • Apply lubrication: Proper lubrication can prevent damage to your garage door from happening in the first place. There’s constant friction between the garage door’s moving parts as it goes up and down, and adequate lubrication is key to keeping everything working correctly.
  • Tighten door hardware: Temperature changes can cause hinges, nuts and bolts to contract or expand. If this happens, feel free to grab your tools and a little grease to tighten the door hardware if small parts appear loose.

Garage Door Repairs: Call a Professional

As much as you want to get the job done by yourself, you may sometimes have to turn to a professional for help. Certain tasks require specific tools and know-how to complete without causing injury or further damage. When it comes to garage door tune-ups, damage to particular items may require the assistance of a trained garage door repair technician, including deterioration of the:

Call idc-Automatic for All Your Garage Door Repairs

Are you wondering whether your garage door needs a replacement or a simple tune-up? Perhaps you’ve tried some DIY repairs at home and still notice that your garage door or automatic opener is faulty or damaged. If so, idc-Automatic is here to help. For over four decades, we’ve been committed to putting our customers first in Minnesota communities such as St. Paul, Minneapolis, Blaine, Minnetonka and nearby areas. We have the largest selection of automatic garage doors in the Twin Cities area.

For first-class garage door repair, installation or service in the twin cities area, contact idc-Automatic today.

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