Messy workspace of homeowner preparing for do-it-yourself garage door repair with laptop on desk, tools and open drawers

When you have provided garage door service in Broomfield and other communities for more than 20 years, you get to know homeowners and understand their concerns. Especially now, people are worried about security – the safety of their loved ones and property – and how they will provide for their families. We have had many conversations with homeowners asking us how they can save money on their garage door repairs, and it invariably gets back to a statement like “I’m pretty sure I could do this myself with a little more time…”

We value all customers and will tell you we are not an advocate of DIY garage door repairs. Garage doors are heavy, and you could be seriously injured if one fell on you. Garage door springs – basically, torsion springs – are just as dangerous. There are many reasons why you should not attempt DIY garage door projects, including the ones we have listed below.

Garage Door Springs Are Dangerous

A garage door includes up to two possible spring systems: Extension systems and torsion systems. Torsion springs are a common feature of garage doors, and broken spring repair can be dangerous if you do not know what you are doing. They sit horizontally above the garage door. When the door opens, the springs unwind, raising the door off the ground. As the door closes, the cables attached to the bottom corners force the springs to rewind.

Torsion springs hoard mechanical energy as they are wound, making them dangerous if they are damaged. If torsion springs break, a spring can unwind and project in an unknown manner. It could result in serious injury or even death.

You Might Make a Bad Problem Worse

Not even the best online video or advice from a neighbor can prepare you for working on your garage door. You may lack the necessary tools or experience or could even make a single mistake – resulting in a worse problem than before. It is tempting to try repairs on your own and save money, but the potential risks cannot be ignored. Our recommendation is to find a qualified garage door repair service in Northglenn.

You May Not Have the Right Tools

The likelihood of you having the right tools for repairs is slim to none, and we would never encourage you to play those odds. Why spend money on expensive tools you may never need again? I can tell you from experience that you will be tempted to do repairs with whatever tools you have lying around your garage – but do not try this. Such an attempt could put you in a dangerous situation, damage the door, and destroy your tools.

The Garage Door Might Fall

Garage doors can weigh hundreds of pounds. An average steel door for a single car garage could weigh up to 130 pounds; a steel door for a two-car garage, up to 225 pounds. Wood, overlay, and full glass doors are even heavier – some pushing the scales at 500 pounds. A garage door that is dropped or falls while attempting DIY repairs could be deadly, cause serious injury, or damage tools and other items in your garage.

You Could Fix the Wrong Thing

One of the hallmarks of many DIY repairs – especially with something as complicated as a garage door – is that I have seen clients inadvertently fix the wrong thing. That leads to a more expensive repair than if you had just called me to begin with. Remember, more than 24 years in this business – plus regular training and education opportunities – has provided our team with the knowledge and experience to handle any garage door repair you can imagine.

You Could Utilize the Wrong Parts

Every garage door includes unique parts. If you know hardly anything about a garage door or how it functions, you could buy the wrong replacement parts. And if the parts are wrong – even if they appear to work – the problem could happen again.

You can spend more money than saved

You get what you pay for, and in this case, that could be more parts and tools than you will ever need or know how to use. If this happens, you may be forced to call a professional garage door service in Broomfield anyway.

And garage door repairs take time because of their complexity and relative danger involved. Remember what we said about torsion springs?

The Repair Might Not Be Dependable

A DIY garage door repair could result in unreliable fixes. You may think you fixed whatever was wrong, but without the expertise, can you really be sure? This can worsen the problem over time, which can be hazardous.

Ignoring underlying problems could result in expensive garage door replacements, property damages, and bodily injury.

You Could Cause Permanent Damage

It is unfortunate to say but attempting repairs without knowing what you are doing could lead to permanent damage that cannot be fixed. One incorrect part, or a part installed wrong, could make the entire garage door stop working.

Work With the Experts in Garage Door Service in Broomfield

A Better Garage Door is locally owned and proud to serve. For more than 20 years, our expertise in garage door repairs and installation has earned hundreds of satisfied clients throughout Broomfield and many other communities. Call A Better Garage Door today for a free quote at 303-920-2267, or reach out to us online for more information.