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Why You Shouldn't DIY Repairs on Garage Door Springs

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Take one look at the springs on your garage door, and you might think that repairing or replacing them wouldn't be so difficult. Add in the desire to save money on home improvement tasks, and the idea of fixing the springs yourself may start to look attractive.

However, the look of the springs is deceptive. These parts are intricately intertwined with the rest of the door-opening mechanism. If you don't know what you're looking for, you could overlook additional signs of problems that are more serious, and that could lead to bigger repair needs and costs later on.

The possibility that the springs' problems may be masking deeper issues - and the risk of the spring repair going wrong and causing injury - means that you need to have professionals repair the springs. Do not attempt to fix or replace the springs yourself, no matter how simple you think it might be.

Projectile Danger

The biggest problem you face when trying to fix garage door springs yourself is that the springs can become projectiles. Metal becomes brittle over time, especially if it's constantly exposed to adverse environmental conditions like humidity and freezing cold. That means that if you are pulling and winding or unwinding the springs or otherwise moving them, the material could snap.

The springs are also very tough to move. These are not very springy, as you'd expect springs to be; instead, they're fairly stiff because they need to hold a lot of weight and pull on heavy garage doors. One wrong move or the use of too much force from you could break the springs, sending pieces flying.

One more possible result is that the spring doesn't break, but instead an end flies out, hitting you. Springs have a lot of tension, and they can whip around suddenly, slashing and bruising you.

Expert Knowledge

Also in question is whether you'd know what to look for to ensure the only issue you had to deal with was the springs. You may see one problem, but that can hide a number of others. Maybe the spring itself is merely stuck, and that's what you set out to work on - but nearby brackets are corroded enough to fail, and you didn't notice because you simply didn't know to check them.

Unless you have a thorough knowledge of how garage doors and openers should work, you shouldn't work on the springs yourself.

Specialized Tools

Yet another reason why a DIY job isn't the best idea is that you need specialized tools, and improvising can lead to injury. For example, spring repairs are not as easy as simply unhooking one and hooking up another. You need special tools such as winding bars, and common tools like screwdrivers can lead to poor repairs and major damage if you can't keep a grip on the spring.

Insurance Coverage

If you still think the repairs won't be too bad, listen to your wallet. If you damage the door or become injured because you tried to repair the spring and didn't do it properly, you have to pay the resulting bills.

If a professional garage door company sends someone in, and the repair doesn't go well, the company should have insurance and bonds that cover the damage and any injury to the company's workers.

While you could save money doing the repairs yourself - average costs to repair garage door springs in 2018 were estimated at about $180, much of which would be for labor charges - that's a small price to pay to protect yourself and your home from unnecessary damage. Chapman's Garage Doors, Inc., is the company you want to call when you need garage door repairs. Give us a call today.