They are several things you need to do to keep your garage door working well. Hiring a redneck to do the work is not one of them. If you’re wanting to keep your garage door in good shape, your first step is to have a yearly inspection to check for problems. There are some other general maintenance steps you can do yourself, but hiring a garage door repair company may help you have the peace of mind that everything is working well.
Some of the basic maintenance tasks that need to be done annually can be done yourself or hired out. Simply checking these few items can go a long way prevent repairs:
- Inspect the tracks for damage or dents. Use a rubber hammer to knock out minor dents.
- Align and level the tracks. If you check the tracks and they’re not aligned or level, loosen the mounting brackets then gently tap on the tracks until they are correctly aligned.
- Clean the tracks. Remove all the debris from the tracks using a large paintbrush.
- Lubricate the pulleys, tracks, and rollers. You will need to purchase special lubricants for this.
- Check all fasteners, bolts, and nuts. If you find any loose, tighten them.
Though many homeowners can do their own garage door maintenance, there are some things that should always be hired out. For instance, if your garage door opener is automatic and you are having problems with its safety reversal features, you will need to bring in an expert. Otherwise, you risk damaging your car or suffering personal injury. Another thing you should never do yourself is repair or replace the large central spring. It is easy to cause serious injury to yourself when you attempt to remove them as they are high tension springs. You should also consider whether it is worth repairing some things on your door when you could replace them with something better. For instance, rather than fixing your garage door tracks, you could spend a little more and have an automatic garage door opener installed. If you already have an automatic opener, and it is outdated, you may need to replace it so your home security is not vulnerable. The older automatic systems are not difficult to break into its they use fixed transmission signals that are common.
It is hard to plan financially for maintaining your garage door, replacing it, or repairing it. There are some guidelines to consider, though. On average, data shows that in the United States, homeowners average around $250 to repair a garage door. Remember, though, that that cost can fluctuate a lot. Some people get away with paying around $50, while others pay as much is $1000. On average, replacing a garage door, according to the data on hand, is around $1100. This number also fluctuates a lot depending on what you get. There are many things you can do to reduce this price, such as regularly maintaining your garage door, and, of course, never hiring a redneck to do the work.