garage door opener projectIt’s understandable that a lot of people enjoy DIY projects around the house. Whether it’s mainly to save money, or just the sheer pride of tackling a job without calling in a professional, the reasons don’t really matter. However, there are certain times when you really do need to consult a specialist; someone with expert training, skills and the proper tools

Having our garage door open and close on demand is something that many of us take for granted, and replacing  or repairing a garage door opener seems like something that a decent handy, DIY-er could handle. But beware! A garage door that isn’t working right might not be due to a faulty garage door opener, but rather because of bad torsion springs and/or counter balances. When it comes to repairing or replacing garage door springs, the best advice is to simply stay away from them yourself and call in a professional.

Don’t want to take our word for it? That’s OK… but how about straight from the mouth of one of the most well known and well respected home improvement gurus out there – Mr. Bob Vila himself.

From Bob’s website, you can read (or listen) to his thoughts on garage door openers, and more importantly, about the springs mentioned above. He says,

Your garage door opener controls what is probably the largest moving object in your house. But it’s not actually the motor that hefts the weight of your garage door–it’s the springs or counterbalances. The motor only controls the lifting and doesn’t have to be that powerful for most doors. Because they’re potentially dangerous, these springs are off-limits to do-it-yourselfers.

Read more on Bob Vila Radio: Garage Door Openers

On the other hand, if you find that you’re not in need of any kind of repair and you actually DO want to buy a new garage door opener, Bob also has some great advice for you on that as well. He says,

Garage openers have improved substantially over the past few years, and there are a lot of options to consider when buying yours. Whether you choose a belt-drive, chain-drive, or screw-drive model, a high-end model or an affordable mid-range product, you want quality and performance. We’ve cherry picked some of the best garage door models on the market, according to real consumers.

Buyer’s Guide: 7 Best Garage Door Openers

One of many garage door openers available today

Finally, if you’re not ready to buy a new opener because you’re fairly sure there’s just something not working right with your current one (and you’re SURE it’s not a problem with the springs, as mentioned above), then you might want to do a little trouble shooting with your existing one before doing anything else.

Here’s some good advice from Tim Carter from AskTheBuilder.com – a “Garage Door Openers Checklist

A garage door opener has lots of power. In fact, if you don’t have it adjusted right, it can actually break the top portion of the door. In cold climates garage doors can actually freeze to a slab. When the opener tries to open the door it can actually rip the top rail of the door off in extreme cases. An opener that is not adjusted properly can sometimes deflect the top of the door when it closes.

The point is, be aware of these problems. Read more….

For those of you having issues with your garage door opener, we hope the information here has been helpful. Remember, if you need any help with your garage door or opener and you can’t sort it out yourself, Discount Garage Door Company is here to help you. Just call us today! (520) 579-9084

photo credits D. DeLong, Dave Dugdale and Matt McGee

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