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DIY vs Professional Repairs: When to Call the Professionals

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How do you know if a problem within your garage is a simple fix or an elaborate repair? Here are some of the most common problems we see and what we recommend… 

  • Lubricating Noisy Hinges and Rollers
      1. DIY: Regularly lubricating hinges, rollers, and moving parts with a silicone-based lubricant can minimize noise and ensure smooth operation.
      2. Professional: If the noise persists, it might indicate a more serious issue like worn-out parts or misalignment.
  • Tightening Loose Hardware
      1. DIY: Periodically check and tighten loose bolts, nuts, and screws on your garage door. 
      2. Professional: If the door operates unevenly, it’s time to consult professionals for a thorough inspection. 
  • Realigned Safety Sensors 
      1. DIY: Realign the safety sensors by tilting the sensor flashing green to line up with the other sensor. Click here for a tutorial video. 
      2. Professional: If the door will still not close after checking the safety sensors, it may be a larger problem that requires a professional to diagnose. 
  • Springs Repairs or Replacement
      1. DIY Warning! Torsion or extension springs are under high tension and can be dangerous. This should be left to trained professionals. 
  • Cable Replacement
      1. DIY Warning! Replacing cables requires careful attention to proper tension and alignment, best handled by professionals. 
  • Track Realignment 
    1. DIY Warning! Adjusting and realigning garage door tracks can lead to further damage without specialized knowledge and tools.  

Knowing when to tackle a garage problem yourself and when to seek professional assistance is crucial for maintaining the longevity and safety of your garage. When in doubt, reach out to Welborn Garage to ensure your garage remains secure and functional for years to come. 

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