The answer is definitely yes, it can be extremely dangerous to fix your garage door spring yourself. If you don’t have the proper training and equipment for the job, you should always call a professional. If you decide to do it on your own, you pose a risk for damage to yourself and your garage door.
Five Common Mistakes Made When People Try to Repair Garage Door Springs Themselves
It is recommended that you think twice before trying to replace your garage door springs yourself. Below are five garage door repair mistakes that you want to refrain from making so that it doesn’t end up costing you.
1. Using a screw driver to wind torsion springs
A lot of people try to wind their torsion springs themselves, without the help of a professional. They usually don’t have the right tools to safely do the job, such as a winding bar. This ends up in them instead using something like a screwdriver, which can cause the springs to uncontrollably spin and cut off your fingers.
2. Leaving the springs too loose or tight
In order to know how to correctly wind your garage door springs, you will need a formula that tells you how many times to wind them. Most people don’t have this memorized, but experienced professionals do. Therefore, when the average person attempts to do this, it usually results in over or under wound springs, which is a really big mistake. This will, over time, damage your garage door opener. Screwing the springs too tight can also cause a hollow torsion tube to get crushed.
3. Buying the incorrect garage door spring
You should mathematically know the correct spring to get for your garage door before just buying anything. This is where most people mess up their DIY garage door repair projects. They think it is okay to just what they think will work, but this can post a serious safety hazard. It gets installed the wrong way, causing the door not to move up and down correctly. If they use the door anyway, it will break the opener with time, also.
4. Not using vice grips while working with the garage door up
It would be easiest to work on you garage door while it is open, but in that case you will need to put vice grips on your door so that it doesn’t fall and either collapse onto you or your car, or damage your windows.
5. Removing the bracket on the bottom of the door
Many people that DIY their garage door repairs close the door before they start to work on it so that it doesn’t come down on them. What a lot of people don’t understand, though, is how the springs work on a garage door. The springs relax when you have the door open, and they twist or extend when the door is closed to hold it in place. As long as your door stays shut, the springs stay under tension. They are the most dangerous while this is happening. Some people want to remove the bracket on the bottom of their garage door, and they succeed in removing every bolt holding it on right up until the last. After that last comes off, the cable and bracket fly off and hit them in the head because of all the tension that was holding it in. You could be left with a puddle of blood and a hospital visit.
Should I Call a Professional Garage Door Company to Repair My Springs?
Before you attempt to repair your garage door springs yourself, think about the risks it poses. You would more than likely only be able to safely do the job if you have experience replacing springs on a garage door. Even still, if something were to go wrong, you could end up tripling the repairs your door needs and you put your own life at risk. Do you think it would be worth it?
It is always better to be safe than sorry! Get I touch with a professional garage door repair company so that you can have your peace of mind that the job will get safely and correctly done. At Direct Service Overhead Garage Door Company, we offer spring repair in the same day, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We have all different sizes of extension and torsion springs for your door, as well as all of the tools and equipment we need to get the spring repair done correctly and safely. Contact us to find out more.