3 Quick And Easy DIY Garage Door Repairs

Is your garage door acting up? In most cases, you should call a professional for garage door repairs because many of the things that can go wrong with a garage door require training and expertise to resolve. However, there are a few things you can do yourself with just a basic knowledge of tools and the way your garage door works. Save yourself some money with just a small investment of time by learning to do these three quick and easy DIY garage door repairs. The pride you'll get with your ability to make your own repairs is a nice extra.

1. Fixing a Stuck Garage Door

Is there something wrong with your garage door that is keeping it from opening? You might be able to manually push it up and down, but that really defeats the purpose of having a garage door opener. If the power to the garage door is the problem, you can fix it this way:

  • Look for the cord with the colored handle. On most garage doors, the handle is red. It will be hanging from the guide track.
  • Pull the cord. It will manually override the power and allow the garage door to go up and down easily. This way, you'll be able to get your car in or out of the garage if you need to do so.
  • Flip the breaker attached to the garage door. This may restore the power.

This is often all you need to do to fix a power problem with a garage door. If it doesn't work, don't delve any more deeply into the electrics of the door. Get a professional to fix it.

2. Repairing a Frozen Garage Door

Sometimes when it is really cold outside, the snow and ice will freeze the gears in your garage door and keep it from opening, or will freeze it to the floor. This is not a power problem, and so needs to be handled differently.

You should not keep pushing the "open" button on your garage door opener, as it will damage the opener and eventually strip the gears in your garage door. The good news is that the problem can be taken care of relatively quickly. All you need to do is melt the ice.

You can do this with a heat gun or even a hair dryer. Pointing it at the gears in the garage door will melt the ice and free the door. You can do the same thing to the ice on the ground if that's where the door is frozen.

An alternate method for freeing a garage door that's frozen to the floor is chipping the ice away with a shovel, as long as you can do it without damaging the door or the seal on the bottom of it. So chip carefully.

3. Silencing a Noisy Garage Door

A squeaky or screechy garage door can be embarrassing, especially if the noise can be heard throughout the neighborhood. You don't want it to be glaringly obvious to your neighbors when you come and go.

Noisy garage doors are usually caused by worn or loose parts. Check for loose parts and tighten them up where you find them. Lubricate parts that look worn, as this will often make them run more smoothly and keep the door quiet.

Noise can sometimes be caused by damaged rollers, and you can replace these yourself. Just un-bolt the hinge around the roller, remove it, install a new roller, and bolt the hinge again.

These are some of the simplest garage door repairs you can make yourself. If your garage door has any issues that are more complex, you will need to contact a repair professional. However, with this knowledge, you will be able to confidently tell the repair professional you did troubleshooting before they came and have ruled out certain issues. This will make the repair person's job easier, and may even save you money on diagnostics.