DIY Garage Door Repairs
There are some garage door repairs in Los Angeles which can easily be performed by do-it-yourself garage door repair. When a search online for do-it-yourself garage door repairs reveal many ways to repair things by DIY, the option of repairing the broken overhead door without using the service of garage door technician in Los Angeles become more and more real. It can be a garage door repair, gardening work, or any other type of home improvement job that just require the will to make an effort and try to do it by yourself. For some people the option to use a professional repairman is the obvious solution, and when they are facing a problem, they search for local garage door company in Los Angeles, But for some, the first option will be to make a research, and to try and understand how to fix it by DIY.
In this article, we will go over the ways to fix a broken garage door by doing it yourself, and we will try and help you understand what kind of repairs should be performed in DIY, and which are better to be left for the pro to deal with. Our company is located in Los Angeles, and most of the information we provide here is aiming to help people who need garage door repair in Los Angeles, but it doesn’t mean that other people who own overhead garage doors in other places will not find it helpful, since the information we provide here can also be used to repair broken garage door in the Bronx New York and many other locations.
Broken garage door is dangerous, and not every problem can be solved by DIY. If you need garage door service in Los Angeles, and you prefer to use a pro for the repair, All Los Angeles Garage Doors will fix your broken garage door today. We service All Los Angeles County, and we carry with us all the parts required to repair broken garage door in LA today.
It is important to make it clear that the info we will provide here is only a recommendation, and cannot replace the opinion of a garage door technician in Los Angeles who have the tools and the parts to perform a professional garage door repair. You should know that garage doors can be dangerous, and using them the wrong way, or trying to repair them when you do not have the knowledge, the tools, the parts and the experience to do that can be dangerous, and can end with serious injuries.
The basic guideline that should lead you if you intended to fix your broken garage door by do-it-yourself should be: No repair worth taking a risk. And broken garage door repairs involve few risks, that when they are being handled by someone who doesn’t fully understand the mechanism of the garage doors in Los Angeles, it can end with serious injuries.
If you have a questions, do not hesitate to ask. You can read articles about garage door repairs, visit garage door repairs blogs watch videos about garage door repair Los Angeles, and you can always contact a local garage door repairman in Los Angeles to assist you, and fix the door for you.
What kind of overhead door repairs can be done by DIY?
When you search online, you can find a many garage door tutorials and garage door tutorials about DIY garage door repairs, and for almost any aspect of the garage doors problems. But what you see on your computer, is different from reality. In real life every garage door is unique, and what worked for the specific garage door you saw online, may not work for an garage door in Los Angeles, which make the DIY a bit more complicated. The door itself, the spring system, the structure of your garage, the size of the door, the opener type, the wall/wood type, the tools that you will need and more. So following the online tutorial step by step will not always make your door work again, and more important, without fully understanding what you are doing, you can put yourself at risk, and not only that you will not fix the door, you may create a bigger damage, and even get injured while attempting to fix the door.
To answer the question which garage door repairs can be done by DIY, we will say that it deepened on your skills, the tools you have, the ability to locate the right part for the door, and of course the job itself. Some people have the ability to repair and replace even torsion garage door springs, and for some even the basic garage door maintenance can become complicated. And it doesn’t matter if you own garage door in La Puente CA, or garage door in Los Angeles CA. The important thing is to know your limitations, and the fact that some repairs require special tools and knowledge (Assuming you were able to locate the part for the job).
Look at the following Videos, and see the differences and the requirements for each repair. One will answer the question How to maintain a garage door, and one will answer the question How to install a garage door. As you will see, one is very basic, and does not require deep knowledge or tools, and the other is better to be performed by a pro. You may need new garage door installation service in Los Angeles, or garage door maintenance. Whatever it is, if you are not sure, call All Los Angeles Garage Doors for same day garage door repairs in Los Angeles.
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The parts for garage door DIY repairs
Some parts are universal, like the garage door remote control, and some are unique and even custom made for your garage door, like the garage door spring. For the non-professional person, different garage door parts may look the same. And it is easy to purchase the wrong part for your garage door. So we would like to elaborate about: One thing we have learned after many years of fixing broken garage doors in Los Angeles: The right part is not “almost”, “looks like”, “may work” or any other kind of uncertainty that can end with injury. What may work for a garage door in Beverly Hills, won’t necessarily work for a broken garage door West Hills CA, and vice versa.
If you will try to use the wrong part the door will not work perfectly, and it can be both dangerous, and result with a more serious damage to the garage door. We saw garage doors that were repaired with the wrong springs, and the way the door jumped, or fell down and break is something that you do not want to experience. When you look for local garage door contractor in Los Angeles, make sure that you are getting the exact part.
The tools for garage door repair DIY
Some overhead garage door repair jobs require specific tools, which cannot be replaced without taking a risk. If you plan to repair your garage door by doing it yourself, make sure that you have the right tools for the job. For example, if you are planning to replace a torsion spring, there is only one right tool for the job, and it is professional torsion sticks. Do not try to improvise and to use another tool for the job. The torsion springs are under a lot of tension, and using the wrong tool for the replacement can end with injuries.
Planning garage door repair DIY
Like every other type of repair, whether it is a DIY repair, or a repair performed by a qualified garage door repairman in Los Angeles, they need to begin with planning the repair. Know what the steps of the repair are, and avoid surprises during the repair. You do not want to find in the middle of the repair that you are missing a part, a tool, or that you do not know what the next step is. When the planning is being done the right way, the repair process become much clearer.
Learn, search and gather information about the repair you are about to perform, and fully understand the garage door mechanism and the way the garage doors are built. As we will explain later in this article, the garage doors may differ from each other, but the general idea of the way the doors operate is the same. And learning the way the doors work, can make it easier for you when you will perform the repair. There are many types of garage doors, and there are many different methods of repairs. And to assume that the spring that you found, and that look “like” the broken spring you intend to replace is a mistake that can end with injuries.
We offer emergency garage door repairs in Los Angeles, which mean we can be at your place sometime within an hour. Whether you need garage door repairs in La Puente, garage door solution in Redondo Beach, or Liftmaster opener installation, we can be there today.
DIY garage repairs and safety
This is the most important part of the garage door repair process. There is no money or time in the world that worth your health and your safety. If you are not sure what to do, stop immediately, and call a local garage door company in Los Angeles for service. Garage doors can weight hundreds of pounds, and the spring system is under a lot of tension. Put your safety before anything else. If one of the cables will snap, or if your garage door is out of track during the attempt to fix the door, it can result with serious injuries.
Make it clear to the people in the house, or the people who use the door that you are about to perform a repair. You do not want someone to try and use the door while you are working on it (You should also use tools to protect yourself, and prevent people from using the door when you are working).
Torsion spring DIY
Recommendation: Avoid DIY torsion spring repair.
The garage door torsion springs are under a lot of tension. The spring system is what make it easy to lift open even the heaviest garage doors, balance them, and prevent them from crushing when you are closing the door. A perfectly working garage door should give you the ability to use it manually and the door should hold itself ay any position. Torsion spring replacement, whether for garage door in LA, garage door spring replacement Woodland Hills, or anywhere else in Los Angeles County, is one of the most complicated repair a broken garage door may require in order to work again. Make sure that you have the right torsion spring, the right tools, and the required knowledge.
To able to perform the repair, you must find the right torsion spring for your garage door, and adjust it correctly with the right amount of tension. In rare cases you may need a different torsion spring from the previous spring, so make sure you purchase the right spring for your garage door. If you are not sure, use garage door expert to replace the spring for you.
Extension spring replacement DIY
Recommendation: In some cases can be done by DIY.
Replacing an extension spring considered to be easier than replacing garage torsion spring, but at the same time, it is still a dangerous process, and when being done wrong can result with injuries. Just like the case with the extension spring, you must locate the right spring for your door, and never use a spring that looks the same, or that you think it will be alright. There were a lot of calculations made by engineers, who calculated the right spring for that specific door. Using the wrong spring for your garage door will prevent the garage door from working properly, and will make it unsafe for use.
When you replace extension spring, it may be a good chance to examine other parts of the door that may be damaged and you may want to consider to replace as well such as the cables and the pulleys. Many times when the spring snap, replacing the cables and the old pulleys may improve the way your door will operate.
Opener installation DIY
Recommendation: In most garage doors in LA can be performed by DIY.
Before we get to the new opener installation, you need to decide what type opener you need. There are 3 common types of openers in the American market, the screw drive, the chain drive and the belt drive. If you would like to learn more, you can read an article written by J&C Garage Doors that explain about DIY troubleshooting garage door opener installation, and which one will be the right opener for you. Before you go ahead and plan to install the opener by yourself, you should know that a new garage opener should be installed only when the door is working perfectly when it is being used manually. The opener should never solve any problem, since if there is a problem that you ignore, soon you will have to fix it as well, and by that time the opener may burn.
If this is a new opener installation when there was an opener installed before, make sure that there is an electric outlet, and that the way your garage is built allow an installation of a new opener. Sometime there are modifications need to be made in order to complete the repair.
To learn more, you can watch the following Videos:
Safety sensors repair DIY
Recommendation: Mostly can be repaired by DIY.
Every garage door, which is being operated by an electric opener should include a safety feature like the laser safety sensors. Not only that installing a new garage door opener without a safety feature is dangerous, it is also against the law, which require every garage door to include safety sensors. Safety sensors issue is one of the common garage door problems, and usually repairing it require a basic understanding of the safety sensors and the way they operate.
There are ways to get behind the need for safety sensors, and of course we will not explain it here. But we will recommend you to avoid those methods at any cost. Yes, the opener will work fine even without them, but that one time that the safety sensors will protect you, a member of your family, a pet, your car or anything else that was placed under the closing door is worth it. Visit the following article about garage door safety sensors repair to learn more about garage door safety sensors repairs.
There are ways to check what the source of the problem is. And if the wire itself is cut, or if the sensor itself is broken, you will need some parts in order to fix the problem. But in general, all garage doors safety sensors work the same way. And if you get the idea of the way the safety sensors prevent the door from hurting someone or break something, it will be easier for you to fix the problem; whether you need garage door solution Los Angeles California, or roll up door repairs service, we will help.
Garage door maintenance DIY
Recommendation: Can and should be performed by DIY (Residential garage doors only).
Every overhead garage door, whether it is a residential garage door in Los Angeles County, or commercial garage door, need to be maintained. Even if the door is working fine and never needed repair, even if the door was just installed recently, and even if you do not think that the door need to be maintained. Lubricating your door will prevent problems, and help the door work smoother and better.
There are many moving parts included in the garage door mechanism, and they need to be lubricated twice a year. A basic garage door maintenance does not require more than 15-60 minutes of your time, but it will improve the way your garage door move, and it will protect and preserve its parts. Again, if you own a commercial overhead garage door, you may need to use a pro for the maintenance. Since a commercial garage door tune up require deeper knowledge, tools and safety check, to make sure that the door is safe for use.
Garage door services Los Angeles County
All Los Angeles Garage Doors offer same day service, and emergency repair service for overhead garage doors in Los Angeles County. We service commercial as well as residential garage doors, and we carry with us parts to repair any broken garage door on the spot. There is no need for long waits. We carry springs, hinges, cables and garage openers for all garage doors, and we have the ability to repair every broken garage door on the spot.
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