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Garage Door Repair: DIY or Call a Pro?

We take for granted many of the things that can break without warning. Air conditioning, refrigerators, washing machines, and garage doors, for instance. When they go, it can be sudden and terribly inconvenient, if not devastating. Being trapped in a house with no escape from the Vero Beach FL heat or no escape from the garage can be a crushing experience. With garage doors, you can usually manually release them so you can lift them by hand. The door will be unlocked, so bear that in mind. With air conditioning, there’s the old fashioned solution of a fan and a cool shower. The hope is to not get to the repair stage, but there are a few things you can do for garage door repair, though leaving it to the professionals is always safest.

With any garage door repair, you absolutely need to make sure the power is off. You don’t want the machine releasing and kicking on while you have your hand in the path of the rollers, nor do you want to look for a loose wire and get 120 volts going through you. Before you attempt anything more complex than cleaning, look for how-to descriptions that go in depth, preferably with pictures and videos. And never attempt anything you’re not comfortable with or sure of. If you’re really uncomfortable with a project, it’s probably for a good reason, such as lacking the basic mechanical skills necessary. If you’re truly nervous about it, you’ll probably do a poor job considering the effects of nerves on your hands. So in that case, just put the project down, walk away, and call a professional. Sure, it can be a bit embarrassing to have the mechanic fix it in ten seconds, but it’s better than making a thorough botch of a job and needing to have the mechanic there for the entire day because you tried to pound out a dent and broke the track.

The important thing is to learn how to diagnose what problems you can fix and what you need pros to help with. Sometimes, all that’s jamming your garage door is built up gunk or dried grease. In that case, some household cleaner might be all that’s needed for your garage door repair in Vero Beach FL, and you’re only out the expense of cleaner and shop towels. If that’s not it, read up on garage door repair to get a feel for what’s within your confidence level. Watch the videos, listen to the descriptions of steps, and if possible, find a mechanically apt buddy to assist. Often, a friend’s assistance can be bought for a beer or pizza. You can manage a broken garage door on your own sometimes, but even if you don’t, you don’t have to live with it for long. You wouldn’t put up with the summer heat in Vero Beach FL because of a broken AC, so why put up with a garage door in need of repair?

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