Why You Should Not Replace Your Garage Door Springs Yourself11/02/2015 Back To Blog
With so many small components that make up a properly functioning garage door, it’s no surprise that every now and again, we can be tempted to try our hands at a bit of DIY with some of the parts that are seemingly basic and easy to replace without any professional assistance. But most professionals would warn that this is never a good course of action. But before you tell us that it’s to protect their own professional interests, have a read through a few good reasons why DIY is not the best idea when it comes to spring replacement.
You need to understand the parts
While it is true that, essentially, there are only two types of springs for opener systems, namely extension and torsion coil springs, each of these two types come in a variety of sizes and designs which are tailored to work with specific designs of doors depending on their weight, size and various other needs. Working through a process of trial and error when selecting the right spring will get costly fast, especially if you are looking for torsion springs which are significantly more expensive than their extension counterparts. Getting a professional to handle it for you means that they will be able to get the correct part with ease since they should have a strong understanding of which parts work in which systems. So while you may pay a bit more for the service, you will likely save time and money on not having to figure it out yourself.
Mistakes can be costly
Besides the cost of not getting the correct parts for the job, an incorrectly installed garage door spring can lead to devastating results that could ultimately ruin your door altogether should it come crashing down. The tracks, motor and doors are just a few of the more expensive parts that will invariably suffer if the work is done incorrectly, which makes experimentation and DIY too risky a process to be viable. Getting a professional to do it for you means that you won’t have to kick yourself later when you end up spending cash to fix something that is the result of you trying to save money by doing it yourself.
Mistakes can be dangerous
If money is not a major deterrent for you, then personal safety should be. There are plenty of moving parts which can slide over fingers, snap open or closed on unwitting hands, or go flying across the room like a bullet at a slip of the hand. These are just a few of the problems that could occur which could lead to severe or even fatal injuries. Even more worryingly, an incorrectly installed spring could lead to imbalances which could bring the door crumbling down when it is used, crushing whatever is in its way unexpectedly. Garage door spring adjustment and replacement is not a job for the layman, and could pose many dangers, dangers we’re sure you would agree, are better left avoided by enlisting in the help of an experienced technician.