Watch Home Improvement Expert Jim Dutton and Professional Garage Concepts Technician Shaun White answer your questions about residential garage door repairs. The video demonstrates the importance of teaming up with a professional for repair and maintenance, particularly when a heavy overhead door begins to “creak like you’re in a haunted mansion,” Dutton says. Professionals can help you efficiently lubricate garage door springs and hinges, adjust garage door springs, and diagnose problems throwing your overhead garage door off track.

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For example, a technician may need to manually readjust the settings on your garage door opener to get it to run smoothly, a process White likens to jogging the door’s memory.

Homeowners can perform basic maintenance on their own, like cleaning their garage doors and inspecting doors for safety issues and potential problems. Keep an eye out for garage doors that are louder than usual, doors that get stuck, or doors that shake and rattle on their way down. To assess the safety of your door, disconnect it and attempt to open it manually. If the garage door does not stay in place when you lift it up, it is off balance.

Should you notice a problem, Dutton emphasizes the importance of working with a professional. Several tasks, like tightening or loosening garage door springs, are dangerous and unnecessarily time-consuming if you do not know what you are doing.


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