Common Myths About Garage Door Repair

While many homeowners try to save money by doing their own home repairs, they often end up costing themselves more in the long run. Needing Tucson garage door service isn't the same as having a clogged toilet or leaky faucet, which are easy fixes that anyone can do with minimal experience and supplies. Some jobs like garage door repair require a professional for safety reasons because it’s not just about fixing an issue; you need someone who knows how to make sure everything is working properly so no other issues arise later on down the line. That's where help from Discount Doors comes in!

Most people think garage door repair is easy, but it can be not only difficult, but actually quite dangerous for someone unfamiliar with the proper steps and tools to do it correctly.

We want to share some common misconceptions about garage door repair, so you can avoid making the same mistakes.

a DIY garage door repair gone bad

Fixing a Garage Door Can't Be That Difficult

The first mistake most people make when addressing a garage door that isn't working properly is underestimating how complicated these things are. It's not as simple as just adding more oil to your car engine; there have been instances where homeowners completely tore apart an entire system only to find out that they didn't even need any repairs in the first place!

There's a recurring misconception that people think they can just fix these things themselves with a little effort and some elbow grease. While it is possible for an experienced professional to perform a variety of repairs fairly quickly, most people in the garage door repair field will tell you that it takes a lot of expert guidance and training, and the proper tools, to get everything done right.

There are many myths about what can cause problems with your garage doors which make things even more complicated. For example, some people think that the garage door opener is the main thing that makes your doors open and close; however, they actually operate on a pulley system attached to some very heavy-duty springs.

the many parts of a garage door

Garage doors may appear simple, but they are actually somewhat complicated—not only are they heavy, they have many parts that all have to work together in a specific way. For this reason, it is usually best for people to leave these repairs up to the professionals.

Replacing a roller or safety sensor may be easy, but you might need a technician if you are having problems with your springs, cables, or torsion springs.

It is also important to not put too much stress on the garage door opener because it can start to wear down and become ineffective in just a few years instead of giving you the 10 to 15 years or more of effective use you should be able to get from it.

Warning Signs of Needed Garage Door Repairs

Garage doors often give cues before failing—they may start to make a loud, ominous noise or they might give us an indication that there is something wrong by opening or closing slower than usual.

Garage doors are amongst the most dangerous household items, with more amputated fingers and blinded eyes than any other. While people may think that cutting power to the garage door opener will keep them safe, a circuit breaker will not protect you from injury arising from a broken spring, cable or hinge. This is why it's so crucial to have your garage door serviced regularly to ensure it remains safe for use.

My Garage Door is Just Making Noise - I Can Fix That

Sometimes a bit of lube will work wonders. If you have a garage door that is making loud noises, make sure to check the hinge pins for anything that may be clogging it up or preventing smooth movement of the metal on metal contact point.

If your door seems fine but still makes noise, try lubricating all moving parts and replacing any worn-out rollers with new ones. Replacing rollers is a quick and easy job for an experienced technician, but doing it improperly - especially for the trickier rollers on the bottom and top of each side of the door - you could end up causing more problems than solutions.

Other times this type of racket can be caused by worn-out bearings and other parts that are in need of replacement. Replacing a center bearing requires a complete unwinding of the springs, removal of the cables and dismantling of the end bearings... then putting them all back together properly with just the right tension on those massive garage door springs. Not really the 'simplest' of DIY projects.

And if it's time for a new garage door opener, making sure you have qualified service technicians doing the installation for you means you can rest assured it will work the way it is intended, for as long as possible.

It Costs Too Much to Call for Professional Garage Door Repair

Is it worth the risk of serious injury and pain to save a few dollars on garage door repair? Or to struggle trying to figure it out, without the proper tools, when these common garage door problems are things that we deal with every day, and can have your garage door working again for you quickly, with no sweat on your part!

winding a torsion spring on a garage door in Tucson

Discount Door Service depends on happy customers sharing their experiences with others, so the last thing we want to do is over charge and make customers feel like they didn't get good value. You can read our many reviews to see how many people were pleasantly surprised by the fact that the garage door repair cost was actually less than they expected.

A Safe Job is a Job Well Done

Make sure your garage door is working properly without risking life and limb just to save a few dollars. Let an expert, locally owned garage door company do the work for you.

I Don't Need to Replace Both Garage Door Springs - Only One is Broken

Pairing a new spring with an old one is likely to cause more problems than it solves. The springs work together, so a new spring will be stiffer than the old one. Imbalanced springs will weaken each other and eventually one or both will break down again in a short time.

When Two is Less Than One

While two springs costs more than one, getting them both replaced in a single visit costs less than having us come out again for another service call.

Also, because springs need to be unwound to make repairs, re-winding an old spring would put our technician in unnecessary danger. We do everything we can to keep you, and our crew, safe at all times.

If you're going to replace a broken spring make sure you get two new ones for safety's sake.

Are You Just Going to Try to Sell Me a New Garage Door?

As a reputable garage door service company, we know that a new garage door should easily last 25 to 30 years or more, but that it can be bigger cost than many people are comfortable paying at once, especially if their garage door just suddenly stopped working. A new door also requires multiple trips to the home to measure, and then install the new door, taking up a fair amount of time.

On the other hand, repairs can often be done quickly and without a lot of hassle, and at a much lower price. We can fix the garage door’s broken springs, broken cable or rollers and the door will work good as new again.

We also offer a wide range of products for replacement parts, such as new motors and remote controls which we install quickly.

Why Call Discount Door Service? Because New Garage Doors Are an Option, Not a Goal

So while Discount Door Service does offer new garage doors as an option for our customers, it's not our goal to sell you one. Our goal is to give you what you want - which is often simply fixing a garage door so it works again, and will continue to work for years to come.

We want to know that when we provide fast, on-target repairs at a good price, people will be eager tell others about us, and recommend Discount Door Service as the go-to locally owned company for same day service for garage door repair services, broken spring replacement, garage door openers, maintenance and other common repairs.