One of the things most often cited as the reason that you should hire a professional for anything garage door related is the safety aspect. If you hear that and look at a closed garage door you may find yourself wondering what people are talking about. The people that get hurt by their garage door are probably those same people who drive up those weird statistics about vending machines being dangerous. Any sensible person would be able to get out of the way of a slow moving garage door at any time because they have most of their motor skills. However, the main safety concern of those people telling you to not tinker with your garage door are actually probably talking about one part of your garage door in particular, the springs. Garage door springs are literally wound tight. They are under a lot of stress to make sure that your garage door is working well and efficiently, but they can obviously only be made so well. Garage doors and their springs over time see a fair bit of wear and tear. And so need to be replaced every so often.
Most garage door springs are made to be used for a certain number of opening and closing cycles. As your garage door usage gets close to these they may not operate as well as they once did, but they should not give you any trouble. After this number of cycles it is best to replace them in order to avoid a situation where the garage door spring could snap or unwind, which can be very dangerous. Replacing a garage door spring is the time when they are most likely to become dangerous. They otherwise aren't being tampered with and so are under the same amount of stress nearly constantly unless being used to lift or close the doors. When you start tampering with them to replace them they can release a lot of that tension onto you or something in your garage, resulting garage to you or your possessions. Garage door professionals however know how to make sure that these sort of things don't happen because they have done it numerous times. There are many times when a garage door can very easily be serviced by the homeowner or an amateur, but when it comes to more serious matters like a garage door spring it is best to let a professional handle things in order to minimize the risk of injury.
The best sign of a properly working garage door is that it opens and closes smoothly and quietly whenever you want it to. When it isn't working as it should, the problem could be serious or something miniscule. If you door is difficult to operate and your springs are getting up there with age, the problem could be that the springs are out of balance. Out of balance springs won't simply work themselves out and become balanced. And failing to fix the problem could result in a long list of worn and broken parts down the road. Rebalancing your springs is not something that most home owners should really try to do themselves, so if this is the case you will want to call a professional as soon as possible.
Old or worn out garage door springs may be the culprit for a variety of problems related to your garage door. This part of your garage door may seem like a relatively small piece in the many different parts what make up your whole garage door opening system, however they are one of the most important parts when it comes to the lifting and lowering of your garage door. When you are unable to diagnose a problem with your garage door through other means it is a very real possibility that your garage door springs then are to blame. Keeping track of how many cycles your garage door has gone through may be tough, but with a little math and counting how many times you use your garage door on a regular day you can get a rough estimate for how close to replacement they may be. If you have lubricated all the parts you can think of and done all of the troubleshooting you feel comfortable doing then try lubricating your garage door springs to see if it doesn't just ease some of the problems. If you still can't seem to get your garage door working like you would like, then it is time to call a garage door professional to take a look at things. If your math out how many cycles your garage door is at is anywhere near the maximum you may want to also think about telling them this, as it is likely that this is the problem.
Garage doors seem relatively safe and simple from the outside, but they do utilize some parts that can become dangerous in the wrong hands. If you would like to really scare yourself out of touching your garage door springs take a look on youtube for videos of garage door springs going bad. Otherwise you can simply take my word for it and make sure that if you do have a garage door related problem that can't seem to be fixed by any of your own means then you should think about whether your garage door springs might be the culprits. Your garage door shouldn't decline in efficiency or quality of use too quickly because of aging springs so check for obvious problems before jumping to the conclusion of garage door springs. Otherwise it may seem that you need a professional garage door technician to rebalance or replace your garage door springs. Call up your local garage door professional and make sure that you don't have to deal with the dangers of a faulty garage door spring. In addition to getting the work done for you make sure that the garage door spring you are getting is one that will be safe for your home for many years to come.