Garage doors have their ups and downs as they go up and down. But what should you do if your door malfunctions? Can you fix it yourself? When is it time to call a professional?

Hopefully, these tips will be of service whenever your garage door needs some tender loving care.

How Can You Prevent Garage Door Problems?

Every year, look at your door closely. If there are any holes or cracks, fill them as soon as you can. And don’t forget to use special garage door lubricant on the mechanical parts.

The seal — also known as the weather stripping — should be in decent shape. If it’s worn out or leaking, buy a new one. You can use a caulk gun for extra strength when you attach that seal.

You ought to refinish a wooden door every other year and wax a metal door twice per year. Also, whether it’s wood or metal, rainwater should drain away from your door.

Of course, if your time is limited, you can always hire a pro to visit your home, look at your garage door and handle all maintenance duties.

What Fixes Can You Do Yourself?

No matter how diligent you are, you’ll probably face a garage door problem sooner or later. Fortunately, some of these snags can be solved pretty with relative ease.

First, if your wall unit isn’t working even though everything is plugged in, you may be dealing with a burnout or other electrical problem. Try resetting your circuit breaker or replacing the fuse.

If your remote control doesn’t work after you’ve changed the batteries, you could reprogram it according to the instructions in your owner’s manual.

When your garage door goes down and immediately goes up again, see if something’s blocking the sensors. You’ll find them on opposite sides of the door. Also verify that those sensors haven’t shifted, that they’re still pointing toward each other.

Is your garage door drooping? If so, look for the tension rods on the back of the door and tighten their turnbuckles. The best approach is to make them a little tighter each day over the course of a few days. That way, you won’t put too much pressure on your door all at once.

If there are no tension rods, you could go to a home improvement store, buy them and install them yourself. It’s a satisfying rainy day project.

When Should You Contact an Expert?

On the other hand, you might review the situation and have no clue why your door is shaking, wobbling, sagging or not moving. That’s when it’s time to contact an authority.

In fact, any time you feel unsure of yourself, don’t hesitate to ask for help. These problems often demand special equipment and training. What’s more, do-it-yourself electrical work can be very dangerous. And it’s easy to get injured when a garage door suddenly falls.

Experts can find and replace a broken part, be it a pulley, a spring, a roller or something else entirely. They can reroute the track, remove rust or restore a close limit switch. And they do all of these things with great speed and efficiency.

Finally, keep in mind that garage door problems can get worse in no time. So don’t delay when your door is acting up instead of going up