Most modern homes feature electric or automated garage doors. These models are clearly superior to their manual predecessors: for one thing, you don’t have to worry about locking them every time you leave your home. They are also the only option for physically disabled individuals who cannot open a large, heavy garage door.

As with most things, however, there is a trade-off. While manual versions are incredibly durable and require little maintenance, electric models can and sometimes do break down. Why? Although their construction and operation seems simple, there are actually several things that can go wrong with automated models – especially when they’re connected to an electric opener.

Simple Troubleshooting Tip

The first thing any concerned homeowner should do is pull the release cord or lever that hangs from the electric motor. This will allow you to open the door manually. If you can pull it up and down on its tracks, then you know the problem is the motor, not the structure. If, however, you cannot open it manually, the problem may be the springs. Either way, you will have to contact a reputable garage door repair company ASAP.

Do You Really Need Help?

Yes, you really do! We cannot emphasize enough how important it is to find a professional service provider. Why? Because even if you consider yourself a handyman or an accomplished do-it-yourselfer, dealing with electric models can be difficult and even dangerous. They have hundreds of moving parts, including springs and cables, and it is simply not a job for the average homeowner. In addition, if you find that you have to replace the structure or the motor, there’s no way you can do either job on your own.

How To Find A Service Provider

Start by speaking to your friends and neighbors to see which service they use. Since most people these days have an automated model that occasionally needs service, locating a reputable garage door repair contractor shouldn’t be that difficult.

Because installation or replacement of electric versions can be a big job, you should conduct a short interview with any prospective contractor. During the interview, you will want to ask about their experience in the field, how long the job will take, and when they are available. You can also ask them for a rough estimate. In order to come up with an accurate price quote, they may have to visit your home and take a look at your setup.

If Replacement Is Required

No matter your setup, the contractor should be able to offer you a full range of options if you want a new brand, model, or style of door. Because it can be dangerous work, you should always make certain the contractor has his own insurance – just in case he is injured while working at your home.

When it comes to the actual estimate, most contractors will provide you with a free one. If you accept the estimate, you will be asked to sign a contract before any work is undertaken. Make sure you read all the terms and conditions of the contract before you sign your name and hire a provider.

If your garage door is on the fritz, do not try to fix it on your own. Contact a reputable garage door repair professional to do the work for you.