Every year, more than 10,000 Americans will suffer pinching, crushing, or lacerating injuries caused by their own garage doors. Other homeowners may suffer even worse injuries when attempting to perform what they may assume is a minor do-it-yourself garage door repair.

For example, the torsion springs that allow your automatic garage door to go up and down easily are each supporting thousands of pounds of pressure, potentially causing serious or even fatal injuries if a spring breaks or slips mid-repair. Meanwhile, attempts at DIY motor repair could lead to electrocution or other injuries.

When your garage door isn't working correctly, what's the best solution? Read on to learn more about why DIY garage door repair might be a bad idea and what to do instead.

Risks of DIY Spring Repair
Torsion springs are ultra-tightly-wound springs designed to help your heavy garage door move up and down while being powered by a relatively small electric motor. These springs are designed to handle a great deal of pressure but are just as susceptible to rust, oxidation, and other damage as other metal components. This often means that after a few years (or decades), these springs can become thinner and worn, more prone to cracking or fracturing.

A garage door spring that breaks at an inopportune time can go flying across the garage, striking anyone in its path with hundreds of pounds of pressure. In other cases, a broken garage door spring might give way while you're driving your car underneath the door, damaging your car or even injuring you and other passengers.

While these problems can certainly prevent your garage door from operating in a safe manner and need to be repaired as quickly as possible, repairing spring issues on your own can pose its own risk. For most who aren't experienced in garage door repair, it will be all but impossible to wind your new torsion springs to the tightest possible tension, rendering them less effective or even increasing the risk that they'll give way and cause injury.

Instead, you'll want to periodically inspect your garage door's springs for any signs of cracking or other age- or moisture-related damage. This can allow you to proactively schedule a spring repair before major problems arise.

If you've already sustained damage to your garage door's springs, you'll want to schedule a professional repair as quickly as possible. An experienced garage door repair technician will be able to expertly wind and replace your springs, saving you time and money in the process.

Risks of DIY Garage Door Motor Repair
Often, your garage door's issues may not lie in the springs or other mechanical components, but in the motor itself. Motor problems can often boil down to a relatively simple cause, but diagnosing and repairing the problem can be tough for those who don't have a background in small motor repair or some basic knowledge on the principles of electricity.

Attempting to repair a faulty garage door motor without disconnecting power to the motor (or removing it entirely) can subject you to risk of electrocution or other major injury. Because completely replacing a garage door motor is a relatively inexpensive prospect, you may want to simply consider having a professional perform this replacement to save you time, money, and the risk of serious injury.

Alternatives To DIY Garage Door Repair

Rather than wasting one of your weekends or after-work evenings on an attempt at DIY garage door repair, the better bet is generally to contact a garage door repair company. Putting your repair in the hands of professionals who deal with these issues regularly is likely to lead to a better result than amateur repairs that may cause further problems or even void your warranty.