There are a few things you need to do to keep your garage door working smoothly and safely. You should do a yearly checkup of your garage door and all of its parts to head off any problems before they start. These are just general maintenance and you should be able to do them with no problem without having to hire anyone to do it for you. The basic maintenance is easy but for the major repairs I highly recommend a professional as it can be dangerous to work with the high tension springs that are common on most garage doors.
Basic Maintenance To Complete:
Check your garage door spring tension; while door is in the down position, release the emergency pull for manual operation. Raise your door by hand, if it is heavy and won't stay up or wants to drift down I recommend that you call for a spring adjustment immediately before it strains an opener or throw a cable off.
Check Rollers; When the door is down,release it from the opener and use your door manually. If the rollers are wobbly and clattering they should be replaced.
Lubricate the rollers, tracks, springs, and all of the pulleys. You can use WD40 for this. There is special oil you can buy but I recommend just using WD40 as it is much cheaper and does the job just as well.
Check all nuts, Fasteners, and Bolts to make sure they are tight. If any of these are loose just tighten them gently being sure not to strip anything out or tighten to much.
Doing the above few items on an yearly basis will cut down on any major repair needs dramatically.
All Major Repairs Should Be Left for the Pros...
All of the above basic garage door maintenance is easy and should be completed by you. The major repairs should always be completed by professional and experienced garage door repair person. That would be me.
If you have an automatic garage door opener which is very common in Tampa and you are having problems with the built in automatic reversal system, then please give me a call right away. Not fixing this can be dangerous to you and your family and also to your cars.
As mentioned above the other project you should never do yourself is replacing the high tension garage door springs. I have been working with these springs for over twenty years and had extensive training on how to work with them in the safest possible way. If you try to do it then you can get seriously hurt. Most places won't even sell these garage door springs to homeowners because of the major safety issues.