If your garage door breaks and you need it repaired be sure to hire a professional who you research and trust. They will do a job they can stand behind and you can be satisfied with.
It probably doesn't occur to most homeowners but a garage door sometimes breaks. At some point in the ownership of a house there will be a necessity to have this part of the house fixed. While it is tempting to work on one's own house there are some things that should be left to professionals. Garage door repair is one of those things. There are so many things that can malfunction that it is good to prepare for what you will do when you need to hire someone.
The mechanism can break down, the gate itself could break, or the whole thing could come off its tracks. When one of these things happens it's time to prepare for hiring someone to fix it. A little research will ensure that you are happy both in the short and the long run. The number one thing to do is to determine what is wrong. If the teenager drove the family van through the garage door when she mistook drive for reverse that is pretty self-evident.
If on the other hand it simply does not want to open then it will require a little more investigation. Check and see if the batteries in the controller work and if everything is still on the rails. Check to see if the motor is working by turning on the light if it has one. By knowing what the problem might be you can give the repair person a better idea of what they are coming out to fix. If you can be specific in what you need to have done you have a better ability to hire the right person for the job.
As with any construction or repair job the best source for good professionals are your friends and family. Get recommendations or warnings from people who have had a good or bad experience. Ask what they had fixed and how much it cost. Some other great places to look for recommendations are the Internet or the yellow pages. No matter how you find someone be sure to call and ask enough questions that you feel comfortable hiring them.
If you don't feel comfortable then don't hire them. Never give someone a shot because your friend recommended them if you aren't satisfied with their qualifications. The last part of a good garage door repair is maintaining it. If the motor got dirty and had to be replaced make sure to take better care of it.
Clean it off once in awhile and keep debris from interfering with its operation and be sure to keep all of the parts lubed and rust free. Remember too that if the repair doesn't hold you can usually call back the company and have them fix it again. Most good contractors guarantee their work for at least a little while. If you take the time to research and find a good garage door repair company you will be happy with the work they did and the price you paid.