What You Need to Know When Your Garage Door Spring Fails
Your garage door is more dangerous than you may realize. The average garage door weighs between 150 to 250 pounds. If it crashes down on you because of a broken spring, it could crush you. This is why it is important to maintain your garage door springs and have them replaced by a professional when they wear out.
The springs attached to your garage door help to bear its weight so that you or the garage opener can lift the door. Using your garage door opener when the springs are failing can damage or weaken the motor. If the spring breaks, the door may not open at all.
2 Types of Garage Door Springs
There are two types of garage door springs: extension springs and torsion springs. It is important to know the difference since each one has its own unique problems.
These are springs that are attached to the sides of the door. If your garage door has extension springs, you will see them attached to a cable pulley. They run parallel to the line that connects to the door opener.
Extension springs are primarily used on single-car garages and standard overhead garage doors.
A torsion spring runs along the top of the door. Unlike extension springs, this spring doesn’t contract or expand as the door moves, instead it winds up or unwinds as the door opens and closes.
Two-car garages usually have a torsion spring because it can lift heavier weights and creates smoother motion.
Some garage door systems are designed to use both of these types of springs while others only use one type.
8 Signs Your Garage Door Spring Is Failing or Broken
1. You Hear a Loud Bang from the Garage
When a torsion spring breaks, it can make a loud sound you could mistake for a gunshot. If you hear a sound like this coming from your garage, it is a good idea to check your garage door’s torsion spring.
2. You See a Gap in the Torsion Spring
The torsion spring should not have any gaps, if it does, it needs to be replaced. It will not function correctly it there is a big space between rungs on the spring.
3. The Garage Door Cables Are Disconnected
If the metal cables running down the door are loose or disconnected, it usually means that the extension springs are broken or damaged. Without the tension from the spring, the cables can’t function correctly.
4. The Garage Door Will Only Open a Few Inches
If the door will only open a few inches, it usually means that the garage door opener’s safety mechanism has been triggered. The main reason it gets triggered is because the springs are broken.
5. The Garage Door Falls Closed Too Fast
Functioning garage doors close gently. If yours closes dangerously fast, it is because the springs aren’t working. Without the springs to help carry the door’s weight, it can crash down quickly.
6. The Garage Door is Crooked or Bent
If the door opener is opening and closing your garage door without healthy springs, the top of the garage door can get bent from the burden. If only one extension spring is broken, the garage door could lean towards one side as the functioning spring struggles to do both jobs.
7. The Garage Door Doesn’t Open Smoothly
Jerky movements are an indicator that the garage door springs aren’t working correctly. The problem could be that one of the two extension springs are broken or that the torsion spring is wearing out.
8. The Emergency Rope Can’t Open the Door
If you pull on the red emergency rope and the door doesn’t open, it probably means that the spring is not working.
How to Deal with a Broken or Failing Garage Door Spring
If your garage door has a spring that is broken or damaged, it should be replaced as soon as possible. Even if you are still able to open your door without it. Using your garage door opener when a spring isn’t working puts a lot of stress on it. This stress can damage the opener and the door itself which will cost you more money in the long run. You also risk the danger of the door injuring someone when it is closed.
Replacing a garage door spring may sound easy but it isn’t a task to DIY. Replacing a spring without experience is dangerous both because of the weight of the door and tricky nature of metal springs. Getting your finger crushed in a metal coil or under a falling door are serious risks. The dangers aren’t the only reasons not to try to do it yourself. Working with metal springs is difficult. If you are not experienced, you are likely to choose the wrong spring and install it incorrectly. Calling in a professional to install a new garage door spring will ensure that the job is done right the first time. It will also save you a lot of trouble. Professionals, like us, spend a long time training to perfect the art of installing garage door springs. It isn’t a skill that you can pick up in an afternoon watching tutorials.
If your garage door spring needs replaced, give our team at Safeway a call! We’ll ensure that the job is done correctly so that you can use your garage door without a worry.