Garage doors are usually something you don’t think of maintaining its stability throughout the year due to everything else that is going in your life. How can you tell if your garage door needs repair before it’s too late? Inspecting your garage door springs will give you a better idea on whether they may need repair or not.
How to Know When a Spring is Broken
Most spring repairs involve a complete spring replacement. Garage door springs will perform their job day in and day out, until they break. An important thing to note is that garage door springs are part of the garage door itself. The main functionality in garage door springs is that it makes it easier to raise and lower garage doors.
Most residential garage doors have one of two types of springs: torsion and extension. Torsion springs are heavy-duty springs mounted to a metal rod that runs parallel to the door, directly above the door opening. These springs are loaded, or tensioned, with a twisting action. When the garage door closes, cables attached to the bottom corners of the door pull on pulleys attached to the ends of the metal rod the springs are mounted on.
Extension springs are long, lighter-weight springs that run perpendicular to the door, and are mounted above the horizontal portions of the door tracks. These springs provide tension by stretching out and using cables and pulleys, as with the torsion system. Extension springs must have a safety cable running through each spring. Most importantly, the safety cable helps contain the spring in the event of a breakage. Without the safety cable, a spring breaking under tension is a serious safety hazard.
Most garage door springs tend to last for a very long time. Eventually, with the more usability involved, the more likely it will be for springs to break. Something simple to look out for is when the automatic door opener makes more noise than usual. Most of the time, the springs will break one at a time and when this happens, the garage door can feel as heavy as a pick-up truck. Springs usually break when they are fully loaded, stretched, twisted and under tension. The noise that will come from your garage door broken spring, is equitable to a gun shot.
Garage door repairs can pose a safety hazard while working on them, due to their heavy weight. It is strongly recommended to seek a trained and certified garage door repair professional. Due to the heavy weight in garage doors, we strongly advise against trying to do repairs yourself. Under no circumstances should you disconnect the opener from the door by pulling on the release handle while the door is open. Pulling the emergency release handle will trigger the garage door to come crashing down. This is especially dangerous for you and any loved ones around.
It’s not worth putting yourself in such a dangerous situation, nor is it safe to leave the door open when a spring has broken since someone might try to close the door without realizing how heavy it is.
In this situation, the best thing to do would be to leave the door open until it can be repaired. One extra precautionary step we recommend is blocking the door track on both sides, and unplugging the garage door opener. Taking safety precautions is the best thing for you to do while waiting for professional help.
To Do It Yourself or Not to Do It Yourself
There’s a common recommendation made in the home improvement world regarding garage door spring repair: always leave it to the pros. The fact is, a handy homeowner who is competent and has the tools, as well as a basic understanding of mechanical systems could replace either type of garage door spring. However, this involve many steps which must be performed in the proper order.
Broken spring repair is not a one-man job. Give yourself and your family peace of mind by hiring an experienced professional. R&L Overhead Door in San Antonio, TX specializes in garage door repair. They have fully experienced and trained technicians in garage door repair and broken spring repair. R&L Overhead Door offers fast and reliable service just when you need it most. Keep in mind, if you see any problems that your garage door may be having or is presenting signs of impending spring failure, don’t take any chances with your own safety and security.
Call R&L Overhead Door today at 210-625-5977 for a comprehensive professional inspection and broken spring repair service.