Garage Door Spring Repair and Replacement - Tampa Bay Area
The function of garage door springs is to assist in lifting your garage door. It takes the weight off the garage door and allows you to be able to open the door manually or with an automatic opener. So how do you know if your springs need to be replaced?
Many people assume that their garage door cables are broken when it’s actually the springs failing. If your cables are loose or slack, the spring isn’t functioning correctly. The pressure of a tightly-wound torsion spring keeps the cables in place. When the spring breaks, it comes unwound and causes the cables to slip out of place.
Heavy garage door
If your garage door does not open and feels heavy, the garage door spring is likely to be broken. Torsion springs support the weight of the garage door. Extension springs support about 50% of the garage door weight and the pulleys support the rest. Broken springs can also cause your door to only open about 6 inches.
Gaps in your torsion springs
Torsion Spring Systems are comprised of one or two tightly-wound torsion springs over the garage door. The springs unwind when they break, leaving a visible gap.
Crooked garage door
A crooked garage door is often caused by a damaged or broken extension spring. Extension springs are attached to either side of the garage door. They each pull the door independently. If one of the springs breaks, that side of the door will not move and the door will look crooked. The garage door can get jammed on the tracks if this is not fixed promptly.
Garage door noises
You hear a loud bang or pop coming from your garage, that's the loud pop of one of your torsion springs breaking. The spring unwinds in seconds, producing a loud noise. If you hear a loud bang in your garage and you cannot open the door you'll likely need to replace your garage door torsion springs.
Awkward garage door motion
Jerky garage door motion when the door opens and closes is likely caused by a broken spring. It’s an especially common symptom if your garage door has extension springs.
Garage door falling
Does your garage door fall quickly while it’s going down, or does your garage door fall faster than usual when you close it with your automatic opener? Because the door’s weight is supported by the spring, a broken spring causes it to fall more quickly than normal.
How Do I Fix my Garage Door?
So if you have diagnosed that your garage door springs need to be replaced, what's next? Contact the professionals at Garage Door World.
Why? Replacing garage door torsion springs is dangerous because the springs are under tension. If you do not use the right tools and follow safe procedures, you could lose hands, limbs or even your life. You could also damage property. In addition, it is recommended that both springs be replaced and matched because the older, unbroken spring will have lost some of its tension from years of use. Replacing both springs helps to balance the door so that it opens smoothly with equal force being applied to each side of the door.