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What to Do if My Garage Door Spring Breaks?
The garage door spring is an integral part of the garage door no matter the make or style because this is the part of the door that is easily the hardest working part of the entire thing. Every time you open and close your door all that considerable weight and forces puts on thing coil of wire under immense pressure.
There are two major groups of garage springs: torsion springs and extension springs. Each one has different signals that show a problem.
These are the most common type of spring. They’re a tightly coiled piece of metal. There will be one to four torsion springs depending in the size and weight of your door. They are generally considered safer and last longer than extension springs.
How to Identify A Weak or Damaged Torsion Spring
For this you’ll be working your garage door manually, so disable any automatic openers you have.
- Lift the door all the way open manually. The door should stay up without assistance with minimal movement.
- Hold the door open midway. The door should stay open on its own. If it doesn’t, or the door feels heavy or too light, then the springs are damaged or poorly installed.
If you door fails even one of these simple tests, the springs need replacing.
These are the most common type of spring even if they’re more dangerous. The two springs will be in tracks either side of the door, and you will have safety cables attached as well in case they break.
How to Identify A Weak or Damaged Extension Spring
All warning signs that apply to torsion springs apply here as well, along with a couple extra ones.
- Check the springs for gaps in the coils. Any gaps indicate a weakened spring whose steel is internally stretched, damaged and ready to snap.
- Check springs, clips, loops and cables for any signs of disrepair up to, and including rust.
- Check that the tracks on either side of your door are properly aligned. If they are misaligned, then the door won’t open and close properly.
- Perform all the tests used for torsion springs.
How to Repair A Garage Door Spring
A broken spring is an immediate danger to everyone. The spring could snap and send the door flying back down; it could pop out of its placement, go flying across the garage and potentially injure someone and many more problems. In short: if you’re lucky, a broken garage spring leaves a door non-functional, if you’re unlucky something could break; at worst someone could be badly injured.
For your own safety, you must never attempt to fix a garage door spring on your own, and instantly call in a professional worker to fix it for you.
Contact ZAAAP immediately if you live anywhere in the Los Angeles areas and we will come out as soon as we can to help you. Find us at +1 (818) 406-4995