Signs that you need to replace your garage door springs

When opening and closing your garage door, you probably rarely pay any attention to the door mechanics. This is true for most people and totally understandable since it’s such an automated action. We really only get acutely aware of the garage door mechanics when things don’t work.

The springs are involved in lowering and raising the door so you can comfortably relax while the garage door is doing the hard work. The springs do a lot of lifting over time, and they generally work well for about 10 years. The more you open the garage door, the shorter the life span will be. Although some homeowners enjoy more than a decade without any need for repairs, some door springs can break within a few years. If doors have been installed with very little knowledge of what spring size is required for a specific door weight, problems may arise even sooner.

Therefore, it is good practice to inspect your garage door springs on a yearly basis. Also, ensure you lubricate the door and its components to increase their longevity.

Signs of wear and tear

Big, thick springs make your garage door open and close. You will find the springs either above the opening or alongside the roller track on each side of the door. Check for signs of wear, If you hear a squeaking sound, apply some light lubricant on the area.

If the springs look worn, be careful! Garage door springs can be very dangerous. There is enormous tension in the springs, and if they snap and shoot off, you really don’t want to be in their path.

It’s very important not to tamper with worn garage door springs for your own safety and to protect your property. Due to the high tension of springs, ensure a fully qualified garage repairman makes any adjustments to the faulty parts.

Signs that the springs need to be replaced

1. Garage door goes up a few inches and then stops.
2. The top part of the garage door is bent.
3. You hear a loud bang: The spring has snapped.
4. The cables and pulleys are hanging down.
5. Changes in how the garage door opens or closes: it opens extremely slowly or falls faster than normal when it goes down.
6. The garage door is crooked.
7. The door is stuck in the tracks.
8. You can’t lift the door, even with pulling the emergency release rope.
9. The garage door keeps jerking when opening or closing.
10. There is a big, 2-inch gap, in the torsion spring.

To avoid the hassle of broken springs, routinely check for wear and tear. Remember that if anything looks worn or the spring has broken, call a garage door professional.

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