No matter how well built your garage door is, it will still wear down over time. The constant tension and weather changes eventually weakens the springs’ metal, leading to breakage. If you have not done much maintenance on your garage door, you might need to do a thorough check up to see its condition.
Watch out for these common indicators that point out to a weak or faulty garage door spring:
- Your garage door seems heavier when you open or close it. If you notice that lifting the door seems to be a little tougher, the springs can be out of balance and may need refitting.
- Squeaks and weird noises coming out of the garage are some of the most common signs of worn down springs.
- A large bang coming from the garage can be the sign of a spring suddenly breaking. This can be because of the snapping or uncoiling of the spring.
- If your door has extension springs, then you might want to consider adding safety cables for extra protection. This is extra protection in case the spring breaks; the door will not suddenly collapse.
Before repairing your garage door springs, there a couple of things to keep in mind to help you better understand the science behind this.
Springs are an essential part of the garage door. They are responsible for moving the door up and down smoothly. While they are generally designed to last a long time and can survive around 10,000 cycles, they will weaken over time.
Garage doors are built differently not just in terms of looks but also in how they function. Most garage doors use either a torsion coil spring or an extension spring. Torsion springs are larger in size and also more expensive. They work by winding and unwinding while the door lifts. Extension springs are smaller and can be found on the sides of the door. They expand and contract when the garage door is opened and closed.
Hiring Professionals to Fix the Garage Door
If you are not comfortable doing this yourself, hire a pro to do the job for you. Just be prepared of the extra cost, because you will be charged for labor and installation. Professionals usually follow this process when replacing a faulty spring:
- Take measurements of your door springs and find proper replacements.
- Turn off garage door and ensure the area is clear and safe to avoid accidents.
- Carefully unwind or take out old springs.
- Install replacement springs and adjusting tension.
- Wind the spring back up and lubricate the door.
- Check on other possible defects that need repair.
If you have the budget, it is more ideal to have a professional do the job. While fixing a garage door spring may seem like a minor task, this can be dangerous to someone who is inexperienced. If you don’t want to go through all the trouble, call up a repairman or garage door pro near your area.