When it comes to garage door repair, the springs almost always involve total replacement. The reason for this is that garage door springs normally can do what they are made to do until the point they fail completely. The springs are a normal part of the garage door itself, not the opener. They function to raise and lower the door. They are designed to last a very long time but wear and tear can take its toll to weaken the metal eventually leading to a break.
How To Determine If The Spring Is The Issue
Many people do not realize that their garage door spring has already broken until they attempt to lift the door or if and when they notice that the automatic door opener is creating more than the usual noise or it just is not working properly. A typical garage door weighs several hundred pounds, and if just one of the springs gives way, the door will instantly feel as heavy as a truck. Springs normally break when they are completely loaded, stretched and twisted under tension. The sound of a spring breaking is similar to that of a loud gunshot.
If you happen to be at home at a time when you suspect that the garage door spring has given way, never try to disconnect the opener from the door while it is open. If you do so, it is possible that the entire door will come crashing down under its full weight. Without a doubt, this is a very dangerous situation. It is not safe to leave the door open when a spring is broken due to the fact that someone might try to close the door without them knowing ho incredibly heavy it is. Or worse, they might attempt to pull the emergency release handle on the opener.
If you intend to leave the door open until such time that repairs can be made, block the door track on both sides so the door cannot move and then proceed to unplug the garage door opener. If you intend to close the door then you can try closing it with the opener but make sure there is nothing directly beneath it. An alternative would be to get the assistance of several strong buddies to hold the door while you proceed to disconnect it from the opener and carefully close the door manually.
Kinds Of Garage Door Springs
Residential garage doors typically have either one of two kinds of springs: torsion and extension. The former are typically heavy-duty springs that are 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 motion. When the door is closed, the cables connected to the bottom corners of the door pull on pulleys attached to the ends of the metal rod springs are mounted on. The pulleys turn the rod, which twists the springs and establishes tension. When the door is opened, the springs then unwind and assist in lifting the door.
The latter are long, lightweight springs that run vertical to the door and are mounted above the horizontal portions of the door tracks. The tension is achieved by stretching them out, using cables and pulleys, as with the torsion system. Due to the extension springs being suspended between two brackets, they need to have a safety cable running through each spring. This helps stabilize the spring in case it gives way. Minus the safety cable, a spring snapping under tension is a serious safety concern.
Have the Pros Handle It
When it comes to garage door springs, the only sure recommendation for repairing them is to leave the work to professional garage door technicians. Sure you might find some YouTube videos on how to repair them or you might think that you’re pretty handy around the house but for safety reasons it is best to have the pros handle this particular problem with your garage door. Keep in mind, in order to remove a torsion spring you need to have to control the tension by holding the spring with a solid metal winding bar, then you loosen it from the road and manually unwind the spring with two winding rods. Springs are really dangerous until they have been fully unwound. Working with them is inherently hazardous and therefore extra precautionary measures to prevent injury should be instituted. Best let a professional garage door repair company do the dangerous work for you.