Your garage door is the gateway to your home and a safe place to store your vehicle and belongings, so when you are unable to open or close the garage door, it can make many of your daily activities much more complicated. Many people assume that the garage door opener is the primary way the door opens and closes, but the truth is, it is the motor and the springs that make it possible to open and close the door. Like anything else, the springs on the garage door require maintenance to operate correctly, and they will wear out at some point. Here are a few of the warning signs that the springs are going out and need to be replaced as soon as possible.
Stops While Opening
Unfortunately, it’s difficult to tell if the springs on the garage door are broken until you try to enter or exit the garage. If you push the remote or the wall button and the garage door only opens about six inches then stops, it’s a built-in safety feature that prevents you from opening the door completely which can damage the opener or door. Even if your door stops while opening, you can operate the door manually. However, if the door does not stay up or will not stay in the same place, then the balance is off and the springs are not wound and balanced properly. A service call can be done to adjust the springs — this can add a lot of life to the garage door springs.
The Door Opens Crooked
If you push the button on the garage door opener and the door rises, but one side is opening quicker than the other, it means that your garage door has two extension springs and one of the springs is failing. It is crucial to replace the springs as soon as possible to avoid the risk of someone getting injured, because if one spring is broken, the other one can break at any time, resulting in the door suddenly slamming down.
Visual Damage to the Spring
If you see obvious signs, such as rust on one or both springs, the cable and pulley hanging down or there is a gap between the springs, there is a chance that the integrity of the spring is compromised. When the spring breaks, it can be extremely dangerous, especially if the door is open when the spring snaps, which can cause the door to slam shut suddenly. The springs typically last about seven to twelve years, so it’s best to be safe and routinely inspect the springs before an accident occurs and replace them before actual breaking occurs.
One of the first signs that the springs are getting ready to break is hearing unusual noises in the garage. You may hear an extremely loud bang coming from the garage, but when you go out to check, you may not immediately notice the spring has broken until you attempt to open the garage door the next morning. You may also notice screeching, creaking or popping when you try to open or close the door. This is a sign that the springs are wearing down. In some situations, you may be able to lubricate the springs to prevent the noise, but this is only a temporary fix.
It is important to keep in mind that the springs are responsible for supporting the entire weight of your garage door and installing new springs is not a DIY project. You should contact a reliable garage door repair company as soon as you suspect there may be a problem with the springs and never attempt to replace them on your own. Prevention is often the best way to avoid the risk of injury due to a broken garage door spring, so be sure to include routine inspection, cleaning, and lubrication in your usual household maintenance tasks.
Is your garage door showing signs of wear? Contact us at American Garage Door to schedule your garage door maintenance and service.