The team at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair are excited to help you in every step of your garage door journey. At some point, you may deal with a broken spring. When your garage door spring breaks, this is what you need to do:
What Do Garage Door Springs Do?
Your garage door is typically going to be installed with torsion springs that are at the top of your door. Spring work as a counterbalancing part of your garage door. The winding and unwinding of the door are how the springs counterbalance the garage door weight.
You will find many varieties of diameters, gauges, finishes, and lengths of torsion springs. Springs are vital in both opening and closing the garage door, not the opener. When your door is balanced correctly, the opener moves the door, whereas the springs carry the weight.
You want to make sure that you never have a broken spring being put to work on your garage door. Even if you have more than two springs, your door will be running on either a one or a two spring system. When a spring breaks on the door, you now run into the dilemma of opening the door or not.
Don’t Move The Door
If there is a broken spring on your door, you should not open or close it using your automatic operator. Because springs carry the weight of the door, if you open the door while it has a broken spring, you risk damaging the operator and the door itself. You will often find that you don’t notice the broken spring until something else breaks or your door stops working altogether.
Here are a few things that can happen if you continue operating your door on a broken spring.
- The panels of the door can cave in.
- The garage door opener gears can break or completely burn out.
- The belt or chain can snap or the trolley may veer off.
- If a part breaks while in motion, the door could plunge to the ground. Possibly damaging a vehicle or causing extreme harm to someone.
- The list goes on and on.
What To Do With a Broken Spring
If you have a broken spring and it is imperative that you remove your vehicle from the garage or need to open the door immediately, your safest bet is to open your door manually. This is not recommended, but we understand that sometimes there are extenuating circumstances. It’s important to use extreme caution while using this method.
If you are able to leave your garage door in place, you should get in contact with a professional to come to change your spring. It’s very important to remember that changing a broken spring is very technical and should not be done if you are not trained for it. This will ensure that you and your family stay safe from harm.
We Look Forward To Hearing From You
Our friendly staff at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair wants you to know that we are here for you and your family. If you suspect your garage door springs might be broken, please give us a call. We are happy to answer any questions that you might have.