Your Neighborhood Garage Door Repair team has some tips to help you identify a broken spring. A garage door gets a lot of use. How can you tell if one of the springs has broken? Let’s take a look at ways to help you identify this problem.
First, there are two different types of springs in your garage door system. Extension springs are visible and follow the tracking for the door. Torsion springs are usually found in the header of the garage and are hidden from view when the door is open. Torsion springs are usually only visible when the garage door is down.
How Long Should A Spring Last?
The average life expectancy of garage door springs is 5 to 10 years. That is based on your garage door being opened and closed 4 times a day.
Extension Spring Problem Signs
Door Jerks When Opening and Closing.
Two extension springs follow the tracking of your garage door. When one extension spring breaks the operation of the door becomes jerky as it is being lifted by one side.
Door Looks Crooked
When the spring breaks the door has become unbalanced on one side causing it to become crooked.
Something Hanging from the Garage Door
Sometimes an extension spring will break and get caught on something. You’ll notice it hanging. You might also find a broken spring laying on the floor of your garage.
Torsion Spring Problem Signs
The Door Will Not Open
A force sensitivity system in some garage door openers will kick in and stop the door from opening.
A Dent Appears in the Upper Garage Door Section
Without a force sensitivity system, a dent may appear in the upper section of the garage door. The system continues to try to pull the door open. Garage doors can weigh up to 300 lbs. When the door is too heavy continued pulling can cause a dent in the garage door.
Manually Opened Door Will Not Stay Up
When the red cord garage door disconnect is engaged the door will not stay up when manually lifted.
A Gap in the Torsion Spring
There can be one or two torsion springs in your system. If a spring breaks sometimes a visible gap will appear in the torsion spring.
You Hear A Loud Noise
There is a very loud sound as the pressure releases as a torsion spring snaps. An unidentifiable loud noise could be a torsion spring breaking. Check for a gap in the spring or other visible signs of breakage.
The Garage Door Drops Quickly
If the door is dropping faster than it used to check for a broken spring. One spring isn’t able to hold the door safely.
Call Us For Help
Due to the high pressure placed on springs your Neighborhood Garage Door Repair team highly recommends professional replacement. If you are not familiar with the system and don’t have the equipment needed you could get seriously hurt. Give us a call and we can get the spring fixed and keep you and your family safe.