Is your garage door not opening? Does the door seem off balance and tilt? Have you identified rust on your springs? If so, it may be time to adjust or replace your springs. The team here at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair would love to help!
What Do Garage Door Springs Do?
Garage doors are generally pretty heavy, reaching up to several hundred pounds. While manual opening and closing the door is possible, nearly all homeowners have an electric garage door opener and spring system. These systems employ a counterbalance method, which uses force to offset the weight of your garage door. This part, in both an Extension and Torsion spring system are what provide the assisting force.
How Do Garage Door Springs Work?
The most common type of garage door system is a Torsion Spring System. In this system torsion springs, running directly above the garage door, store and distribute energy. When the garage door closes, springs are condensed and wind up to store energy. When the door is opened, the springs unwind and release the energy required to lift the garage door open.
In an Extension Spring System, they are located along each side of the garage and equally distribute the weight of the door. When the door is lifted the springs extend and a pulley system is used to lift the weight of the door.
If the integrity or position of the garage door springs is compromised, it may change how your garage door functions. Continue reading to learn how to identify a spring issue.
How Do I Know if the Garage Door Springs are Okay?
- The most obvious sign that they may need attention is your garage door just simply refuses to open or close. If this is the case, the best course of action is to call a professional to perform an inspection and identify the root cause.
- Garage doors often tilt if the spring tension is offset. One side of the door may be touching the ground while the other side is lifted and creates a gap for air and debris to enter the garage. This could be an indication that the tension needs to be adjusted.
- Do a visual check of them. If you find rust, coil separation, or a misaligned spring, they may need to be cleaned or straightened.
- Try manually opening the door. To do this, start by pulling the emergency cord to disconnect the door from the garage door opener. The cord usually has a red handle and will hang down from the center rail of the garage door mechanism. Once disconnected, lift the garage door straight up until the door is fully open. If the garage door opens with little or no resistance, they may be in good condition. If you experience resistance and difficulty opening the door, it may be time for a spring adjustment.
Give Us a Call
A properly fitted spring system will foster a safe and well-balanced garage door. If you have any questions about your garage door springs, don’t hesitate to call us. Our technicians here at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair are always available and eager to support your garage door needs.