Why Should Garage Door Springs Be Replaced by A Professional?
Garage doors seem to operate very simple but there is more to it than just meets the eye. It is never a good idea to try and replace your springs yourself. Be sure to contact our Neighborhood Garage Door Repair team for all your repair needs.
The Role Of Garage Door Springs
Garage doors are heavy and can weigh from around 150 to over 300 pounds. Without the entire garage door system working together to open the door, it would be extremely difficult to lift the door up. The springs are a part of the counterbalance system that brings added force to lift the door.
When you close your garage door, the system uses gravity to help bring the garage door down. While the door is closing, the springs are wound up. When you need to open your garage door, the springs release their stored energy and provide force to help the opener to push the door up and over on its tracks.
Locating and Identifying Your Springs
There are two main types of garage door springs, torsion, and extension. Torsion springs are located above the garage door opening on a rod and your system may use one or two springs. These springs use a twisting force to cause rotation.
Extension springs are on the side and run horizontally along your garage door’s tracks. These springs will have safety cables attached to keep the springs from flying off if they break. You will want to check with your door’s manufacturer to verify the type of spring your system uses.
Safety Concerns With Spring Replacement
The reason garage door springs can be dangerous to replace is the very thing that allows them to help lift the doors. The springs are under a lot of tension and if not properly handled can cause serious injuries such as broken bones and lacerations. Most injuries from springs occur during repairs.
The weight of the garage door is another concern during repairs. If the repairs are not being done correctly the garage door can come crashing down and result in injuries. If your door does begin to fall, let it go. It is easier to replace a garage door than to heal from the resulting injury.
Calling In the Professionals
If your garage door spring is broken, you probably already know. One-spring garage door systems will not work at all if the spring has snapped. If you have a two-spring system, the door may jerk during operation as the remaining spring tries to do the job of two. Replacing the springs before they break will save you a lot of frustration and time so if you notice any issues with your doors operation or gaps forming in the springs, it is time to call a professional.
Experienced garage door technicians have the proper tools and training to change your springs without injury. They also know how to set the tension on your springs so your system can operate efficiently. A properly installed spring will save you money and time in the long run.
We Install Garage Door Springs Safely
The team at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair can answer any questions about the springs your garage door system uses. Let us help you with all your garage door repairs and service. Now is a great time to call.