There is never a good time for your garage door spring to break. Especially, if you are trying to leave for work or school. If something happens then call our team here at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair.
Understanding the Spring’s Job
Most of us do not give much thought to how our automatic garage door opener functions. We push the button on our opener remote or even just open an app on our phones and our door reliably opens and closes. The springs play an important role in making that happen.
Garage doors are heavy and openers rely on a counterbalance to carry the weight of the door. When your door closes, gravity works to help the door close but also to wind the springs and store energy for opening the door. The springs stay wound until you push the button to open the doors and then they release their energy to help the opener lift the weight of the door.
If your garage door springs are broken, there is no counterbalance to help raise the door. The opener motor on its own is insufficient to raise the weight of the door and trying to do so may burn out the motor.
Signs That Your Spring Is The Culprit
So how do you know if broken springs are the reason your garage door will not open? Well, the most obvious way is to look at your springs and see if they have snapped. If your system has springs that are inside a tube making it difficult to visually confirm they have broken, you will have to look for other signs.
Your door may open only six inches and then stop because it can not pull the weight of the door.
Your garage door may not open at all. If you have a system that uses two springs it may operate in a jerking motion because the remaining spring is trying to lift the door on its own. Springs also make a loud noise when they break and many people can hear it inside their home.
What To Do Next After Your Garage Door Spring Breaks
Unfortunately, there is no easy, quick fix when your garage door spring breaks. Your springs will need to be replaced and opening your garage door while they are broken is going to be difficult and cause safety concerns. It’s best to call a professional garage door repair technician right away.
If you absolutely need to get your garage door open, you will need a few people to help lift the door. You’ll need to use the emergency release rope to disconnect the door and then carefully lift the door and remove your car. The door should remain closed until it is repaired because a falling garage door can cause damage and serious injury.
Let Our Team Help!
The best time to have your springs replaced is before they break so if you have noticed any gaps in your garage door springs, you will want to get that looked at. The team at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair can help you with spring replacement as well as your other garage door service needs. Give us a call today. We look forward to helping you with all your maintenance needs.