Garage doors can weight over 150 pounds, and the garage door spring is the part that makes your door light enough that you can lift it without applying extra force. The average lifespan of garage springs is 7-9 years, but if the garage door is also used as a front door, and is, therefore, moving much more often it can decrease to 4-6 years.
There are numbers of reasons why the spring of the garage door breaks:
- Temperature fluctuations
- Improper primary adjustment
- Springs are out of the balance
- Premature wear
How to Check My Garage Door Springs?
There is a simple way to check if your springs are in a good condition and well-balanced: pull the door to the middle position. If the door is not moving, shaking, or making any loud sounds it means that your door is well-adjusted and that your springs are fine.
If your door is just making slight squeaking noises you can apply some lubricant to the springs and see if it makes any difference. If the door continues to make squeaking or scraping sounds, the spring should be inspected, and may need to be repaired or replaced.
Garage Door Spring – Repair or Replace?
Once you realize that your garage door spring is not functioning properly, you ask yourself: “Should I repair it or replace it?”
Garage doors have two kinds of springs, known as torsion springs and extension springs. Torsion springs are heavy-duty springs located above the door, while extension spring systems can be found alongside the door opening.
Usually, only one spring breaks at a time, but once you identify the problem you should always check on the condition of the other spring. If both of the springs are damaged it is important to replace both of them, and efficient to replace both of them at the same time.
Is it Safe to Repair Garage Doors Myself?
No. As mentioned above there are easy ways to detect if there are any problems with your garage door, nonetheless, we strongly recommend to leave garage door spring repair to a professional. Remember, the door is actually very heavy, and if the right parts break down it can suddenly fall into a closed position with all of its weight.
This situation is extremely dangerous, and can be even lethal. This is why the safest practice is to disconnect your garage door opener (if you have one) and call a garage door technician.
Call an Expert
When calling a garage doors spring repair professional, make sure that they are experienced in providing quality repair and Maintenance service for the type of garage door spring that you need serviced. First Responders professionals have expertise in repairing both torsion and extension springs.
Call us today for a free, no obligation quote for your garage door service. We provide general troubleshooting for garage door repairs, garage door locks, garage door cables, garage door tracks, and more. Our experts offer great prices for quick and reliable service.
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