If you are like most people, you probably have paid really little attention to your garage door springs. While reasonable, this oversight is also a bit unfair. There’s no single part on your garage door and garage door opener that is more important to the raising and lowering of the door. That’s one reason for paying some respect to the springs. Here’s another: Garage door springs are dangerous! Very hazardous.
If you are having hassle with your garage door, it may be due to a problem with the springs. The garage door springs break and can be changed. There are suppliers who sell replacement springs for DIYers, and there are DIYers who have replaced the springs or carried out a garage door spring repair safely and successfully. Thoroughly weigh the risks versus the rewards in this task prior to choosing to tackle this project.
This post is not a how-to on garage door spring replacement. It is planned to acquaint you with garage door springs and a few of the maintenance duties you can perform on your own.
2 Types of Garage Door Springs
There are 2 various kinds of springs used on garage doors. Torsion springs are attached simply above the closed garage door, while extension springs lie above the upper tracks on both sides.
Garage Door Springs and Your Safety
Garage door springs are tightly wound, meaning they are under a great deal of stress. When they break or when some unsuspecting DIYer attempts to fiddle with them, they can trigger a whole lot of pain. Wise DIYers know that this is one household task that is best delegated the pros. If your garage door is old, or if it is revealing signs of age, let a skilled contractor check your garage door springs.
But if the springs are simply squeaking and otherwise making a great deal of sound, there are some things you might want to do before employing the troops. A little squeak does not necessarily imply a big problem, anymore than a hurting head implies a brain growth. Use some garage door lubricant to the springs and see if it makes any distinction. If it does not, you might have a serious problem developing.
Garage Door Safety Cables
The two types of garage door springs talked about above work differently. A garage door with extension springs will have a security cable on each side of the door running through the spring and connected to the wall or ceiling. These cables are an essential security feature. Extension springs are under a lot of stress, and if one was to break, it might trigger serious injury. Security cables assist manage a broken spring.
If you have extension springs on your garage door however can’t find any safety cables, call a garage door pro and get a set set up.
Out of Balance Springs
The best sign of a well-functioning garage door is that it opens and closes smoothly and quietly. When it stops working as it should, the problem can be severe. Attempt operating the garage door manually (pull the cord attached to the arm linking the rail trolley system to the door). If the door continues to be tough to run, the issue could be that the springs run out balance. In this case, you can be confident that the problem isn’t going to fix itself. And failing to repair it could lead to an escalating list of worn and damaged parts. Call a professional ASAP.
Garage Door Spring Brackets
Garage door springs are attached to brackets on the bottom of the garage door. Just like the springs, these brackets are also under a great deal of stress and should just be adjusted or otherwise preserved by a pro. More recent designs of garage doors have tamper resistant brackets that avoid the curious but unskilled from entering trouble.