How to Know that a Spring has Broken
Most people don’t realize that their garage door spring is broken until they try to lift the door, or they notice that their automatic door opening makes a lot more noise than usual or it does not work.
Garage doors can weigh several hundred pounds, and when just one of the two door springs breaks (usually only one breaks at time), the door suddenly feels as heavy as a truck.
Springs usually break when they are fully loaded – stretched or twisted under tension and can sound like a gunshot. If you’re home when this happens, you’ll probably hear it and won’t know what it is.
Garage Door Springs
The springs are part of the garage door itself, not the garage door opener. Garage door repair What springs do is make it much easier to raise and lower the door. They generally last a long time, but eventually all that lifting, through all those weather changes, tends to weaken the metal and leads to a break.
The process for replacing garage door springs depends on the type of springs and whether you will do the work yourself or hire it out. The following discussion will teach you how to deal with a broken spring, identify what type of springs you have, and determine who should do the work.
Garage Door Safety Cables
The two types of garage door springs discussed above work differently. A garage door with extension springs will have a safety cable on each side of the door running through the spring and attached to the wall or ceiling. These cables are an important safety feature.
Extension springs are under a great deal of tension, and if one was to break, it could cause serious injury. Safety cables help control a broken spring. If you have extension springs on your garage door but can’t find any safety cables, call Pros Garage Door and get a pair installed.
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It’s interesting to know that garage door springs will last a long time after starting to fail. My husband and I noticed that our garage door is not working properly, and we are looking for advice about what to do. I will let him know about the benefits of hiring a garage door professional to help us with that problem.
Yesterday, I went to work just like normal; however, when I came home my garage door would not open. I could hear it trying but it was not moving. I need to protect my car from this bad weather we have been having so I would like it fixed as soon as possible. Thank you for informing me that the weather can cause springs to break after a long time of use. I wonder if that could be the problem; I guess I will have to look for repair services.
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