Garage Door Spring Repair
What is a Garage Door Spring?
A garage door spring, also known as a torsion spring, twists to counter balance the force required to open a heavy door with ease. A broken spring will fail to tighten up on the way down, which is why the garage door will no longer lift up after a spring break. The garage door spring is coiled at its tightest when the door is down. As the garage door is prompted to lift up, the spring works in conjunction with the cables, drums and shaft to lift the weight by unraveling. The looser the spring gets, the less weight it has the ability to lift but because the garage door is split into sections and guided on secured rails, the weight that the spring holds actually decreases as the garage door gets higher.
Where is the Garage Door Spring Located?
The torsion spring of a garage door is located directly above the door when it is closed, on the inside of the garage. A garage door can have multiple springs and springs can differ in size and strength. The spring used all depends on the size and weight of the garage door being lifted, as well as the projected frequency of use.
Identifying a Broken Garage Door Spring:
- Garage door stopped opening or starts but then reaches a couple inches and goes back down.
- Do you recall any loud noises you heard in your garage recently? That could have been the actual spring snapping.
- Many times, if you look close at the spring above your head and it looks like there are two of them, that’s a sure sign that a portion of the spring broke off from the rest and you need to have your garage spring replaced.
Garage Spring Repair can be Dangerous
Remember I said that the spring is coiled at its tightest while the garage door is on the ground? This means that there is a very high amount of pressure, especially when the door is not being used. If you don’t know exactly what you’re doing and don’t have the specialized tools to fix or replace the garage spring, it could end badly. A typical spring, fully coiled to fit a residential garage door has enough force to lift at least a 150 pounds, with ease. Think of what that means for your face, arms or anything else that might be close to the spring if the wrong move were made.
Garage Systems Should Be Serviced By Professionals
Though they may not look like much, garage door openers are highly pressurized, mathematically calculated systems that can cause serious injuries and it is important to know the ins and outs of the specific garage door that you’re working with. If you suspect there is an issue with the spring contact our professional garage door repair and replacement professionals. Springs don’t always snap, sometimes they come off the winding cone, which is still a dangerous task to handle if you are not trained, equipped and experienced to correct such issues.
If your residential garage door is not functioning correctly contact the professionals at Rise & Shine Garage Doors for garage door spring repair services. Contact us at 612-886-9606, call anytime.
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