How to Tell If Your Garage Door Springs Need Repair

Wondering if your garage door springs need repair? That’s something you can test yourself. It’s definitely a dangerous repair job, one that’s definitely not DIY, but here’s a few tricks you can try to see if it’s time to call a professional.

Safety First

The first thing you need to do is release the safety release on your garage door opener. DO NOT release it when your door is raised, even partially. Make sure the door is completely closed and sitting on the ground. If your springs are broken, the door can come crashing down. Weighing in around 200 pounds, that can be extremely dangerous to children and pets.

Once you’ve completely closed the door and released disconnected the automatic opener by pulling on the rope above the garage door, raise the door manually a little. Does it stay up or fall to the ground? If the door falls with the full force of gravity, your spring is shot. If it stays up but one side sags, your spring is likely out of adjustment and your door is unbalanced. When the door remains in the air indefinitely on a completely horizontal line, your spring is likely in great shape.

Visual Inspection

Take a look at your garage door springs. Do you notice any rust, fraying, or damaged areas? If so, you should call a professional for an inspection.

Always Call a Professional for Garage Door Spring Repair

Never attempt to garage door spring repair yourself. These springs are under incredible tension. If they should suddenly break, they can cause serious bodily injury. A professional garage door service has both the tools and the expertise to do the job safely and effectively.