Want a well functioning garage door that you can rely on all year long? The secret is in maintaining a good set of garage door springs. They provide the lifting capacity for your garage door — what makes a several hundred pound door feel as light as a feather. At the same time, garage door springs are also extremely dangerous. They are under a high amount of tension and can cause serious bodily injury if they snap. You should always leave garage door spring repair to a professional.
How to Inspect Your Garage Door Springs
While you shouldn’t repair your garage door springs yourself, you should inspect them regularly for signs of wear and tear. This will help you stay ahead of repair issues so you aren’t caught off guard with a suddenly broken spring and non-functional door.
Look closely at your springs for any sign of stretch or slack. They should be tightly coiled and ready for action! If they’re not, this is a sign they are wearing out and may need to be replaced.
You also want to look for signs of rust or brittleness. Rusty springs tend to break eventually.
You can also test the quality of your springs by inspecting the balance of your garage door. To do this, disconnect your garage door opener and open the door half way. Allow it to hang. Ideally, it should stay open in a balanced position. If it does, this is a sign your garage door springs are maintaining their tension and are in great working shape.
The Danger of Broken Garage Door Springs
If your garage door springs should break, you won’t be able to open the door, even manually. It will be too heavy and dangerous to lift.
The catch is garage door springs tend to snap when they break. (You’ll usually hear a loud bang!) The spring can come flying across the garage, which can be dangerous to kids, pets, and property.
Many modern garages install cables on the springs as a safety measure. The cable runs through the springs so when the spring snaps, it simply falls down the cable, safe and sound. If your springs don’t have cables, you might think about installing them.
That’s why we always recommend installing new springs at the first sign of wear and tear. This ensures you are never stuck with a garage door that doesn’t work — and prevents any bodily injury.