Posted by on December 14, 2017

What to Do If a Garage Door Spring Breaks

Would you know what to do if your garage door suddenly stopped working? A number of reasons could cause garage doors to break or become faulty, and one of the most common is a broken garage door spring. To make sure you’re prepared for this situation if it does arise, I’ll take you through the basics of how to identify and repair a broken spring.

How do you know if a spring has broken?

If your springs are in good working order, then you should be able to manually lift an overhead garage door. To test this, you should disconnect the automatic door opener and try to open the door manually. Any resistance may suggest a fault with your door springs, and the same goes for if the door cannot stay open at the top by itself. If the door won’t open at all, either electronically or manually, then this could also be due to broken springs. You may also be able to notice wear to your door springs by simply looking at them.

What to do when a spring breaks

If a garage door spring does break, then it will most likely need replacing completely. Your best option is to have a professional replace the springs to ensure your safety and that the job has been done correctly. Trying to do it yourself without experience with repairing garage doors could lead to further maintenance issues in the future. Torsion springs can be particularly dangerous to work with if you are inexperienced.

If you’re in any doubt, then I would recommend calling a professional maintenance service to replace your garage door springs. We provide a spring replacement service in North Carolina if you are in need.

How to prevent door springs from breaking

You should perform a visual check of your garage door springs at least once a month to identify any problems before they worsen. If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, there are two main types of springs your garage door may be fitted with: torsion springs and extension springs. Torsion springs are typically used for larger garage doors and you will find these on the wall above your garage door. Extension springs may be found above the door’s tracks or to the sides of the door.

Extreme weather can result in increased wear to your garage door springs, so be extra vigilant in particularly hot or cold weather. You can help to maintain the condition of your door springs by applying lubricant to them on a regular basis.

If you’re in need of garage door maintenance or spring repair, get in touch with Carolina Garage Door for services around Winston Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville, and High Point.

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