Our Garage Door Spring Repair Best Practices

Garage door springs are a vital part of your garage system and are often overlooked in favor of more noticeable devices like your motor.

However, not looking after them can spell disaster for your garage door and may even cause some severe injuries. If you need a garage door spring repair, don’t waste time and get one.

The function of a garage door spring is to act as a counterweight. It is designed to carry enough weight to allow you to open the door by hand, or to make the process easier on your motor.

There are a few signs that you can keep an eye out for when it comes to old garage door springs. If you notice a considerable squeaking when your door is opening, then you may need a replacement. Although, you could always spray some lubricant on them and see if that does the trick.

More importantly, if your motor is struggling to lift the door, or the door is raising unevenly, then your springs are out of balance. In this case, you’re going to need a spring replacement.

If this happens to you, give us a call, and we can send one of our certified technicians out to you. We have the best prices on the market and operate seven days a week with same day service, so don’t worry about having to wait around for us to be open.

Replacing Both Springs

Sometimes when you need a spring replacement, only one spring is causing an issue. However, it’s essential that we replace both springs anyway.

You might think this is wasteful, but it is actually imperative. Your garage door springs work together, meaning that both need to be the same strength.

If one spring is stronger than the other, it may cause your door to lift unevenly. If this happens, then you run the risk of your door coming out of its track, which is going to cost you even more to repair, and can seriously injure someone.

Using the Right Springs

Some garage door repair companies choose to use low quality springs to save themselves money. We hate the idea of this. That’s why we only use the highest quality springs available.

We use professionally constructed garage door springs that are going to last years and don’t run the risk of breaking suddenly.

Garage doors can be dangerous if not maintained properly, so don’t run the risk of installing subpar parts into your system.

Safety Inspection

We start all of our work with an in-depth and thorough safety inspection. Our technician is going to do a walk around your garage and have a look at all the different aspects of your system.

Not only is this going to ensure that the work we are doing is completely safe and risk-free, but it also allows us to inform you of any additional issues that your garage door system might be facing.

We’re going to make sure that all of the parts and hardware on your garage door are in good condition, so you can rest easy knowing that everything is working as it should be.

What Happens When the Springs Break?

Even just one of your garage doors springs breaking can mean disaster for your entire system. There are a few things that can happen as a result, but these are the most common.

More often than not, when the garage door spring breaks, you’re going to notice your system struggle pulling the door upwards. You’re going to realize that your garage door is crooked and is opening and closing unevenly on its pulley.

If you notice this and don’t get a technician out to fix it, you run the risk of your door coming out of the track entirely. This can result in serious injury and is going to cost you a lot more to get fixed. So, if you notice that your garage door is crooked, don’t ignore it.

That’s just the start of what can go wrong with a broken spring, though. With your springs out of commission, your entire system is thrown out of sync. As a result, your pulleys and cables can even become loose.

You can notice this happening if any of the parts are left hanging down from your ceiling. Again, if you notice these signs, make an effort to get them fixed as soon as possible.

Types of Garage Door Springs

There are actually two different types of garage door springs that you should be aware exist.

These are torsion springs and extension springs. Nine times out of 10, you’re going to be working with torsion springs. It’s the more expensive of the two, but it also lasts longer. There are times, however, where you may not have a choice between the two.

If you have a garage with very low headroom, or the inability to use a rear torsion spring, then you would have no choice but to invest in an extension spring.

Extension Springs Torsion Springs
Advantages Cheaper than torsion springs Supports more weight than extension springs. Lasts longer than extension springs.
Disadvantages The spring is more exposed, and therefore more dangerous. It can support less weight than torsion springs. Has a shorter shelf life. More expensive than extension springs.

Extension Springs - Extension springs extend and retract to open your garage door, instead of the reeling system used by torsion springs.

Torsion Springs - On the flip side, torsion springs use torque to assist in lifting your garage door. This system allows the spring to be sturdier and last longer than extension springs.

What Not to Do After the Springs Break

A heavy garage door operating with broken springs can damage your door opener gear. So if you notice that your springs are broken, try not to use your system. If you use it excessively even though you know your springs need to be replaced, you can do more damage that is going to cost you more money to repair.

Broken springs can also be very unpredictable. That’s why it’s so important that you don’t try to lift your garage door manually if you need new springs. You risk the springs failing, which releases all of the weight and causes the door to come crashing down.

At best, this is going to crush your hands. At worst, this can actually kill you. So make sure you stay safe and call a technician.

The Dangers of Replacing the Garage Door Springs Yourself

  • You run the risk of getting injured.
  • You may do a poor job, causing you to think the springs are repaired when that isn’t the case.
  • The tension in the spring can come undone, causing it to shoot out like a bullet.
  • You can end up doing more harm than good.

Why Trust Us as Your Professional Garage Door Repair Company

There are safety regulations that your garage door springs need to adhere to when installed. Our experienced technicians are licensed and fully qualified to give you a spring replacement that conforms with these regulations.

Using a professional garage door repair company to replace springs is going to save you time and money in the long run, so don’t hesitate to contact us.