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5 Signs You Need Garage Door Spring Repair

5 Signs You Need Garage Door Spring Repair

What do you do if your garage door struggles to open? Check the springs to see if one needs to be replaced. Here are more signs you may need garage door spring repair.

The average garage door opens and closes three to five times each day. That’s about 1,500 times per year. Because of the constant strain on our garage doors, it’s inevitable they’ll face some damages.

Maybe your garage door opens unevenly or is heavier than usual. These are tell-tale signs that garage door spring repair is necessary.

Don’t know all the signs? No worries, we’ve got you covered. Here’s what to look out for.

1. Door Doesn’t Open Smoothly

It’s time to replace the garage door springs if the door is difficult to open. A door that isn’t level won’t open smoothly, and a crooked door is a sign your springs aren’t operating evenly and need to be checked. Whether you have standard springs or extension springs, a crooked door is a bad sign and often leads to more trouble when left unchecked.

Standard garage door springs are located above the garage door, while extension springs are located perpendicular to the garage door on either side. If one wears out the door may become uneven, and both should be replaced.

2. Door Is Heavy

When you attempt to open the garage door with broken a spring, your opener will struggle to open it, or won’t be able to open it at all. Because of a safety feature built into the garage door opener, the door may rise just a few inches and then go back down. The sensitivity feature controls the strength of the opener to prevent any damage due to excessive weight.  

If you operate your door manually, you’ll notice it’s harder to lift. Functioning torsion springs support the door’s weight but if your door feels heavy, it’s a sign of a worn or broken garage door spring.

3. You Hear a Loud Sound In the Garage

You may hear a sound similar to a fallen storage box, a blown fuse box, or a crash coming from your garage, but more likely it’s the sound of the garage door spring breaking. When the torsion spring breaks it causes the coiled spring to unravel and violently spin around the shaft. As a result, a loud bang erupts! 

4. Spring Gap

If you notice a gap, plan to replace your garage door spring.

A standard torsion system is comprised of one or two tightly wound springs located over your garage door. When a spring breaks, it will unwind and leave a noticeable gap between the two pieces, approximately one to two inches, sometimes bigger.
If you see a gap, call the professionals to help you.

5. Loose Cables

Garage doors use cables to open and close the door. At the top of the door the cables wrap around a drum attached to the torsion system, at the bottom the cables hook onto the bottom panel. When the spring breaks it causes the drum to spin and the cables lose tension. As a result the cable will be loose or tangled, or even appear cut.

When you see a loose cable, be sure to call the garage door professionals at Ohana Garage Doors.

That’s Everything to Know About Garage Door Spring Repair!

Now that you have been schooled on the 5 signs you need garage door spring repair, it’s important to keep an eye on your garage door. As the largest door to your home, a broken garage door spring is a huge inconvenience – especially if you park in the garage.

If you’re in the Houston area and are experiencing garage door issues, we’d love to help. Contact us here for more details.