garage door spring replacement

5 Telltale Signs You Need a Garage Door Spring Replacement

As you hop in the car to head to work in the morning and you notice your garage door isn’t opening smoothly…that’s normal, right? Not quite.

If you don’t fix the problem, a shaking garage door might stop working without any warning; and the problem may be your springs. So we’ve put together this guide to show you a few warning signs indicating you need to get a garage door spring replacement. 

So let’s get started! 

1. The Door Jerks When Opening 

Your garage door should lift and lower smoothly every time you open or close it. If it starts to have trouble, such as shaking or jerking, the springs may not be working properly. 

2. You Can See a Gap in the Springs 

Go out to your garage and take a look at your springs. Do you see any gaps between the rings?

As extension springs get older and worn out they will start to unwind, which will leave small (or large) gaps between the coils of the springs. If you see gaps it’s time to get a replacement. Make sure you have a professional take a look at your springs as soon as possible. 

3. The Door Refuses to Open  

Your garage door opener has a built-in safety feature that keeps it from opening if the door is too heavy. If your door lifts up only a few inches and then goes back down, or won’t open at all, this is a sign that your spring is broken and needs to be replaced.

4. There Are Loose Cables 

Do you see loose or dangling cables you never noticed before?  Those cables hanging on the sides of your garage door used to be wrapped around the drum (which is part of the torsion system.) If the spring has broken, the cables will unravel off the drum. 

Don’t try to rewind them yourself. This won’t do much good, and even if you do manage to make it look better, it won’t fix the problem. You will need to replace the springs. 

5. The Door Looks Crooked 

If your door looks crooked while it’s opening, or even when it is sitting closed, the may be due to faulty springs. If the springs aren’t pulling both sides of the door up at the same time, the entire door may become askew. New springs are the solution.

Is This Repair Something You Can DIY?

In short, no. 

You should never attempt to replace or repair damaged garage door springs on your own. It might seem like a simple DIY job, but the springs are under intense pressure. If something goes wrong, you could end up in the hospital with serious injuries. Accidents involving garage door springs can even lead to death. 

Let the professionals handle it. 

Scheduling Your Garage Door Spring Replacement 

Think there might be something wrong with your garage door springs? Putting off the repair will only make the problem worse (and more expensive to fix later). Because of this, you should schedule your garage door spring replacement as soon as possible. 

Not sure how to do that or who to call?

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team at Ohana Garage Doors – We’ll get your door opening again!