Did you hear a loud bang from your garage? Did it sound like a gunshot or something falling over in the garage? After checking to see what made the noise, you might look up and notice the garage door spring is in two pieces. You might think it is not too hard to repair this problem yourself. The knowledge needed to change the springs is critically important to do the Job safely, We strongly recommend to hire a trained technician to the work right the first time. (Especially if you like your fingers) Call us Today (805) 238-6985
But in reality, it’s dangerous to repair a broken garage door spring. The garage door’s entire weight is passed onto its spring system. The weight can fluctuate between 150 to 600 lbs. Here’s why it may not be a good idea to tackle this job yourself.
Why is it so dangerous to change a broken spring by myself?
You need to be aware of the operation of the entire lifting system before you attempt any repairs. For example, the torsion spring, on a tube, is attached to a drum that coils the lifting cables, which are then connected to brackets found at the bottom of a garage door. These cables are under extreme tension like the strings on a guitar.
There are many different types of springs and many different sizes.
Location of a torsion spring
- This spring is located above the garage door and is mounted on a tube.
- If this spring breaks, it will stay on the tube.
- You can tell if it is broken by the gap in the spring typically about 2-3″
How long can a spring last?
Normally, a 10,000-cycle spring system lasts anywhere from 9 to 12 years; one opening and closing is considered a cycle. At Hamon Overhead Door we typically install 18,000 cycle springs or more. Most people use there door on average 3 times a day, 365 days a year, which is about 1,000 cycles a year! We get almost double the life out of our quality springs!
No need to worry! My door opener will lift my door!
You are right… in some cases the garage door openers are built to lift up to 125 lbs. or more. Nevertheless, if an opener can raise that much weight, realize that it will lower that same weight, which is quite dangerous. So never risk using your garage door if a spring is broken!
What should I do?
If possible, close your garage door with your opener and unplug the unit.to prevent undue stress on the motor, Contact us right away, and our technicians will come for an emergency repair. Repairing a broken garage door spring is a safety issue for you and your family. Until it is repaired, we recommend to not use the door if possible.
I want to avoid this dangerous situation. What preventive measures can I take?
Inspect your garage door two times per year, and then lubricate it. All components that are in direct contact with metal like rollers, hinges, and springs need regular lubrication. We recommend doing this maintenance each fall and spring.
When lubricating springs, just spray the springs with some light oil. This protects springs from surface rust and eliminates unpleasant noise when coils rub together. It also prolongs the life of door springs.
Can you maintain my garage door for me?
Of course, we can! We offer a multi-point check-up for all residential garage doors. This check-up consists of an inspection, any needed adjustments, and lubrication of metal components. If we discover a part that must be replaced, we will notify you before starting any additional work.
For your garage door or opener needs, complete our contact us form or call us at (805) 238-0524.
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