Common Problems with Garage Door Springs

Apr 15

Common Problems with Garage Door Springs

Even with a high level of care, garage doors may develop a squeak, become harder to open and close, and no longer fully close.

Even with a high level of care, garage doors may develop a squeak, become harder to open and close, and no longer fully close. Regardless of stellar maintenance, the springs will wear down and need replacing.

Here are the most common problems with garage door springs:

The door squeaks every time it opens and closes

Metal and automatic garage doors have springs that need regular lubing. This can be a messy DIY job, but it is essential for the longevity of garage doors. Professionals advise oiling the springs at least once a year; twice is even better. Cleaning and lubing garage door springs before the onset of spring and fall will ensure they continue to work smoothly.

The garage door won’t stay open

The springs take almost all the door’s weight during opening and closing. Worn-out springs can lead to the door not remaining open or getting stuck along the way. Any trouble opening and closing the garage door may point to spring tension problems or heavy wear and tear. An inspection by a professional will determine whether the springs need replacing or whether one can adjust the tension to overcome the issues.

The garage door opens at a snail’s pace

The wrong spring tension leads to the door opening slowly, a problem that exists on doors with one and two torsion springs. Although this problem is easy to fix, calling a professional is highly recommended. Heavy tension bears down on the metal, meaning excessive tightening can make it snap and increase the risk of serious injury.

The door doesn’t open

A door that won’t open more than likely needs new torsion springs. Call the professionals with the garage door specifications so they can come and replace the springs.

Inspecting garage door springs and testing them

Garage door torsion springs require regular inspection and testing. Before consulting a specialist, carry out the following checks:

  • Fully close the garage door.

  • Pull the emergency cord to disconnect the opener from the door.

  • Manually lift the door to waist height to see if it stays open. Guide it to fall back down slowly to stop it from crashing down.

  • If the door remains at waist height, lift it to shoulder height and re-inspect it.

  • If the door becomes heavy during the inspection, slowly lower it to the closed position, ensuring it stays safe. Then call a professional.

A door that is hard to keep open may have one or two broken torsion springs. If the door remains open for a short while, the spring tension is the likely cause and needs adjusting.

Safeguard the garage door

Garage door spring problems require professional care.

Fixing garage door springs is a job for a professional. The dangers of a DIY fix are too significant. If garage spring problems are suspected, call a specialist immediately.

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