Tackling Garage Door Spring Problems2 min read
The good news is that issues with the garage door springs tend to be fairly uncommon. The bad news is that they are often quite serious. However, this should not scare you off. The important thing is to figure out what is going on with the component and to take the right step for resolving the problem at hand. From Squeaking to Breaking If you hear squeaky sounds coming from the torsion spring while the door is opening, you should inspect the component carefully. Confirm that the coils are not rusty or deformed. Usually, the squeaking is due to lack of proper lubrication. Any sticky dirt should be removed with solvent and then a thin layer of lubricant should be applied on all coils. If this does not resolve the problem, the component will require repair. If it is hard to keep the overhead door in the closed position, this typically indicates that the spring tension is too high. Similarly, if the unit seems to go down more quickly than usual and/or it hits the floor, this can be a sign of lower than optimal tension. The best way to figure out what is wrong is to run a simple test. Disconnect the opener from the door. Then lift the door halfway to the fully open position and release it. If it moves up or down quickly, the tension will have to be adjusted. You will need to find a reliable company for garage door adjustment. There is no doubt that a broken spring is one of the most serious issues that can affect overhead doors. It is important to note that this event is practically inevitable. All such components break eventually as they are weakened by the hard work they do. It is possible to have the component replaced right before it breaks if you have calculated its useful life or if an inspection has confirmed that it is extensively worn. This is beneficial because in case of breakage, the entire door will get stuck and you will not be able to operate it either manually or with the opener. For most people, spring breakage is an unexpected event. However, it is easy to figure out that it has occurred. No matter whether you have torsion or extension springs, there will be loud bang as it breaks. This happens because the tension held by the component is released. When the spring is broken, the door will typically be stuck in place. However, if the opener is very powerful, it may still lift the door, but at a much slower speed than usual. You simply need to look up to see if the component has broken. If this is the case, you must not operate the door either manually or automatically until the component has been replaced.