Broken Garage Door Springs
Broken or worn springs are one of the most common issues we deal with here at Charlotte Home Garage Doors. They do a lot of work multiple times a day and are one of the first things on a garage door that need attention. If you think you may need to have a technician come out to take a look give us a call.
Types of SpringsYour home may have one of two types of springs, torsion or extension springs. Extension springs are visible above your garage door and attached to the cable via a pulley system. Extension springs are constantly expanding and releasing every time you open and close your garage door. Torsion springs are a newer type of system that is not visible from the outside. The spring is actually inside of a tube and mounted on the top center of the garage door. The torsion spring provides the force while relying on the cable and drums to do the lifting.
How Do I Know If I Have A Broken SpringYou may be wondering how you would know if you had a broken spring. As mentioned above, extension springs are actually visible so it is very likely you can just look up and see the problem area. Springs can also be quite noisy when they have broken or are worn out. If your door opens but halfway up it comes right back down it could be a broken spring. This symptom is usually caused by one spring trying to do the work of two. If you are not sure what the problem is, give us a call and speak to one of our knowledgeable team members.
Why Should A Professional Repair or Replace My SpringsIt can really be tempting to google the symptoms your garage door is experiencing and youtube a solution. We recommend against this unless you are a trained garage door professional. Some of the reasons you will want to call one of our technicians and not do it yourself are:
- There is a high risk of garage door falling on you or a family member and at 350 pounds a door that is not a risk worth taking.
- The springs are wound under high tension and if they release under that extreme tension they can seriously harm you.
- Professionals go through ongoing training to stay up to date on new methods and technology.
- Sometimes replacing springs is a two man job.
- Our technicians carries all the equipment needed to handle the job safely and correctly.