Garage Door Has a Broken Spring, or is Stuck

garagerepairA garage door with a broken spring can create a difficult situation. Either your car is going to be stuck in the garage or you aren’t going to be able to park the car in the garage until it’s fixed.

When dealing with a broken torsion spring, that lifting force that raises the door isn’t there.

If you aren’t sure whether or not your torsion spring is broken, look above the garage door. You will see the spring 12 inches above the top of the door when the door is closed. There are two coil springs about as long as your arm. They may be black or silver.

The main function of this spring is to balance the weight of the door against gravity. Factor in power and the springs are important to the lifting of the door. When the spring breaks, gravity takes over and the door won’t raise.

When the spring is working, a garage door feels weightless and that’s why it is easy to lift manually. When the spring is broken, you feel every pound of the door, which can make it impossible to manually lift.

When The Door Won’t Lift

It is best to not attempt lifting the door manually, especially alone. Even the garage door opener isn’t going to be able to raise the door because it only uses 10 pounds of pressure to do so. This means it won’t be able to lift the 200-pound door without the torsion spring.

If you are in an emergency situation, you can lift the door manually while using the garage door opener, but this is not recommended. The door could get stuck halfway up and then slam the rest of the way down. This could cause injury. The ideal solution is to call a Twin Cities garage door repair company to come quickly and repair the spring so that normal operation can be restored and so you are not in a situation where you find yourself having to attempt manual lift with or without the assistance of the opener.

Contact A Minneapolis And St. Paul Garage Door Repair Company

If your torsion spring isn’t lifting your door or your door is stuck, it is best to not attempt fixing it on your own. Garage doors are very heavy and can be the source of great injury if not handled with care when a part is broken. At Advanced Garage Door Solutions, Inc., we are there for you to quickly fix the problem so that normal garage door function is restored. To learn more, call the Minneapolis office at 952-500-3921 or the St. Paul office at 651-769-7191 and request a free estimate.