Your garage door gets a lot of use. It’s the main way that you enter and leave your home. Like anything else in your Minneapolis home, your garage door is exposed to ordinary wear and tear. A broken garage door can be a safety hazard to you and your family. That’s why it’s important to recognize the signs that something is wrong with your garage door. One of the main problems you should be able to identify is a broken garage door spring. Here are several common signs to look out for.
Signs of Broken Garage Door Springs
These symptoms indicate a problem with your garage door springs.
The garage door cables are loose. Many people assume that their garage door cables are broken when it’s actually the springs that are failing. If your cables are loose or slack, the spring isn’t functioning correctly. The pressure of a tightly-wound torsion spring keeps the cables in place. When the spring breaks, it comes unwound and causes the cables to slip out of place.
The garage door is very heavy. If your garage door does not open and feels heavy, the spring is likely to be broken. Torsion springs support the weight of the garage door. When the spring breaks, the door becomes “dead weight.”
The door only opens about six inches. Since the garage door spring supports the heavy weight of the door, it will not open easily if the spring is broken. The door may open only a few inches or not open at all. It’s also possible that the safety system was triggered. Check the sensors.
You see a visible gap in your torsion spring. A torsion system is comprised of one or two tightly-wound torsion springs over the garage door. The springs unwind when they break, leaving a visible gap. If you notice a gap in your torsion springs, contact a garage door repair expert right away.
The garage door is crooked. A crooked garage door is often caused by a damaged extension spring. Extension springs are affixed to either side of the garage door. They each pull the door independently. If one of the springs breaks, that side of the door will not move and the door will look crooked. The garage door can get stuck on the tracks if this is not fixed promptly.
You hear a loud bang coming from your garage. It’s likely that you will hear it if one of your torsion springs breaks. The spring unwinds in a second, producing a loud noise. It can be very startling; some customers report it sounds like someone is trying to break into their home. If you hear a loud bang in your garage and you cannot open the door, contact a repair technician.
The garage door is jerky when it opens and closes. A jerky motion when you operate your garage door is likely caused by a broken spring. It’s an especially common symptom if your garage door has extension springs.
The garage door falls quickly while it’s going down. Does your garage door fall faster than usual when you close it with your automatic opener? This is another sign of a broken spring. Because the door’s weight is supported by the spring, a broken spring causes it to fall more quickly than normal. This is a safety risk and needs to be repaired right away.
What to Do if You Have a Broken Garage Door Spring
If you have a broken garage door spring, contact a repair specialist as soon as you can. Do not attempt to repair it on your own. Replacing broken garage door springs can be dangerous without the proper tools and training. Contact us at Advanced Garage Solutions to schedule your garage door repair.