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Why You Should Never Attempt Garage Door Spring Repair Yourself

The average garage door goes up and down several times a day, thousands of times per year. What’s more, they weigh hundreds of pounds, yet go up with the push of a button. What makes it so easy? The torsion spring. Yet when this spring breaks down, it’s important to realize this is no DIY job. Garage door spring repair should only be done by a professional. While torsion spring replacement on a garage door is generally safer than fixing an extension spring, it’s still a job best left to an experienced technician. The springs on a garage door are extremely dangerous and can cause serious injury and even death.

Torsion springs are found inside the garage door just above the torsion shaft. They are under extreme tension to be able to lift up the sizable weight of the door. Extension springs offer counter balance, providing lifting power by stretching. It helps balance the door’s weight as it lifts.

A technician will not only have the specialized experience to do the job safely, but the proper tools to make sure it is done correctly. They will be able to better balance the door to avoid future problems. They’ll make sure the spring is properly sized.

DIY Spring & Cable Inspection

Though we strongly caution against working on your own springs, you should give the springs a visual inspection from time to time. Never touch the springs themselves. Instead, look to see what kind of condition they are in. Are they rusted, fraying, or damaged in any way?

Likewise, you can also visually inspect the cables. Look for any frayed ends, rust, or brittleness.

If you do notice any “wear and tear” that concerns you, give us a call. We’d be happy to come out and do a professional inspection. It’s always best to catch a spring issue before it’s a real problem. These springs can be extremely dangerous if they snap. Plus, if you catch worn out springs before they break, it’s not an emergency you have to deal with before you go to work. You can get it done on your time. It’s not only less stressful, but also a lot less expensive.

DIY Garage Door Maintenance

One of the best ways to avoid costly garage door repair is to regularly keep up on the maintenance yourself. A couple of times a year, you should take a wrench and tighten up the hardware. This stuff tends to rattle loose as we raise and lower our garage doors. Give the rollers an inspection. Look for worn, chipped or cracked rollers. These will have to be replaced. You can easily replace rollers by removing and reinstalling any worn roller brackets.

You should also lubricate all moving parts. Never use WD40. Instead, use white lithium grease on the opener’s chain or screw to coat all moving parts. A spray lubricant, available at most garage door repair shops, is best for springs.

Though you should never actually touch the cables because they’re so dangerous, it’s a good idea to give them a visual inspection several times per year. Look for broken strands and damage near the bottom roller bracket. Also, keep an eye out for rust. If you encounter any wear or damage, call a garage door service professional to schedule an inspection.

Great Local Garage Door Service with 100% Guaranteed Customer Satisfaction

Call Sac’s Garage Door Repair today to have your springs inspected or replaced. We offer 24 hour customer support and complete 100% guaranteed customer satisfaction. We’re a local garage door service company serving the Citrus Heights and greater Sacramento area.

Can You Fix Your Broken Garage Door Yourself?

Although it may look like a potentially easy fix, you would be taking your life into your hands to attempt to fix your garage door by yourself. Garage doors can weigh several hundred pounds, and if yours is off its track and collapses on you, that could cause catastrophic injury. Our team of professionals is highly trained and experiences in all sorts of garage door issues. We will be happy to come out to your property and assess the situation to ascertain the problem and suggest a workable solution for your garage door and your budget. Give us a call to discuss your options.