Some things are just best left to the experts- dentistry for example. Another job that doesn’t fall into the DIY category is your garage door spring. Think about it. It’s the very mechanism that makes lifting a several hundred pound object a breeze. That takes an incredible amount of tension, which isn’t something you want to mess around with. One wrong move could result in serious bodily harm and even death.
Your garage door has one of two different types of springs — torsion springs or extension springs. Torsion springs turn. They are sturdier and last longer, which is why they’re also more expensive. Torsion springs tend to have 15,000 to 20,000 cycles, where as extension springs only have 10,000 cycles. Torsion springs also open in a much smoother, fluid motion, whereas extension springs tend to be jerky. Extension springs also require more parts, which tends to mean they’ll need more repair.
Generally, garage doors have two different types of springs. Torsion springs attach above your overhead garage door, while extension springs are on the upper tracks on both sides of the door. When both break, it’s a dangerous operation that requires the tools and expertise of a professional technician.
If the spring is simply making a lot of noise, you could solve the problem yourself with some lubrication. Still, you want to avoid actually touching the spring, so a spray on application works best. If a liberal dose of silicon lubricant still doesn’t do the trick, call a professional. The spring is likely on its last legs.
How to Visually Inspect Your Garage Door Springs
One DIY maintenance trick that should be on your to-do list is garage door spring inspection. Every few months, take a close look at your springs. Do you notice any signs of rust or brittleness? Are the springs slack in any area? Is there a separation in the springs? How are the pulleys, cables and rollers? If you notice a cause for concern, schedule an inspection with a garage door repair professional. It’s best to address spring problems before they actually become problems. Preventative maintenance goes a long way.
We’d also suggest you do a manual inspection a couple of times a year. Release the garage door opener by pulling on the cord that hangs down from the system. Next try to manually raise the door. Is there much resistance? Does the door remain open when it’s been raised, or does it slowly inch back towards the ground? If either of these is the case, you may have a problem with your springs.
The most obvious sign you’ve got a garage door springs repair issue is the door won’t budge at all. This could be caused by a number of problems, but springs is a common reason. Call a professional and schedule an inspection.
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