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.
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
It is a good idea to visually spot check your garage door springs for signs they need repair. Give them a close look every few weeks. Look for signs of wear on the garage door springs, mounting hardware, pulleys, cables and rollers. Rust is a cause for concern, as is brittleness or springs that look overly stretched. Look for separation in the springs.
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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