Garage door springs are tightly wound under incredible tension. They are designed to lift a heavy garage door with ease. When they break, or a novice tries to fiddle with them, they can cause serious bodily injury and even death. Unless you really know what you are doing, replacing the spring is a job best left to the professionals.
Squeaky springs, on the other hand, is an easy DIY job. All it takes is a little grease applied to the springs. If the springs continue to make noise, you may have a serious problem. Have them inspected by a professional.
Springs may also be out of balance. Again, this is a job that is best left to a technician. Failing to fix it will only make the problem worse.
Torsion vs. Extension Garage Door Springs: What’s the Difference?
Torsion springs are large springs located in the shaft just above the garage door. They wind or unwind to lift or lower your garage door. The advantage of torsion springs are that they open the door in a more controlled motion. They provide for a much smoother door and are ideal if the garage door is located near a bedroom or living area.
Extension springs are smaller springs attached to the sides of your garage door. They tend to have a much jerkier motion. Extension springs can be loud and tend to wear out the components of the door faster. In general, these springs require more maintenance. Another drawback is many of their parts are hard to reach and difficult to oil.
Extension springs are also more dangerous. If one snaps, it could fly off, possibly damaging vehicles, items you have in your garage, or even anyone who happens to be nearby. This again is why we always caution against repairing or adjusting your own garage door springs. It’s just too dangerous.
Torsion springs are not quite as dangerous, but you should still be cautious nonetheless. If a torsion spring snaps, it will make a scary noise, but should stay on the shaft.
Which Spring Should You Choose for a New Garage Door?
Your garage will either have one or the other. We definitely prefer torsion springs if you are considering installing a new garage door. However, extension springs are cheaper and don’t require as much overhead space. This can come in pretty handy considering many of the garages in Sacramento, California can be small with little space up top.
Problems with the Garage Door Opener
If you’re having a problem with the garage door opener, do yourself a favor and check to see if the batteries are dead. Sometimes the problem is just that simple. You may also need a new motor, which you could try installing yourself or hire a professional.
Got any questions? Call Sac’s Garage Door Repair, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We’d be glad to help. Serving the Citrus Heights and Greater Sacramento areas, we feature a 100% customer satisfaction guaranty.