We’re a busy society, and it seems that the demand for our attention beckons from every corner. However, not everything that needs attention is so noisy. In your garage, the garage door springs may be quietly deteriorating. The result is a worn out, corroded garage door spring which is in desperate need of replacing before it breaks.
It’s hazardous to wait until a garage door spring breaks before replacing them. There are several reasons for this: the inconvenience of having a spring break when you least expect it means your garage door won’t work. It’s the equivalent of a dead battery or flat tire on your car. But, there’s another reason, too, which is a safety issue.
The torsion spring is the one above the door, and it’s also the one which is the muscle behind the garage door. Once a torsion spring breaks, the garage door opener won’t work. Not only that but if you try to use it anyway, it will result in further damage to the opener.
Remember, a typical garage door weighs around two hundred pounds. That is a lot of weight to be messing with when a torsion spring breaks, so it’s no wonder that spring damage can cause more damage.
A torsion spring isn’t a typical homeowner repair, no matter what the guy (who makes money on that video) posts on YouTube.
But I just moved here! How to know when to replace springs?
Let’s say you moved into your house a few years ago, so you don’t know how old the garage door is. Maybe you’ve maintained it off and on in a somewhat regular or sporadic fashion.
One thing you can do is to look at the garage door and garage door torsion springs. If they look corroded, rusted, or compromised in any way, it’s best to call a pro for a second opinion. Look for a separation of the springs, a stretched-out look, or a broken cable.
Also, check out the sounds the garage door makes when you open it. If the spring made a sound like a gun going off, it was the spring breaking. If the garage door opener is noisy, grinding, shrieking, or rumbling, schedule an appointment with a quality garage door maintenance and repair service. When they come out to do the service, ask them if the springs need replacement.
Replacing the door springs when they become worn but before one of them breaks can save a homeowner the hassle and danger of having to deal with a broken garage door spring. If you have any questions, call us. We’d love to hear from you.
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