Garage Door Springs: What You Need To Know
Your garage door has a lot of moving parts to keep it working properly. With most garage doors weighing well over 100 pounds, it should come as no surprise that a garage door’s springs work hard and sometimes need to be replaced. While some people attempt to replace garage door springs themselves, this can be very dangerous and quite costly if you are not well trained.
Garage door springs are one of the most important elements of any garage door. They counteract the heavy weight of the door and keep the door balanced. The two types of garage door springs are torsion springs and extension springs. Torsion springs are more expensive but last longer.
It’s recommended that you don’t wait until your garage door breaks to replace its springs. You can do a couple of tests to find out what condition the springs are in and whether or not they should be replaced. First, move your garage door into the open position. Pull the lift release cord with a red handle which puts it into manual mode if the power goes out. The garage door should not move or only have a subtle movement. If the springs aren’t strong enough, the door may sink back into the vertical tracks.
The next test you can perform to see if your garage door’s springs need to be replaced starts by pulling the door to the halfway open position. If you have trouble moving the door by hand you have an issue. You also have a problem if your door starts to sink. In either case, your springs need to be replaced.
Even if you suspect that your garage door springs need to be replaced, call a professional. It’s not worth risking it by trying to do it yourself as the heavy garage door could regrettably fall and injure you severely. For a free in-home consultation call Guardian Garage Door Services today at 609-693-8040 .