What to Do When Your Garage Door Spring Breaks
We take our garage doors for granted. We use them day after day, raising them and lowering them. And they often are up to the task, delivering dependable and quality performance when asked. But garage doors inevitably breakdown, and there’s a good chance that the next breakdown your garage door experiences will be a broken springs.
Springs are what make the magic of a garage door possible. They carry a massive amount of tension and weight so that your door raises and lowers quietly and easily. A broken spring will most likely shutdown your garage door completely. But that’s nothing to worry about. Just follow this process, and you’ll find that your garage door is up and running again in no time flat.
- Get Your Car Out: You can always disengage your automatic garage door opener by pulling the red cord. Your door will be much heavier when a spring is broken because that spring is no longer doing the heavy lifting for you. And remember that the door may not stay up once raised. Ask for help from friends or neighbors to lift and hold up the garage door while you back your car out. And, if the door starts to fall, do not try to catch it or otherwise stop it. A garage door is heavy and can only cause damage and harm when falling quickly.
- Find Your Springs: You have one of two kinds of springs in almost all cases. Torsion springs run horizontally atop the inside of your garage. Extension springs are located on both sides of the garage door at 90-degree angles. One you identify the type of springs that you have, you can look into getting replacements.
- Identify Replacement Springs: Always replace all of your garage door springs at the same time. This is important because they most likely wear at the same pace. If one is broken, others are sure to break down soon. Might as well go ahead and take care of them all while you’re in the middle of the project. Also, using old springs in tandem with new springs can unbalance your door and place an especially heavy load on your door and its opener. Check your garage door manual for information about what type of springs to get, and then find those springs at almost any local hardware store.
- Install Replacement Springs: Here’s where you need to make a decision. Replacing garage door springs often requires advanced knowledge and expertise, not to mention tools that few homeowners will have handy. Springs are also under enough tension that they can pose a danger to the novice installer. If you feel like you have the skills, knowledge and experience to get the job done, not to mention the tools, then go for it. But, if you don’t, a qualified garage door repair specialist can do the job for you.
- Safety Above All Else: If you do choose to go it alone, put safety above everything else. Follow all standards and procedures as outlined in manuals and documents that come with your garage door and the new springs, and enlist the help of a friend or family member to assist with the project. No do-it-yourself job is worth a threat to your own safety.
At Liberty Door & Awning, we replace garage door springs each and every day. When you have a broken garage door spring in New Jersey, make sure you’re getting the experience, knowledge and skills that you need when you call on Liberty. Not only can we get the job done, we respond quickly to your call and we operate with an emphasis on outstanding customer service.
Contact us today about garage door spring replacement at your New Jersey home.