Your garage door springs are the muscle of your home’s major entry point, and they could use some routine TLC in between bi-annual professional inspections.
Most homeowners use their garage doors as a primary access point — some almost never use any other door. This means garage doors might be raised and lowered multiple times per day, and the springs are doing most of the work. Worse, you may not even notice that they’re “complaining” because the noise the garage doors make muffles other sounds.
Garage door springs often will squeak or make other noises when they’re on their last leg. This is how they tell you it’s time to do maintenance or that they need to be replaced. Worn-out springs won’t cause serious damage immediately, but they can over time.
The type of garage door springs you have also plays a role in how risky it can be to put off replacement. For instance, torsion control springs can be dangerous to try to replace yourself and should be taken care of only by a professional.
How Often Do Springs Wear Out?
Many of the moving parts on your garage door, no matter how high the quality, will need to be replaced eventually. The question of when depends on many factors, including how often the doors are raised and lowered, how often they’re professionally serviced and their level of exposure to the elements.
The only way to know for certain when springs need to be replaced is by watching and listening to them regularly while also sticking with routine inspections.
Some common signs of garage door spring failure include seeing cables that look broken. Many homeowners think the cables are broken, when really, the springs have failed. Try lifting the door manually, and if it seems exceptionally heavy, it’s likely that a spring is broken.
Another annoying sign is if your door lifts about 6 inches then stops. It’s a safety measure, but still a nuisance. Some garage doors don’t have this feature, and instead will rise very slowly when a spring is broken.
Red Flag Alert
If you’re home when a spring breaks, you’ll probably hear a loud bang in the garage. You might think someone’s trying to break in. A less obvious sign is if you notice a gap of about 2 inches between springs. It happens when a torsion spring is no longer compressed and has gone slack.
In some cases, and with some garage doors, when a spring breaks, it causes the top part of the door to bend, which means you may have to replace the door itself as well as the spring. If the “open force” has been set to max, this is more likely to happen, so discuss this with the installer and inspector.
For more information about garage door springs, contact Garage Door Man today.