Most Common Garage Door Spring Problems
One of the most crucial components of a garage door system is the springs. They assist in lifting and lowering the door, but they wear out over time. If you’re having issues with your garage door springs, you should get them diagnosed and fixed immediately. This blog post will go through the most common issues customers have with their garage door springs and how to remedy them.
Broken Torsion Spring
Depending on its size and weight, your door may have one or two torsion springs on each side. These springs are responsible for bearing the door’s weight and opening and closing your door. If you can’t keep your garage door open or won’t open, the torsion springs have likely snapped. Another symptom is when your garage door will open a few inches before coming to a halt. The most obvious sign that your torsion spring has snapped is when you see a visible gap between the coils. When this is the case, your spring is damaged and needs garage door spring replacement.
Broken Spring Cable
Extension springs have spring cables that run through them. These cables pull or extend the spring at a constant rate to counterbalance the weight of the door. If the spring cables snap or come loose somehow, nothing will be controlling the extension springs. Spring cables break due to wear and tear from constant use and humidity near the base of the door. If a pulley’s bearings are worn out, it might speed up the wear and tear. If you see that wires dangle around the door or the tension is loose, there is a problem with the cables. It is recommended that you immediately call a professional to address the problem because this will affect the operation of your garage door.
Improper Spring Tension
If the springs on your garage door are not properly tensioned, the door may open and close unevenly or at the incorrect speed, causing unnecessary wear and strain on your garage door components. If you notice that your door opens and closes too quickly or with difficulty, closes partially or in an uneven manner (leaving a gap), then it may need spring adjustments. Depending on the nature of the problem, you may need to increase or decrease the door’s spring tension. If your door is difficult to close or not fully closing, or it opens too rapidly, you need to decrease the tension. If the door is difficult to open or closes too rapidly, increase the tension. If your door isn’t closing evenly, adjust the tension on one side (where the gap is).
Springs are usually constructed of steel, so it’s just normal for the springs to make a reasonable level of noise when opening and closing your garage door. However, they can lose their flexibility and grow brittle over time as they get older. Lubricating your springs should be done every 3-6 months, or sooner if you hear a rattle or clunking sound as your door opens or closes. If your garage door springs are making a loud screeching noise that lasts more than a week, you may have broken springs. Replacing them with new, more resilient springs will help your garage door make less noise and last longer.
Garage door spring repair service from Titan Garage Doors NE
Don’t let a broken garage door spring ruin your day. Call Titan Garage Doors NE, and we’ll get your garage door back up and running in no time. We are experts in garage door spring installation and broken spring replacement. We are serving the greater Omaha area and Council Bluffs, Iowa, and we are here to help no matter what your needs are. Call us at (402) 513-0255 for free estimates.