7 Symptoms of Worn Out Garage Door Springs

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7 Symptoms of Worn Out Garage Door Springs

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When you think about it, garage doors are an essential component of your home. They open and close at least once a day, and many of us use them as the front entrances to our home.

However, this constant use can begin to wear out your garage door springs. Typically, springs are the first things to deteriorate, followed by other, larger components that tend to be more durable. Knowing how to spot worn out springs can avoid the inconvenience of a completely unusable garage door and the possibility of someone or something getting hurt.

Why You Should Keep An Eye On Your Garage Door Springs

These springs control the lowering and raising of the garage door itself. They handle and support the pressure and weight of the whole system. Springs that are defective or worn out may snap under the pressure, sending your garage door flying down, full force, into whatever is in its path.

This can be extremely dangerous if your or any of your family members are in the vicinity, or if you have valuable objects sitting close to the garage door.

To learn how to recognize the signs of wear on your garage door springs, follow along!

1. Your Garage Door Becomes Heavy

Typically, garage doors do not feel heavy. If you suddenly feel like you cannot lift your garage door, or it is heavier than usual, get the torsion springs checked.

Torsion springs support the weight of the door, so when they are functioning properly, you should be able to recognize that something else is doing the lifting for you. If the door becomes dead weight, your torsion springs have worn out. You can also notice this if your garage door goes down quickly when you close it.

2. Loose Garage Door Cables

If you’ve ever noticed that your garage door cables are loose or slack, don’t blame the cables. More often than not, this is due to a torsion spring issue. The force caused by a tightly wound spring that is functioning properly keeps the springs taught. When these torsion springs break and uncoil, the cables slip out of place.

This is an easy way to check whether your garage door springs are broken. Keeping an eye on cables can tell you a lot about what’s going on in the underlying structure of your door.

3. The Door Doesn’t Open All The Way

A tell-tale sign of worn out springs is a door that doesn’t fully open. If your door is only opening about six inches, your springs have likely passed the worn out stage and are now broken.

There is nothing left to support the weight of the door, so you may experience that it doesn’t open at all. However, before you call a repair company, make sure you check that the safety system was not triggered since this can also stop the functioning of the door.

4. Gaps in Torsion Springs

It’s important to become familiar with what torsion springs look like and where they’re located on your garage door system. Once you’ve studied the anatomy of your door, you’ll be better equipped to understand these tips and apply them daily.

The torsion system is made up of two tightly wound springs located right over your garage door. When these springs break, they unwind, leaving a noticeable gap. If you notice this, contact a garage door repair expert immediately.

5. The Door is Crooked

This is another tell-tale sign of spring wear. If your garage door is crooked in any way, your extension springs need to be checked. Extension springs are the second type of spring that makes up your garage door system. They are located on either side of the door and each pulls the door independently.

If one of these springs is broken, that specific side of the door will not be pulled properly, causing it to not close properly and look crooked. If this problem persists, the door may get stuck on its tracks.

6. You Hear a Loud Noise Coming From Your Garage

The torsion springs mounted above your garage door are very large, thick springs. If you’re home when one of these breaks, you’ll likely hear the pop from within your home. If you check for the source of the sound and you cannot find anything on the ground, look up! Your torsion springs may be to blame.

The spring unwinds in one second after it breaks. The sound is loud and startling, many homeowners agree. It may even sound like someone is trying to break into your home. If you find no one, drop the bat, take a deep breath, and call a repair technician in the morning.

7. The Door Has Become Jerky Over Time

Garage doors are designed to move fluidly and smoothly. If your garage door seems to be moving erratically or is jerky, give a repair technician a call. This jerky motion is likely due to a broken spring on one side of the door. The remaining functioning spring must compensate for the lack of help.

This is especially common if your garage door has extension springs. Make sure you’re able to identify where these are located so you can let the technician know.

Wrapping Up

Worn out or broken garage door springs can be incredibly dangerous, not only to your property but to your family. If you want to avoid any disasters involving your garage door, which you should, make sure you’re able to spot these signs and don’t attempt to fix your door yourself!

If you’re experiencing any worries regarding your garage door, do not hesitate to give us a call. We are trained and equipped to replace any faulty springs and consult you on your door’s quality of operation. Don’t wait until it’s too late!

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