Updating Your Garage

3 Signs You May Have A Broken Garage Door Spring

Garage doors make use of springs to help lift and control the weight of the door. If these springs break, they will need to be repaired quickly in order to prevent any serious safety hazards. That is why it is so important for you to know the warning signs that either your springs have broken or are worn out. Continue reading to learn more about three of these warning signs.

#1: You Cannot Manually Lift The Door

If you use an automatic garage door opener, you will need to disengage the opener before attempting to manually open your garage door. This can be done by pulling the manual release cord that is located near the top of your door. Once you have pulled this release, attempt to open the door on your own. If you are unable to manually lift the door, this is a strong indication that you are in need of a garage door spring repair.

#2: Your Door Takes Longer To Start Opening

When you push the button on your remote to open your garage door, you should see the door begin to move immediately. When your garage door springs are in need of repair, your door opener will struggle to lift the heavy weight of your door. This can often lead to a delay between when you press the remote and when the door actually starts moving. You may also notice that your door continues moving more slowly even once it has begun to open. If only one of your springs is broken, you may also notice that this issue only affects the one side of your door that is damaged. This can cause the door to appear lopsided while it is opening. 

#3: Your Door Closes With Significant Force

Just as your springs play an important part in opening your garage door, they also play an important role in closing your garage door. When your door is closing, your garage door springs help to control the weight of the door so that it does not crash to the ground or come off the track. If your springs are in need of repair, you will notice that your door closes with significantly more force. This is most noticeable when closing your door manually, however, you will also be able to see and hear the difference when using an automatic door opener. Consequently, it is important for you to take the time to observe your garage door when it closes rather than simply pressing the button on your remote and quickly driving away.  

For more information about garage door repair, contact a local company.