Things To Know Before Repairing Your Faulty Garage Door Springs

Do-it-yourself projects have become so common amongst homeowners, and while there is nothing wrong with trying a few projects on your own, it's essential to know when to seek professional assistance. For instance, trying to fix faulty or broken garage door springs alone is a bad idea. You lack the proper training and tools for the job and will be risking your safety.

When it comes to garage door springs repair, you should always rely on qualified contractors to avoid property damage and injuries. Besides, working with these professionals will give you peace of mind, and the work will be guaranteed.

Why Is It Dangerous to Try to Repair or Replace Springs? 

Since replacement springs are available in stores and there are countless how-to videos online, it's easy to think you can fix your garage door's springs. But, this is a dangerous task that a professional should handle because they have the right equipment and experience to manage this risky task. 

The torsion springs installed above the door counteract the door's weight, so when the door goes up, the spring will unwind and then wind up once the door goes down. This puts the springs under constant tension, and a sudden release of this tension can pose great danger, including head injuries, lacerations, and broken fingers or wrists. This is the reason you shouldn't try to work on faulty springs.

Why Do Garage Door Springs Break?

In most cases, garage door springs break because of wear and tear. Over time, opening and closing the door will take a toll on the springs, so they'll fail when they can't handle the constant tension. Also, if your garage is always humid, the springs may rust, reducing their lifespan. This is especially true if you aren't using corrosion-resistant galvanized springs.

How Do You Know the Springs Are Broken?

A quick inspection can confirm if your spring is broken or still functional. Also, if you notice signs like difficulties when opening or closing the door or the door appears crooked, you should know that it's time to replace the springs.

Once you realize that your spring is degraded, broken, or its life cycles are almost complete, you should call a qualified technician to fix the problem on your behalf. Trying to replace the extension or torsion spring on your own will only increase safety risks due to the spring system's tension. Besides, you will have peace of mind if the repairs are handled by a professional.