Do you notice something isn’t right with your garage door? Many garage door problems originate with the springs that support them. After all, torsion and extension springs are what support a door’s weight as it moves up or down. A broken garage door spring can therefore cause a major safety problem, but here are 9 signs that indicate it’s time for professional repair.
1. The Garage Door Is Off Balance
Any changes in how your garage door opens and closes can be due to a balance issue. Symptoms include differences in speed or any difficulty operating the door. Even if the balance problem isn’t directly caused by a broken spring, excess strain can wear out and damage even new garage door springs.
2. The Garage Door Stops After 6 Inches
Torsion springs support the entire weight of the door. When they’re faulty, the door might not lift the full height of the opening, typically not more than six inches off the ground. The safety system can also trigger this; if the sensors are operating normally and nothing is obstructing them, check the springs next. Safety features may be reacting to the extra force to prevent further damage.
3. The Garage Door is Jerky
Jerky movement is a common sign of damaged garage door extension springs. If the door is jerky when you open or close it, there may be a broken spring. The overall impact on the system depends on whether it is designed to run with one or two springs.
4. The Garage Door Falls Too Fast
Operating a garage door with a broken spring, combined with the weight of the door, can prevent it from running at a controlled rate of speed. The effects range from a slightly higher closing speed to the door crashing to the ground.
5. The Door Is Too Heavy to Lift
Is your garage door like dead weight? If so, a broken extension spring may be the culprit. This will be true even if you use the red emergency release cord.
6. Gaps in Springs
Garage door torsion springs are tightly wound when intact. When they break, the springs unwind, leaving behind a noticeable gap. Don’t try to fix the problem yourself. Instead, contact a local garage door spring repair company for a professional fix.
7. The Springs Appear Rusty or Worn
A wide gap isn’t the only sign of trouble. In some cases, a failing spring may look rusty or worn out. It might also not have coiled back as tightly. Contact a repair technician if you notice a garage door spring doesn’t look right in any way.
A worn or broken spring puts an excessive amount of strain on the garage door. You may hear squealing, groaning, or popping sounds that are hard to ignore. Torsion springs often break with a bang, after which you’re unable to open the door.
9. Cables or Pulleys Are Hanging
It may appear that a garage door cable is loose when the spring that supports it has failed. The cable may be out of place or hang from its normal location. In addition, a pulley can be forced from its regular position.
Call Garage Door Doctor
We provide affordable garage door spring repair and garage door service for residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Indianapolis. A family owned and operated company, we service all types of garage doors and can fix any problem. To request service, contact us online or call (317) 516-0036.