The Springs are responsible is the garage door part responsible for counterbalancing the weight of the gate, to make it easy to raise and lower your garage door. The springs on a garage door store enormous amounts of energy that they release to lift the door. When the door is on the way down energy is returned to the spring, and when the door is fully closed the spring is fully ‘charged’ once again.
4 Signs it’s Time to Replace Your Garage Springs
The Springs Are Getting Weak: Garage door springs get stretched and re-stretched thousands of times during their life. There is a way you can test your springs if you suspect they may be losing elasticity.
- Close the garage door and pull the emergency release. This will disconnect the opener from the door and allow you to open it manually.
- Lift the door manually to about waist height, bring it to a stop and let go of it. If it stays in place your spring or springs are fine. If it starts to drift downward as soon as you release it then your springs are no longer holding a charge and are heading for failure.
Obvious Rust And Corrosion: If you take a few minutes to inspect your garage door springs and find corrosion or rust chances are good that spring failure is in your future.
Popping, Creaking, Screeching And Other Nasty Noises: When garage door springs begin moaning and complaining during the performance of their job it means a breakdown is on the horizon.
Your Door Opens Unevenly: If your door has two extension springs and one side is opening faster than the other it probably means one spring has already failed and the other is likely to follow suit in relatively short order.
The moment you notice anything suspicious in the way your door is opening, it is highly advisable not to even attempt to repair it yourself. Doing so will put you in Danger. Why risk someone getting hurt??
Call an experienced, professional like Brigg’s Overhead Door for assistance today!