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What to Do If Your Garage Door Spring Is Broken

Posted by Steve Bouchard on May 15, 2019 2:00:00 PM


Your garage door system relies on a number of moving parts to operate correctly. If any one of those key pieces is broken, it's likely that your door won't open or close. This is especially true if your garage door spring breaks. Torsion springs are incredibly dangerous and need to be treated with caution. Here’s what you should do if your garage door spring is broken. 


How to Tell If Your Garage Door Spring Is Broken

Given the number of times you operate your garage door on any given day, you’re likely to notice if something seems to be wrong as it opens or closes. Because of the vital role springs play in operating the garage door, the difference will be especially noticeable. If you’re unsure whether your garage spring is broken, look for these signs:

  • You heard a loud bang or pop in the garage.
  • There is a gap in one or both of your torsion springs.
  • The top of your garage door is bent.
  • The garage door falls rapidly during its cycle.
  • You aren’t able to open the door using your automatic opener.
  • One side of the garage door is higher than the other.
  • The garage door won’t close all the way.
  • The garage door suddenly comes crashing down.


What to Do If Your Garage Door Spring Is Broken

If you think that your garage door spring is broken, the best thing to do is call a professional. Torsion springs are incredibly dangerous and can seriously injure you or your property if you attempt to fix the door. It isn't safe to try and lift the door on your own because, without the help of the springs, the door is far too heavy. As soon as you know your spring is broken, call your local garage door professional. An emergency technician will be able to address your problem and fix your garage door system quickly and safely. You'll be glad you attempt the repair on your own!


How to Prevent Your Garage Door Spring from Breaking

Springs have a lifespan of around 10,000 cycles. Depending on how often you open and close your garage door, the springs should last between six and ten years. Fortunately, there are ways to extend the life of your springs and avoid a premature break. Here’s how you can help prevent your garage door spring from breaking in the near future:

  • Select high-cycle torsion springs when you replace them.
  • Limit the number of times you open and close your garage door throughout the day.
  • Schedule regular garage door maintenance throughout the year.
  • Use a non-silicone-based product to lubricate your springs.
  • Have your garage door professionally inspected once a year.
  • If your door has two springs, replace them at the same time, even if only one of them is broken.


If your garage door needs to be repaired, contact the experts at WD Door. Our team of garage door professionals can address any problem your garage door presents, whether it’s with the spring or any other part of the system. Schedule your appointment to get started or, for emergency services, call (515)963-0989. 


Topics: homeowner information, garage door repair

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