Broken Garage Door Springs

Garage Door Spring Types

The garage door springs are an essential part for your garage door to function.
The springs bear the weight of the door and are under an extreme amount of tension.
Without the springs your garage door would be too heavy to open and dangerous to close.
Your garage door will come with either one of two types of springs, extension springs or torsion springs.
Extensions springs come equipped with safety cables inside the spring,
if your springs don’t have the safety cables running through them call a professional immediately.
Torsions springs run along the top of your garage door and the cables are running down each side of your door.

As your garage door opens the extensions springs slowly releases tension opening faster causing a jerky movement.
For a more steady movement while opening and closing the door torsion springs are better.
Springs are rated in cycles (opening and closing) of your garage door.
Extension springs are rated for 10,000 cycles and typically last around 7 years.
Torsion springs are more durable and last longer rated for 20,000 cycles and last around 10 years

A Word of Caution

Broken garage door springs can be dangerous – even more so when they’re broken -never forget that! That is why you should NEVER even think about touching them no matter how “handy” you may be around the house.

My Garage Door Spring Broke, Now What?

The first and most important thing you should do (or more accurately not do) upon finding out that your broken garage door springs have gone is NOT TO PANIC. Yes, it’s frustrating dealing with broken springs, but suffice it to say panicking will just make it even more stressful.

Don’t Try To Force The Door Open Or Close – Remember what we said about it weighing up-to 500 pounds and just leave it be.

Don’t Disengage The Opener – The opener’s arm may be the only thing stopping the door from slamming down (if open) frightening fast.

Don’t Attempt This Repair Yourself – No matter how many DIY articles and You Tube videos telling otherwise, this project is extremely risky.

Do Call Work – Unless you want to risky an angry boss, you should immediately call your place of employment to tell you’ll be a bit late considering the circumstances.

Don’t Try To Force The Door Open Or Close – Remember what we said about it weighing up-to 500 pounds and just leave it be.

Do Call Liberty Garage Door Repair – We have experienced technicians that can arrive to your home or business, diagnose the problem, and replace your door’s springs all in the fastest manner possible 24-hours a day/7-days a week.

Do Grab a cup of coffee and relax – Read the paper, leaf through a magazine, or visit your favorite social media channels and relax; Liberty Garage Door Repair is on the way…

Identifying the Problem:

The most common time for a  broken garage door spring to snap is in the closed position when attempting to open the door.
As this is the most strenuous movement for the spring, it’s likely to break and get jammed in the closed position,
leaving your car either stuck in the garage or locked out. Furthermore, if your garage door is attached
to your home and you live in a climate with cold winters like Milwaukee, the inability to enter your car from indoors will be a cold experience for you and may make it difficult for your car to start.
Be sure to identify the problem correctly. There are many reasons why a garage door can get
stuck besides for broken springs, including obstructions on the door’s track and misaligned electric eyes.
Additionally, unrelated issues such as electrical malfunctions can cause garage doors to stop working and may require the expertise of an electrician as opposed to a garage door technician.

Can I Replace the Springs Myself?

Because of the strength of the garage door spring, it is a dangerous mechanism that can cause severe injuries
if not handled correctly. Additionally, replacing a spring is a complex project, and therefore it’s highly recommended that you hire a professional garage door installation expert instead of trying to replace the springs yourself.