Recognizing Garage Door Issues

Why Your Garage Door Spring Is Often The First Component To Fail

by Billy Olson

Virtually all garage doors have springs in them, whether you own a manual or automatic version. It is important that you keep an eye on this spring because it will often be the first component in your garage door to break down, but how do you notice when it is about to break, and what can you do about it? Here is a brief insight into the world of garage door springs and what you can do to ensure that you have a nice, smooth entrance into your garage whenever you open it up, whether it is the first time that day or the hundredth. 

Why Garage Door Springs Break First

The simple reason is that the spring is doing almost everything in the process of your garage door opening. It bears the most weight, it gets flexed, extended, and squashed the most and it does this all with very little strain being passed on. That means it absorbs so much weight and pressure over and over and over again. If it gets corroded, chipped, bumped out of position, or anything even slightly out of the ordinary happens, then your spring will break down quite quickly due to its heavy workload. 

How To Spot The Problems Forming

The best way to ensure that you have a fully-functioning garage door is to know when it needs to be replaced before it fully breaks down and you are trapped either in or outside your garage. Examine your springs every other month and look for rust and damage to the spring. When you open your garage door, if you ever notice it behaving strangely, such as wobbling a little or stuttering on the way up, then do not ignore them. Your garage door spring needs to be replaced immediately, and you should not attempt to do it on your own.

Why You Should Never Replace A Garage Door Spring On Your Own

While they are perfectly safe while in use, garage door springs can be very dangerous to remove if you don't know what you are doing. They can contain a lot of energy that, when released, can spring out at you and severely injure your body. There are many garage door contractors out there who would be happy to replace these springs for you without much notice, so there is never an excuse to try and do it on your own. Don't risk your body to save a buck, have your garage door springs replaced properly and they will last longer anyway. 

Reach out to a garage door company to learn more about garage door springs.