You go home after a long day and pulled into your driveway.
But the moment you hit the button, the garage door doesn’t open all the way up and you can’t get in.
So you hit the button again to close your garage door and try to reopen it.
Nope. It wouldn’t budge.
What to do now?
Definitely not a fun thing to happen, especially when all you want to do is go home and get some rest after an immensely challenging day at work.
What could possibly be wrong?
When garage doors stop working, one of the number culprits is a broken garage door spring.
Why a garage door spring breaks
Garage door springs breaking is a totally common problem – something that can easily be addressed by a professional.
Here are the top reasons a garage door would stop working.
Natural wear and tear
This is the number one reason why you might need a garage door spring replacement.
Even properly installed and expensive torsion springs can suffer from this natural occurrence.
On average, torsion springs will last for at least 10,000 cycles (when the garage door opens and closes).
This means that garage door springs usually only last for a little over 13 years.
But since garage doors are often closed and opened multiple times a day, it’s highly likely that it won’t reach its actual life span.
Over time, rust forms on your garage door’s springs, causing them to easily break, making its life span to be shortened.
When there is too much rust on the coil, it causes friction and weakens this part of the door.
This can be prevented by lubricating the coil every few months, which should only be done by a professional.
It’s natural for a garage door spring and other components to deteriorate due to wear and tear.
But proper maintenance can help prolong their useful lives.
One thing you can do is to use a lubricant on the coil at least three times each year. You should also regularly check your garage door now and then.
Research shows that springs are more likely to suffer a lot during winter, so make it a point to check it frequently during the cold season.
To check the garage door balance, you need to lift it halfway up and then let it go.
You’ll know that the springs are still working fine if the door stays still.
Otherwise, if the door moves down a bit, then it means that the springs need fixing.
The length of the spring and the size of its wire should be correct to prevent your garage door spring from failing after only a few years.
Correctly installed garage doors will have one torsion spring on each side.
An experienced installer will use two springs to spread the weight load of closing and opening garage doors.
This is because a single torsion spring will just not do it.
It can even shorten the life span of the doors.
What happens when you have a broken garage door spring?
Because springs are wound very tightly, there is a lot of energy stored up in it, like in a garage door spring, for example.
It’s important that you only hire an experienced technician to check your garage door to ensure that they will be able to repair the problem.
This is because broken springs can lead your garage door to fail, causing accidents and injuries, including broken fingers and head injuries.
When one of the spring breaks, the remaining spring will be able to carry the tension for a considerable amount of time.
But if you leave it unfixed for a long time, it can cause irreparable damage.
Signs of a broken garage door spring
These are some of the symptoms that will tell you that you need a spring replacement ASAP.
- Cables are loose. When cables are loose, there’s a huge possibility that the springs aren’t working properly anymore.
- Door feels very heavy or doesn’t open all the way up. When your garage door doesn’t open properly and feels heavy, the torsion springs supporting the door could be broken.
- There’s a visible gap in the torsion spring. A compromised torsion spring can cause a lot of problems, which is why you should contact a garage door expert immediately.
Contact a repair specialist right away if you notice a problem in your garage door spring to avoid costly issues in the future.
Garage Door Repairs tips, recommendations and frequently asked questions
Why does my garage door opener light bulb keep dying?
First, check for any shaking of the garage door during operation. Usually, excessive vibration can cause the filament in your opener's bulb to prematurely expire.
One garage spring broke. I have 2, should I replace both?
Garage door springs should ALWAYS be replaced as a set. The reason is once one spring breaks, the other one is probably not far behind, especially considering how springs weaken over time. Combining a new spring with an older one will likely cause an imbalance in your garage door's operation. If you own 2 separate garage doors and only one spring has broken, it's strongly recommended to replace the springs on each door if their springs are around the same age. Depending on your door's position, when a spring breaks it can cause serious injury as well as damage your opener.
Does my garage door require maintenance?
Yes. How often you will require garage door maintenance all depends on how much the door is being used. Generally, we perform the following to ensure your garage door is working properly and tuned up: We do a visual inspection of all the moving parts. We ensure the tracks; rollers and hinges are clean and lubricated properly. We make sure all nuts and bolts are tight and clean. We manually run the operator and door through a cycle to make sure it is running quietly and smoothly. Also, We check the door balance at various opening heights. If the garage door passes all these test, congratulations, you do not need a tune-up.
Can I use the old tracks for a new garage door?
Using old garage door tracks with a new garage door is quite dangerous. Surprisingly or not, many home and business owners try to reduce costs on a new garage door installation by reusing their old garage door track with new panels. While this might reduce the cost, the new door can get damaged faster than normal and derail.
How hard is it really to replace a garage door?
Installing a garage door isn't as simple as installing a regular door. More so, installing it incorrectly can be dangerous. You should call a professional garage door technician.
How long does it take to change a garage door?
if done properly, roughly 3 to 4 hours.