If your overhead garage doors are squeaking or not opening and closing as smoothly as they once did, chances are you may be dealing with a broken spring. If you think you may need spring repairs for your overhead doors in Rancho Cordova, CA, here are a few signs to watch out for:
- A crooked garage door: If your door appears to be crooked when going up and down, chances are good that one of your extension springs is broken. Garage doors that use extension springs have one spring on each side, so if one breaks, that side won’t be pulling up properly.
- Garage door goes up very slowly: Some automatic garage door openers have motors that start off slowly and then shift into a higher speed as they pull the garage door up. If your garage door is going up very slowly, this could mean you have a broken spring. The garage door motor needs to remain at the slower speed due to having to lift the heavy weight of the garage door without the added assistance of the springs.
- Garage door jerks as it is going up and down: Some garage door openers can pull up the garage door on a two-spring system even with only one good spring, but the result is a jerking motion. If you notice that your garage door is jerking while going up and down, you most likely have a broken extension spring.
- Garage door appears to fall when closing: If your garage door appears to be falling, you may have a broken spring. Just as you may see a jerking garage door when it’s going up if only one spring is broken, you may see a “falling” garage door when it’s going down for the same reason. An automatic opener cannot carry the weight of the garage door properly if only one spring is working.
- A very loud bang coming from the garage: Some of our clients report hearing a sound like a gunshot coming from the garage before they noticed their garage door was no longer working. When we hear this, we know immediately that the problem is a broken spring. When a spring breaks, a large amount of tension is displaced resulting, in a very loud bang.
- The top portion of your garage door is bent: Some types of overhead garage doors, especially older doors, have an electric garage door opener that has an option to change the opening force on the system. If the force has been turned up all the way, the opener can actually end up bending the top of the door when there’s a broken spring.
A broken spring can not only cause serious damage to your overhead garage door, but it can also be very dangerous. At Action Door Service, we specialize in the repair of overhead doors in Rancho Cordova, CA. If your garage door shows signs of a broken spring, be sure to call in the professionals for assistance right away.