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Spring Repair

The garage door spring: it seems like a relatively small, insignificant part of your garage door. Unfortunately, that little spring is all too important. With a broken spring, your garage door may slow down substantially or even stop working entirely, leaving you unable to access this important part of your home.

Call us at (561) 777-6812 to schedule a free estimate to replace your garage door spring; we offer 24/7 emergency service.

 

How Can You Tell You Need a New Garage Door Spring?

Do you suspect that your garage door spring is damaged? Are you starting to worry about the need for repair or replacement services? Keep an eye out for these key signs that it may be time to call in the professionals to repair your spring.

Sign #1: You heard a single loud noise in the garage, usually a bang.

Garage door springs are under a great deal of tension. If you hear a loud, banging sound inside the garage, it may be a sign that you need to check on the garage door springs sooner, rather than later. If you hear a loud banging noise while raising or lowering your garage door and the door ceases to operate properly, check on the springs rather than trying to force the garage door up or down.

Sign #2: Your garage door will open only six inches before ceasing to operate.

When you try to raise your garage door, it will only open about six inches before it will no longer move. It appears "stuck." It may get stuck entirely in this position, or it may lower to the ground, but not open the remaining six inches in spite of exterior pressure. If your garage door will open partway, it may have triggered a safety mechanism within the garage door that will stop it from putting increased pressure on the spring, which could cause injury.

Sign #3: The door cables are no longer properly connected.

When a spring breaks under tension, the garage door cables often present the most obvious sign to the homeowner: they may seem to have "broken," leaving them scattered in unfamiliar positions rather than hanging neatly as you're used to. In many cases when the cables are disconnected, there is nothing wrong with the cables. Rather, the spring has broken, making the cables useless until they have a solid spring to connect to.

Sign #4: You can't lift the garage door even with the emergency rope.

Your garage door seemed to stick after opening just a few inches, so you pulled the emergency rope to disconnect it from the system and open it manually instead. If the garage door is still stuck, it's likely the spring is to blame.

Sign #5: The garage door moves jerkily or raises crooked, rather than smoothly.

Your garage door should raise and lower in a smooth, seamless motion. You shouldn't notice that it is uneven in any way or that there are distinct starts and stops in the opening process. If you notice your garage door start to open abnormally, it's a good idea to have it looked at by a professional, because it could be a sign that the spring has broken.

Sign #6: The garage door drops fast when you close it.

Rather than lowering slowly and safely, it has a fast drop at the bottom that leaves you a little nervous about anything caught beneath it. Garage doors are very heavy. When it's functioning properly, the spring bears a great deal of that weight. When your garage door spring suffers damage, on the other hand, the rest of the assembly has to bear that weight, and it may not be able to create the smooth motion you're used to.

The Importance of Using a Professional

When the time comes to repair many areas of your home, you may choose to go the DIY route--and in many cases, you can figure out repairs yourself. When it comes to garage door repair, however, it's critical that you use a professional, especially when it comes to replacing springs. Your garage door springs hold a great deal of pressure, and need to be installed and adjusted with professional tools. Without professional care and tools, serious injury may result--and that's the last thing you want from your garage door repair efforts.

We're the Spring Repair Experts

When we find a broken garage door spring, the first thing we do is safely remove the tension from the existing spring and remove the spring from your garage. This is, by far, the most dangerous part of the process, and the one where most injuries occur when homeowners attempt to do it themselves.

We are extensively trained to handle high-tension springs; below is a brief summary of our spring replacement procedure.

  • Check the integrity of the door and the rail. If any damage has occurred, we will notify you about that damage and make plans to repair it before replacing the spring. This will prevent future damage to the new spring and allow you to decide what type of repairs you really need for your garage door.
  • Install the new spring, making sure that it is securely attached.
  • Test the new spring. We test the spring at multiple stages, including when the door is open, closed, and halfway open, to ensure that there is no unnecessary pressure on the spring and that it can move freely.
  • If needed, we will follow up in a month or two to check on the new spring and make any needed adjustments. We don't always have to come out a second time, but we do stand behind the quality of our work and want to ensure that the garage door is working properly.

Is your garage door showing signs of wear and tear? Has your door gotten stuck by a faulty spring? Whatever repairs are needed to your garage door, we can help. Call (561) 777-6812 to learn more about our services and our professional team.