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3 Signs The Springs On Your Garage Door Need Repair

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If you are not familiar with the way your garage door works, the springs on your door are primarily responsible for helping to control the weight of your door while it is opening and closing so that this process occurs at a safe and steady pace. While some garage doors will have a spring on each side of the door, others will have one central spring. The way these springs work is essentially the same regardless of whether your door has one or two springs. When these springs start to wear out, they will need to be repaired or replaced quickly to prevent some pretty serious safety hazards. That is why it is important for you to know the warning signs that the springs on your garage door need repair. 

Sign #1: The Door Will No Longer Open

If you attempt to open your garage door and it doesn't budge, the first thing you will want to do is to engage the manual override. To do this you will need to pull the manual release cord that is located near the top of your garage door. This will allow you to bypass your garage door opener and attempt to manually open the door. If the door still does not open, there is a good chance that your springs are to blame.

Sign #2: Your Door Is Crooked

If you have a garage door with a separate spring on each side of the door, it is possible for one spring to be working perfectly while the spring on the other side of the door requires repair. When this happens, you will notice that your door is crooked while it is opening. This happens because only one side of the door is properly supported by a spring. While your door may still open, you could end up damaging the remaining spring if you continue to use the door in this condition. Consequently, it is never a good idea to put off these repairs even if your door is still functioning. 

Sign #3: There Is A Pause Before Your Door Starts Opening

One of the first warning signs you are likely to see when your garage door springs start to wear out is a pause before the door starts opening when you press the button on your door remote. This pause is the result of your door opener needing to work harder to accommodate the worn springs. As the issue gets worse, this pause will become increasingly longer.

A Final Thought

The springs on your garage door are designed to operate using tension. If these springs break, the pressure these springs are under can cause them to become projectiles which have the potential to cause serious injury. That is why you should never attempt to repair your springs by yourself unless you have the experience and tools necessary to take on this task.

Contact a company that offers garage door spring repair services for more info.