A deteriorating or broken garage door spring can pose a serious safety threat. In order to determine whether your garage door needs professional attention, you will need to be on the lookout for a failing garage door spring. With help from a company that offers top quality garage door services, you will be able to ensure that your garage door spring is in safe working condition. Let us look at the top indications of a bad garage door spring.
Garage door cables appear broken
If the cables on your garage door fly everywhere, disconnect from the door or fall to the ground, then this could be a sign of a bad spring. It is uncommon for cables to break or require a replacement when a garage door spring breaks.
If your garage door has two torsion springs, one will keep the cables tight and fixed on the drums. You will have to look up the springs to determine if one is broken. The only way to do this, is to lift your garage door manually.
You hear a loud bang from the garage
When a spring breaks on a garage door, it displaces a great amount of energy. When torsion springs break, the spring unwinds and gives out a loud noise as a result of the coils spinning on the shaft. This can startle you quite a bit.
Most homeowners usually claim that before discovering a broken spring, they heard a loud noise coming from the garage. Extension springs are more obvious because the cable and spring is usually laying on the floor or hanging down.
The top section of your garage door is twisted
Depending on the configuration and type of garage door that you have, your garage door opener might curve in the top section when it tries to open your door with a broken spring. This is especially common when the ‘open force’ has turned up all the way on the circuit board.
Close and open forces on garage door openers are there to prevent such scenarios. It might turn out to be costly if you decide to replace your top section. Sometimes, a simple bar replacement will be sufficient and bend the section straight enough to make it appealing to everyone.
Garage door goes up a bit and then stops
You might not know that you have a bad garage door spring until you try to leave your home. You try to open the garage door but the door only goes up six inches and then stops. This is because usually, the garage door opener force has activated causing the opener to stop pulling up.
Another instance is when the garage door goes up very slowly when you are using the automatic opener. If you have a broken spring, the opener may stay in the lower speed because of the heavy weight of the garage door.
If this happens, close your garage door and pull the emergency release rope. Next try to lift the door. If it is really heavy, then you most probably have a broken garage door spring.