The springs are small but critical parts of the opening mechanism of your garage door. They use the weight of the door and use tension based force to help you or your opener move it. Without these components, the door would be a lot more difficult, or even impossible to open. Unfortunately, because of the wear and tear they go through they won't last forever. Over time the metal will weaken, and your springs will eventually break. Replacing them at the right time can save you a lot of hassle, and ensure you're not stuck with a garage door that doesn't open.
Two Different Types
Torsion springs are the newer of the two types. They work by twisting and unwinding to generate torque that is utilized to help the panels rise. Because of their increased size, units of this type are more flexible and durable, and are considered safer. Extension springs work by stretching as the door lowers and contracting when it rises, which assists in moving the panels. They are interlaced with safety cables to secure them in place in the event that they break.
When Adjustment Is Due
There are two easy methods of testing to see if you need to replace the spring. The first method is to disengage the automatic opener and manually lift the door halfway open. If the spring is okay, the door will be able to stay partly open without much effort. However, if it seems to sag or keep rising, adjusting the unit will be required.
The Dangers of DIY
Garage door springs are influenced by powerful dynamic forces and replacing or adjusting them is not a do-it-yourself kind of job. If you lack the experience and the skills necessary to complete this task safely, or if you don't have the proper tools, you could get seriously injured by trying to do this on your own. This is why it’s so important to call our professional technicians when you suspect there's any type of problem with your springs. We'll make sure they are completely functional and that using your door is safe.
Call Us Today
If you need any spring related services, our experienced technicians at Garage Door Repair Miami can help you. Don't hesitate to reach out to us if you're dealing with some type of problem.