Having experienced the aggravation of a garage door refusing to open, you may be aware that a broken spring is often the cause. One common culprit? A broken spring. The springs in your garage door play an essential role in its operation by balancing the weight and allowing smooth movement.According to DASMA (Door & Access Systems Manufacturers Association), most residential doors use torsion springs which have a lifespan of about 10,000 cycles or approximately seven years if used four times daily. But wear and tear can reduce this expectancy significantly.
A visual inspection can help spot signs of damage early on. Broken coils or gaps are dead giveaways that something's amiss with your spring system. More subtle hints might include irregular movements when operating the door or even unusually loud noises during operation.You should also pay attention to whether one side lifts higher than the other – an imbalance is often indicative of spring failure on one side.
The Risks Of DIY Fixes
While many home repairs lend themselves well to enthusiastic DIY-ers, fixing broken garage door springs isn't one such task for safety reasons. Garage doors are heavy - typically weighing between 150-250 pounds - so any malfunction involving their support mechanism poses significant risk if not handled properly.
This is where we at Clint Garage Door Repair in Palo Alto step in. Our experienced team knows the ins and outs of garage door mechanics, including broken spring repair.We've got you covered whether your system uses extension springs or torsion springs – each requires a different approach for safe and effective repairs. And to put your mind further at ease, our technicians are equipped with specialized tools designed specifically for this task.