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Garage Door Spring Repair

Dec 12

Let's talk about the most common problems and garage door spring repair.

  • Broken Springs:

Garage door springs are designed for a certain number of opening and closing times. You will notice when they break if you're at home.

Garage doors spring up and create a loud boom, almost like fireworks. It can be dangerous to try and open or close the garage door at this stage. The spring may still be stretched, which could cause the door to slip off its rails.

If your spring breaks, do not try to open the garage door. Call now to schedule garage door repairs. You should not enter your garage until it has been fixed.

  • Cables

Cables can fail on their own due to wear and tear, or when springs give up. One side of a door might appear to "sag," if a cable is broken. It may appear that the door on this side is heavier.

You may notice that the door is slightly slanted on one side and lower on the other when it opens. If all the cables have been broken, the door might not remain in its original position after it is opened. Instead, the door will fall down as soon as it is lifted up. This poses a serious safety hazard.

  • Rollers should spin and turn:

The rollers at the doors' sides should turn and spin. The door could fall from its rails if they get stuck while sliding. It can be more difficult to open or close the door if it is stuck on rollers.

If the door has fallen off its rails, it is best to leave it in its original position. The cables and springs could also break if you attempt to close or open it. The rollers and tracks should be cleaned and changed if the door makes a loud noise. Jammed rollers can be caused by insufficient lubrication or excessive humidity.

  • Door Closures and Reopens

This problem can arise when the garage door opener has to be adjusted. Door limit settings control the open and close functions. They may need minor adjustments and resyncing as a result.

Limit settings tell the door how far it must move before it can be closed or opened fully. These settings can be turned off so that the opener's sensors will interpret the door hitting the ground as hitting something. The door will then reopen.

This can also be a problem if something is right in front of the sensors. The sensors on either side of the garage or on the interior wall will be found near the bottom of each door, approximately four to six inches above the ground. These sensors will allow the door to open if there is something in its way.

  • The Door Opener is Running, but the Door Doesn't Move:

You can check that the disconnect cord for the automatic door opener has not been pulled by opening and closing the door. You will need to reconnect the door to the lift arm to your automated opener if you are able. This is another common problem. You should make sure that the door isn't locked.