Garage door springs probably undergo the maximum wear and tear among all parts in your garage door. These little springs, mostly unnoticed by garage door owners, hold up the weight of your garage door and ensure that they are working properly. Any damage or malfunctioning in them can lead to serious and even fatal consequences. To ensure that your garage door keeps functioning normally, it is essential that you pay attention to the maintenance of garage door springs.

Types of Garage Door Springs

There are two types of door springs – the torsion spring and the extension spring.  The torsion spring is fixed on top of the door while the extension springs holds your door from the sides. Due to constant use, these springs are subject to more damage than other parts of your garage door.

Risks Associated with Faulty Springs

  • A faulty spring may cause your garage door to come crashing down any moment
  • Apart from expense of replacement, this could result in injury to yourself or your family members
  • It could come crashing down on your car
  • It could cause your garage door to become imbalanced
  • Your door may not fully close or open during use
  • Creaky Doors: A creaky door may indicate that there is a problem with your springs. You can lubricate the springs and check if the noise has stopped. If it hasn’t, call in a technician to help you out.
  • Garage Door Doesn’t Shut Completely: This may be a fault due to the springs. Check the opener, roller and springs and call professional help if the problem is beyond you.
  • Garage Door Doesn’t Open or Shut Smoothly: You will have to check the safety cables attached to the springs to understand the problem. The most common reason for this is the springs going out of balance. Call a professional to fix such a problem.
  • The Door Keeps Shimmying from Side to Side: This may be due to an adjustment problem in your spring. Check the springs and see if they are of the same length. If not, adjust them or get them replaced, depending on the condition of the springs.
  • The Door Slips Down While Closing: This problem may be due to extra loose springs. You will have to adjust and tighten the springs to ensure your door works properly.

Symptoms Indicating Damaged Springs

All said and done, working on the springs of a garage door is extremely risky. It is advised that you immediately contact a professional if there is any problem related to springs in your garage door.

Keep these points in mind and you will be able to fix minor spring related problems of your garage door easily. However, do not try to fix any problem that seems too difficult.