If you are like most people, you probably have not put much thought into garage door maintenance. It is one of those home systems that is just expected to work. So, if you came across this article searching for signs you need garage door spring repair, then you are likely experiencing an issue – and you are not alone.
Garage doors are the hardest working system in your home. So, if you are opening and closing your garage door 4 to 5 times every day, without regular maintenance, it is reasonable to expect problems or even a sudden failure within 5 to 10 years. All that heavy lifting places a lot of wear and tear on parts. Moreover, a breaking spring is extremely dangerous.
First and foremost, if you are having issues with your garage door spring, do not attempt to replace it yourself. If done incorrectly, serious injury could occur. Below is a list to help you identify when to contact a professional for garage door spring repair or replacement.
- It Is Making Unusual Noises – If your garage door is grinding or making any unusual sounds when opening or closing, the spring needs to be inspected. A professional technician can diagnose the problem and provide recommendations. Typically, noises are a sign that the spring is becoming worn.
- The Garage Is 10 Years Old – Like all mechanical parts, a garage spring has a finite lifespan. As you approach 10,000 cycles up and down, with average use, then it will last up to 10 years. The more the garage door is used, the shorter the lifespan.
- Slow Movement – If your garage door includes a motor and it is no longer moving at normal speed, it may be the motor, but it is also possible that a worn or broken spring is making it difficult to lift. Repairing the issue quickly may save you from a burned-out motor.
- Track Slipping – Track slipping is another signal that a garage spring has reached the end of its life. You can test your springs strings by opening your garage door halfway. After letting go, the garage door should stay. If it slides, this is a sign of a weakened spring.
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