Your garage door’s springs are a critical component to your garage door, as these springs are responsible for raising and lowering your garage door at a steady speed. However, these springs are also one of the most common components to fail on a garage door, as regular wear-and-tear can put stress on the springs as they age. This makes it important that you are aware of the signs which can indicate that your garage door springs have failed so that you can have them replaced before you encounter issues with your garage door that render it unusable. Here are just a few of these signs that you can be on the lookout for.
Your Garage Door Won’t Open All the Way
One of the clearest signs that there is likely something wrong with your garage door’s springs is if your garage door will not open all the way. Since your door’s springs take on a vast majority of your garage door’s weight, if your springs are broken your garage door opener may not be able to handle the weight of your garage door, and your door may only open partway before going back down. In fact, many modern garage door openers have a safety feature built in that will cause the garage door to go back down if it notices that the weight is off when trying to open the garage door.
Your Door Closes Too Fast
If your garage door opener does not have this safety built in, it still may be able to open your garage door all of the way, and it will appear as if your garage is functioning fairly normally at first even if your springs are broken. However, the excess weight of the garage door may prevent your opener from controlling the speed at which your garage door closes. Thusly, you should assume that something is wrong with one or more of your springs if your garage door closes much more forcefully than normal.
You Hear a Loud Bang in Your Garage
Garage door springs can break suddenly even when your door isn’t being operated, and if you are home it is likely that you will hear them let loose. A lot of tension is built up in your garage door’s springs, and if they break suddenly, they will make a loud banging/snapping noise. Any unexplained loud noises coming from your garage likely indicate a failed garage door spring.
These are just a few of the signs which can indicate that your garage door springs may need to be repaired or replaced. Contact us to learn more about how you will know if your garage door needs repairs.