It's the small things like torsion springs that get neglected in our day-to-day lives. Sure, we all depend on them every day, but who has ever given them a second thought until they start to fail. And then it becomes a major headache. Torsion springs are the ones that help your garage door stay raised and silent - if you're having a problem with your garage door, then it's most likely because of these little guys.
Here is what you should do when you see one of these signs:
This torsion spring has been getting a little bit weak over the years. As it ages, it starts to lose its flexibility and eventually fails. It's not unheard of for a torsion spring to last around seven to nine years. You can test the strength of your springs by manually lifting your garage door to waist level and then letting go. If the door stays up, you're in luck because your springs are still working just fine. But if the door starts going down, it's probably time for a replacement because that means the springs are beginning to go out on you.
Rust and corrosion are not a problem with regular and proper garage door maintenance. If an old torsion spring is neglected, rust and corrosion can take the spring down for good. When rust is present, it's time to replace the rusty torsion spring.
There are a few signs that your torsion spring has already been broken. For example, if the garage door looks crooked or off track and you can't even open it, it is hard to open. It should also be noted that cables might be dangling and the garage door does not close with a seemly bang as it should.
Replacing a broken torsion spring is not something that should be taken lightly as it can pose significant safety risks. If the springs do need to be replaced, it would be best to contact your local garage door technician to come out and assess the situation before making any repairs or replacements.
It is important to note that it's time for a torsion spring replacement if you see any of the signs mentioned above. If this sounds like something your garage door needs, contact our team at Queen City Garage Doors in the area today, and we'll provide you with a FREE estimate on parts and labor costs for repairs or replacements. We're available 24/7 so call anytime!