Whether you have a residential or commercial garage door, springs are a crucial piece to the door’s functional operation. For the garage door to move properly, springs and cables work together to balance out the extreme weight. Over the years, garage doors are in constant use, which adds prolonged tension to garage door parts. If your garage door is having issues with opening or closing, isn’t balanced correctly, or is slamming shut, there may be a problem with your garage door springs. 

When it comes to garage door repair, issues generally revolve around the springs or the garage door opener. If your garage door won’t move, we recommend resetting your system and ensuring you’re not experiencing any type of electrical issue. If the problem isn’t your garage door opener, it’s likely that you need garage door spring repair. Here are a few more signs that you have a broken garage door spring:

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1. Garage Door Moves Partially Or Slowly

Most garage doors are equipped with automatic openers, which take on additional strain when springs are damaged or broken. If you continue to use your garage door, it can quickly burn out the opener. Typically, a garage door opener will start to slowly move the door, gaining speed as the door opens higher. If a spring is broken, the opener will stay at a slow speed and may not be able to open the door more than a few inches. This helps prevent damage to the garage door or opener. If you notice your garage door opening slowly, call for a maintenance check. 

2. Garage Door Springs Are Elongated

There are two main types of garage door springs: torsion and extension. Typically, they will be installed in sets of two. If you notice abnormal function of your garage door, you can inspect your springs to look for any breaks or elongation between the coils. A 3-4 inch gap between the spring coils is a good indication that the spring is broken.

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3. Garage Door Moves at an Angle 

If you have a broken garage door spring, the door will become unbalanced. Sometimes, this may cause the garage door to come up at an angle or get stuck in the tracks. If your garage has two springs and one is broken, it will cause the one spring to take on all the weight. When this happens, the garage door will have jerky movements. 

The garage door springs stretch over time, so it’s important to check your garage door’s balance periodically. During a garage door tune up, a door balance test will be performed, which ensures the garage door springs are functioning properly. 

4. Fallen or Loose Garage Door Cables

Garage door cables work together with springs to carry the weight of the garage door. When a spring breaks, it may cause cables to become loose or fall off their drums. You should keep an eye on your garage door parts to check for any abnormalities. 

5. Loud Bang in Your Garage

It’s also possible that you may hear a spring break, which will make a loud bang. This happens because the spring unwinds quickly and the coils begin rapidly spinning on the shaft. This can occur even when the garage door isn’t moving. If you hear a loud bang from your garage, cautiously examine the garage door springs for a break and call for service immediately if you notice an issue. 

We Offer Garage Door Spring Repair

It’s important that you leave garage door spring repair to the professionals. Attempting to replace garage door springs yourself is very dangerous, given the tension that exists in spring coils. You could end up severely injured and compromise your garage door system’s functionality. If you notice any of the above signs, contact Army of Davids Garage Doors immediately! Our friendly service professionals will handle your garage door spring repair with efficiency and excellence. We serve Holly Ridge, Hampstead, Jacksonville, and the surrounding areas with same day service.