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The Dangers of a Broken Garage Door Spring

Posted on: January 08, 2022

The Dangers of a Broken Garage Door Spring

Your garage door has many components that all work together to ensure that it is operating smoothly and safely. Your door is vital to the safety and security of your home as well as how you access your home conveniently. While it is a pain when your door is not working properly, it can also be an issue of safety. If your door is not opening and closing properly, it is best to stay away until the issue can be resolved by a professional and knowledgeable trained technician. Your garage door’s springs have an important role and when they are not working correctly can be a cause for concern.

The Ins and Outs of Your Garage Door’s Springs

What exactly do your garage door’s springs even do? While every piece of your door is important, the role of your springs is even more vital. The springs are responsible for all of the hard work of opening and closing your door. There are two types of garage door springs: extension and torsion. The extension spring systems are found on either side of your door’s track. They work along with your door’s cables to move your door while it is in motion.

Torsion springs are tightly wound and are behind the acts of raising and lowering your door. The springs gain tension as they are lowered, so typically if a spring is to break, it is when your door is closed. This happens as this is when the most tension is being applied to your door’s springs. Your Torsion springs are eased when the door is opened. 

Why You Should Keep an Eye on Your Springs

Due to the fact that some of your door’s springs are under tension that is why they can be dangerous. If your garage door is open when a spring failure happens, your door will no longer have the tension to hold it up and it can come crashing down and cause injury or damage to your property or the door itself. Garage doors are heavy and cumbersome and can weigh up to 200 pounds or even more, depending on the material or options. If you have windows as part of your garage door, a sudden movement or jerking of your garage door can cause your windows to break and throw shards of glass everywhere. 

Working on your own garage door is also a concern. Even if you consider yourself to be a do-it-yourselfer, you can underestimate the danger of working on your garage door to you, your family and your property. We highly encourage our community members to seek out the assistance of a trained professional who understands the dangers of working with garage doors and particularly, garage door springs.

Reach Out to a Professional For Assistance

Our team at Affordable Garage Door can help you today and get your door working again as soon as possible. Contact us through our online form.

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