Broken Garage Door Spring Repair Services
All garage doors are heavy and they need some sort of spring system to support them. When the garage door opens up the springs help to lighten the weight of the door. When the garage door closes the springs make sure that it doesn't strike hard against the ground because this can damage the garage door or it can also cause injury. In order to release the tension on the springs you have to open the door fully and clamp it into position with a pair of vice grips in the tracks so that it cannot open. In the open position you can adjust the springs only if you have the extension spring type of system. Be very careful and consult your automatic manual or a specialist in Huntington Beach like us.
Usually overhead springs have a life expectancy of 10,000 cycles unless you ordered the garage door with extended life cycle springs. One cycle counts as one up and down operation. Extension and torsion springs are made up of hardened steel which comes in plain, cold-rolled, painted, oil, soaked or galvanized. When the garage door is in the closed position, the springs are under lots of extreme tension and can be dangerous and cause injury. As time goes on garage door springs tend to fatigue and over stretch and eventually break. After awhile you can actually hear the sound if the spring breaks.
You will find that there is more wear and tear on springs if you have a garage door through which you not only drive your car but you also have kids taking in bicycles and other members of the household preferring to enter the house through the garage. Standard lift torsion springs keep winding up when the garage door closes and the fully closed position is the most stressful on the steel spring material. This is what can eventually cause breakage. So as a rule you should never be standing or walking under a garage door as it is functioning as this can cause severe injury.
Both kinds of springs have tension which should be evenly adjusted so that the overhead will properly move on its tracks. To test the garage door when raising it stop the door just above the garage floor and make sure that the top and bottom edges are perfectly horizontal. If the springs are working properly you should be able to raise and stop the garage door at any height and it should stay at this level. Note that springs come in many different sizes and to understand which one you need remember that it all depends on the height and weight. Springs usually get installed either above the frame of the door or on the rear end of the door track. They all serve the same purpose open and close the garage door and preventing it from getting damaged. If your spring needs adjusting or becomes broken you have a choice of finding out how to fix the problem on your own or look for professionals.