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April 18, 2019

Your garage door gets a lot of wear and tear over time. It is an important entry to your home and it probably opened and lowered multiple times a day. Parts are inevitably going to break and the first to go is often your springs. The springs offset the weight of the heavy garage door and allows the door to operate easily by hand or by a garage door opener. However, if they are old and break, they can go flying at full-force damaging anything in their path. This is an incident you want to avoid at all costs.

 

How to know if your springs are beginning to fail?

You will start to notice any of the following symptoms, depending on what types of spring you have on your door:

 

-Your garage door will take more force to lift or you won’t be able to lift it at all (if spring breaks)

 

-The garage door opener will make sounds of strain when lifting the door

 

-The door will not stay in place when lifted. The door should stay in the up position with very little movement and without you needing to hold it up.

 

-If you notice gaps in the coils

 

- Left and right sides of your garage door  are not aligned

 

-Visual signs of wear and tear on the springs, including the clips and loops

 

What to do?

Replacing garage door springs is one home improvement tasks that most people agree to leave to the pros. Although the task is pretty simple, they involve many steps that must be done in the proper order. It is also detrimental to use the proper size replacement spring.

 

If you decide to do it by yourself please be aware the working with big, heavy springs and heavy garage doors can be very dangerous. Take precautions and be informed with what happens if a spring suddenly slips or breaks.

 

If you want to leave it to the pros, give us a call at 540-292-3667 or email us at sam.hickin@gmail.com. We would be happy to inspect your spring and replace them if necessary!


 

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