Garage Door Spring Repair
Do I Have a Broken Spring?
Broken springs are the most common residential garage door repair. Your garage door not opening, or only opening a few inches or feet, is a telltale sign of a broken spring. You can look above your garage door on the shaft and identify if you have a broken spring. Once a broken spring is identified, we recommend you to stop operating the garage door unless it is necessary. Continuing to use your door with a broken spring can lead to further damage to your garage door and opener. We our stocked with springs for various sizes and weights of garage doors and can replace most broken springs within an hour.
*Do not try to repair your broken spring yourself. It is a job for experienced professionals. The spring system and cables are under hundreds of pounds of tension and can cause serious physical injury.
Types of Garage Door Springs
Depending on the age and type of garage door you have installed, there are two types of garage door springs you can have:
The torsion spring system, pictured above, is most common and reliable spring system. It is mounted to the header above your garage door. Tension is added to the springs by a professional upon installation. The springs wind and unwind as the garage door closes and opens, lifting both sides of the garage door in unison allowing for smooth operation.
The torsion spring system consists of torsion spring(s), spring shaft, drums, cables, end bearing, and center bearing plates. Due to their superior safety and operation, we only repair torsion springs and offer a conversion to a torsion spring system from previous extension spring systems.
Extension springs are typically found on older garages. Extension springs are mounted above the tracks on either side of the garage door. They are attached to the back hang connected to the end of the track, typically with an eye hook. The other end of the extension spring is attached to the garage door via a pulley system. The springs expand and contract as the garage door opens and closes. Due to each spring lifting its side of the garage door respectively, they often result in shaky, or jerky operation. Extension springs can be extremely dangerous under tension. We do not repair extension springs, and instead opt for a spring conversion to a torsion spring system as they are considered much safer and reliable.