What Happens When Garage Door Springs Break?

Written by Thomas Liquori on . Posted in Garage Door, Garage Door Repair

 
 
 
 

Garage door springs are a crucial part of your garage door system. They’re the “muscles” that help raise your garage door up and ensure proper functionality for all of the system’s components.

Garage door springs manage considerable amounts of weight as they lift your heavy slab during cycle after cycle. When they break, considerable interruption to your garage door’s operation will be experienced, and replacement parts will need to be installed to resume operation.

Don’t let the consequences of a broken garage door spring inconvenience your family, staff or customers — learn about what garage door springs do and when it’s time to take action.

Garage Door Springs: A Primer

Garage door springs come in a couple different varieties: torsion springs and extension springs. Torsion springs are located directly above your door and run parallel to your door’s threshold. They store energy via cable windings when your garage door is lowered to the ground and release energy as your door is raised up.

By contrast, extension springs are generally found attached to the tracks of your garage door system, perpendicular to the direction in which torsion springs are fastened. Like their torsion spring counterparts, they store energy when garage doors are closed and release energy to help your garage door open. Instead of cable windings, however, extension springs utilize pulleys and cables to accomplish motion.

What Happens When Garage Door Springs Break

Simply put, a broken garage door spring will restrict your door slab from opening and closing. As they are the chief component in your system’s ability to successfully lift a door, it’s important that a broken spring be replaced immediately to resume standard operation.

We strongly recommend you do not replace garage door springs on your own. Spring-loaded mechanisms store great deals of energy, and as such, carry with them massive potential for injury.

There are, however, a few precautionary measures you can take to determine whether your springs need to be replaced. If you notice your garage door isn’t performing as well as it typically does, and you have determined that it isn’t being caused by your opener, sensors or rollers, your springs may be the culprit. Call a professional to conduct an inspection — they can help work with you to engineer a solution to your garage door system’s issues.

Contact Cookson Door Sales for All Your Garage Door Spring-Related Needs in Arizona

Cookson Door Sales of Arizona, a Tempe, AZ-based garage door retailer and service provider, has provided our clients with the area’s finest products, craftsmanship and customer service since 1991. We’ve received an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, are a Master Authorized Dealer of Clopay garage doors, and offer a wide range of testimonials penned by some of our satisfied clients for you to review.

Contact us today to receive a free quote from a friendly, knowledgeable member of our staff. We want to be your door company, and we’ll ensure that you receive the highest level of customer care while we’re under your employ.