Broken Garage Door Spring: What to Do

Are you having trouble opening or closing your garage door? This potentially dangerous situation often indicates a broken spring. Instead of attempting to fix it yourself, contact Consolidated Garage Doors for help. 

How Do Garage Door Springs Work?

Garage door springs are metal coils that raise and lower the door. Two types of springs exist — torsion springs, which span the width of the door, and extension springs, which extend along the tracks on the door’s sides. 

Torsion springs hold tension in their coil, which helps to keep the door in place when closed and lift it during opening. As a garage door opens, the torsion springs unwind. As the door closes, the springs wind up again.

Extension springs contract as the door opens, using tension to pull it up. They also rely on a system of pulleys and cables to raise and lower a door. Extension springs are more common on older garage doors, while tension springs are more common on newer models. 

What Causes a Broken Garage Door Spring?

Garage doors are heavy, and most get used at least daily, if not several times a day. Frequent opening and closing causes the springs to wear out as they approach 10,000 cycles — with one cycle representing one opening and closing. Haphazard maintenance practices make them more likely to wear out and break.

What to Do If a Spring Breaks on Your Garage Door

Replacing a broken garage door spring is not a do-it-yourself job for several reasons, including your garage door’s weight and the high tension applied to the springs. Attempting to fix the springs on your own carries an increased risk of injury.

Consolidated Garage Doors offers garage door spring replacement in the Chicagoland area. We can quickly fix your problem and provide maintenance advice to extend your new spring’s life.

How to Open a Garage Door With a Broken Spring

You should not use your garage when your garage door spring is broken because the door is too heavy to lift and lower safely without the spring to support it. A spring replacement will return your garage door to normal operation as soon as possible.

Replace a Broken Garage Door Spring With Consolidated Garage Doors

Replace a Broken Garage Door Spring With Consolidated Garage Doors

Contact us if your garage door spring is broken. We’ll send a technician to inspect and replace it if necessary. We’ve provided Chicagoland with SOLID SERVICE, SOLID SALES, and SOLID PRODUCTS since 1976® and look forward to making you a lifelong customer.

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