Unfortunately, it's only a matter of time before your garage door springs eventually break. While they can be very strong and flexible, nothing lasts forever. Depending on their type, they'll only last for anywhere from three to ten years. Replacing or even adjusting these units can be very dangerous, so you should never try to do it yourself. Our technicians have the skills and experience needed to safely handle these components, so you should always reach out to us when something goes wrong.
Understanding The Dangers
The way garage door springs work is by becoming loaded with tension when the door closes, and releasing that stored energy in order to open the door back up when it needs to open. Torsion springs do this by winding and unwinding, and conveying their stored tension via drums that rotate and collect or unwind the lift cables. Extension springs have the same purpose, but they generate energy by stretching and then contracting to release it later on. They are weaker than their torsion based counterparts, and therefore they're often interlaced with safety cables, that keep them from flying should they break.
Broken Spring Replacement
When one of these components breaks, the stored energy gets released and the pieces that are left become slack. However, that doesn't mean that things are safe for you to handle. The door has no functional support system now, so it could collapse. In fact, when a spring breaks, the door will most likely come slamming down, and trying to get it to open again will require a lot of strength. What's more, the act of installing a new spring requires loading it with tension, which is something that can be very dangerous when it isn't done correctly.
That's What We're Here For
Contact our team at Garage Door Repair Stone Mountain for anything from emergency spring replacement to a maintenance appointment that includes lubrication and tension adjustment. Whatever you need, we can take care of it.