Let’s face it, you probably open and close your garage door quite frequently. In fact, it may even function as your main entry point to your home. This repetitive and frequent motion means that over time, your door will experience some wear and tear. One common replacement to keep an eye out for is garage door coil springs.

How do I know if I need a garage door spring replacement?

There are several ways you can tell if your garage door needs a spring replacement. Some key signs that it is time to replace your existing springs include rust and corrosion, spring weakness, a loud creaking noise when you open and close the door, and unevenness in the door as it opens and closes. Typically garage door torsion springs need to be replaced every four to nine years.

How do I identify the torsion spring?

Torsion springs are the most commonly used type of garage door springs. These tightly coiled springs are typically located in a horizontal position right above the garage door opening. When the door is pulled downwards the cables connected to the bottom force the spring to wind, which powers your garage door system.

How do I know if the spring is working?

As previously mentioned there are several signs that your springs need to be replaced. However, if there are no obvious signs, you may need to test your garage door coil springs. You can do this in two different ways. One option is to turn off your auto garage door opener and test the door manually. When doing this, your garage door should stay open without you holding it in place if the springs are in good condition. Another way to test your coil springs is to move your door to mid-level to see if it stays in place. With the door in the position, you can test to see if it feels heavy, which means the springs most likely need to be replaced soon.

Can I replace a garage door spring by myself?

We do not recommend that you replace a garage door spring without professional help. This is because the springs are under a lot of pressure and store a lot of energy, which can easily result in injury to those that are inexperienced in replacing torsion springs.

What if my garage door spring isn’t the problem?

If you test your garage door spring and determine that it is not causing your problem, it may be time to call in a professional to diagnose the problem. Our experienced technicians are here to help you figure out what is causing your issue and to suggest the necessary steps to repair your garage door.

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