Many of our customers call us because they need new garage door springs. This is one of the parts of your home that we highly recommend you call a professional to replace. But, if you have an automatic garage door, then you have springs. To help you understand your springs better, we put together an ultimate guide to garage door springs.
Changing Your Own Garage Door Springs is Very Dangerous
There are many home improvements that you can do on your own. However, it is very important that you understand removing your own springs is not one of them. This part winds up and creates tension. If you were to break the tension while working on your door, it could cause the door to fall on you.
What Are Extension Springs?
Extension springs are long coils that attach to your door. They work in conjunction with cables to create the tension your door needs to be lighter. This part rests right above the garage door track.
When the door is opened, the springs are relaxed and wound tightly. When it is closed, the coils stretch out and extend.
What Are Torsion Springs?
Torsion springs are located on a bar right above the garage door. This part is used for counterbalance and to help lift the door. When the door opens, the springs unwind and create energy that is used to lift the door. When the door closes, it winds up and replenishes the energy supply.
What Are Garage Door Brackets?
The brackets are located at the bottom of your door. It is important to note that this part is under tension just like the springs. In fact, newer models actually have tamper-resistant brackets to keep homeowners from hurting themselves.
What Are Garage Door Cables?
Cables work in conjunction with extension springs. If you have that type of system, then the cable attaches to the bottom of the door and at the top in order to keep it suspended in the event that the tension breaks on the springs.
If for some reason, you do not see cables on your system and you have extension springs, you need to have them installed. Be sure to contact us so that we can come out and make that installation.
The Correlation Between Your Springs and an Off Balanced Door
Your door can become unbalanced just like tires on a vehicle. In order for your system to work well, the door needs to open and close smoothly. One of the ways you will know it is off balance is when you hear a lot of noise when it opens and closes.
The way you balance the door is to adjust the springs. Generally speaking, the tension is off on one side or the other, which is what causes the imbalance.
Call Us Today For Assistance
If you need your springs replaced, call us today. We will send one of our experienced technicians out to your location to make the repair safely. They know exactly how to remove and replace the part without injury. We look forward to hearing from you.