Picture this – you’re running late for work. You dash to the garage and attempt to the open it, only it doesn’t move and you realize you have a broken garage door spring. By now, your frustration is probably at an all time high. And you’re probably wondering how in the world something like this can even happen. Believe it or not, but a broken garage door spring is actually quite common. After some time, it’s natural for a garage door spring to break. They get a lot of wear and tear. A garage door replacement is just one of those maintenance things, so try not to get too upset. If this happens to you, here’s what you should do.
Doing a garage door repair is all fine and good, but first you need to focus on how you are going to remove your car from the garage. All garages should come equipped with some sort of an emergency release cord. It is located on the garage door overhead. It will help you lift the garage door manually. Be prepared. It’s going to be heavy. Always practice safety first. Use a family member or a neighbor to help you. If the garage door begins to slip, don’t try to catch it. Just maneuver yourself out of the way, as fast as you can because that door drop will be painful.
If you’re going to replace garage door springs, you need to know what type of spring you have. There are two types of garage door springs – torsion and extension. The torsion spring can be found on a bar, which runs along the top of the garage door. There are drums attached to the end, and cables connected to the garage door’s bottom bracket.
Extension springs are located on the sides or perpendicular to the garage doors. They are attached to the track, and cables and pulleys connected to the bottom bracket of the garage door. Extension springs are what gives your garage door power, while the pulley system will do the heavy lifting. If any aspect of this system is not in alignment, i.e. not installed properly, this will cause your garage door not to work, ultimately resulting in garage door repair.
You have a couple of options as a homeowner. You could do a garage door replacement, but that may not be necessary. You could simply replace the garage door springs. You might want to consider upgrading to a safer extension or torsion spring system. This is not a job that you want to do on your own, as it’s complicated and dangerous.
Any time you do garage door repair, you should always have a qualified professional handle the job. Edwards Garage Doors have been in business for over 20 years. We are one of the top garage repair services in Glen Rock NJ. Our clients’ satisfaction is our top priority. If you have a broken garage door spring or any garage door issues, please feel free to contact us at 201-670-4004, so we can get your garage door back in working order today.