Tempted to fix broken garage door springs yourself? If you look online, you’ll find plenty of instructions, even some how-to videos, but the truth is this is a dangerous job best left to a professional.
Garage door springs are under an incredible amount of tension. It’s this very tension that allows you to raise and lower a several hundred pound door with the press of a button or the flick of your wrist. The springs naturally wear out over time. This can make the door dangerous to raise and lower.
There are two types of garage door springs that can break. Torsion springs sit just above the door’s top frame. Extension springs run along the sides of the door, near the upper door track. Both springs are dangerous repair jobs best left to a professional, but extension are particularly hazardous.
Why Your Springs Can Kill You
To fix the springs, the cables must be disconnected. Damaged cables can be rusty or worn and easily break. Snapping springs can be incredibly dangerous projectiles. One wrong move could be a trip to the emergency room or death. These cables can strike you in the face, head, or body and cause be life threatening injuries, including internal bleeding or a severe head injury.
A professional can better assess the problem and safely deal with it. Broken garage door springs aren’t worth the risk to life or limb.