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 and can become rusty. 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 garage door repair company.
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. Your springs can snap at any moment without warning if a wrong move is made. Should the spring snap, the heavy and speedy cable could strike you in the face, head, or body. By not hiring a garage door repair company to tend to your springs, you could end up in the hospital with serious injuries.
It’s important to also understand that messing with the garage door’s springs could also lead to the door itself falling. Not only could this damage or destroy the entire fixture, which could lead to a replacement for the entire garage door, but it can also injure anyone in the way.
The best way to stay safe is to consult and hire a repair company that serves your area. Be on the lookout for companies that are well-reviewed, have licensed workers, and can guarantee their work. Garage door repairs involving springs can be extremely dangerous and things could go awry for even the most qualified experts, so it’s important to hire a company that can offer guarantees or replacements.