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12350 E Greenfield Rd Lansing, MI 48917 USA

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5 Common Signs Your Garage Door Needs Spring Repair

A garage door that won't shut or open properly can be extremely frustrating and inconvenient. There are a few reasons your garage door may be having trouble going up and down correctly, but often the cause of this is that the springs either need to be repaired or replaced. Here are the most common signs that you need garage door spring repair in Lansing. This type of repair should always be done by a professional, since it can be a very dangerous job.

Partial or Slow Opening

If your door has an automatic opener when the spring is broken the door will often only open about 6 inches and then refuse to open more. This is because some door openers have motors that start opening the door at a slower speed and then go into a higher speed as the door opens. However, if the spring is broken, the opener will stay at a slower speed and be unable to open the door more than a few inches or it will open extremely slowly. The good thing about this is that it prevents damage to the door. The bad thing is that even if you pull the emergency release, the door will probably still refuse to open or be extremely heavy, which almost certainly indicates a broken spring.

Gap in the Spring

Some garage doors have springs that are located inside a tube, so it's very difficult to visually see that the spring is broken. But if you can see the spring, you'll probably notice a small 2-inch gap. This gap occurs because the spring is unable to wind because the end of it is set on the shaft, so there's a gap. In some cases, the cables on the garage door will also appear broken when the spring breaks.

Jerky or Fast Opening or Closing

When the garage door spring breaks, the door becomes unbalanced. This can sometimes make the door fall shut more quickly than normal when you activate the automatic opener. Additionally, the door may be jerky if you have a two spring system because one of the springs is doing most of the work and keeping the door from opening or closing smoothly.

Crooked or Bent Door

Sometimes the top section of your door might get bent when the spring is broken and the opener tries to open the door. Additionally, doors with 2 extension springs have those springs mounted independently, so if one spring breaks, the other spring will continually to pull the door up, which may result in the door opening crookedly or getting stuck in the tracks.

Loud Bang

You may actually hear the spring break, which sounds like a loud bang. This can happen at any time and not just when the door is opening or closing. The sound is due to the spring unwinding very quickly and the coils spinning on the shaft. If you notice this or any of signs of a broken spring, remember that only a professional should repair garage springs in Lansing because the springs are extremely powerful and can cause serious injury to someone who attempts to repair or replace them without experience.