Garage doors may look light as a feather when they’re working properly. But once they get stuck, you can fully feel the heft of your door. At over 350 pounds, it can cause some serious problems if it’s not opening and closing properly. One of the most common causes of faulty garage doors is a broken garage door spring.
Hill Country Overhead Door’s specialists can get your spring reloaded and your garage door moving once again. But we don’t just want to repair and run off. We want you to be as familiar with your door as you are with the rest of your house.
Let’s take a closer look at the work that little garage door spring does and what you can do if it stops doing its job.
How do garage door springs break?
Your extra-heavy garage door can be raised and lowered thanks to the power stored inside of springs.
If your spring is located just just behind the door, it begins to work as soon as the door is raised. They hold tension for the duration of the movement and help keep the door in place once it is up. The constant pressure from the door’s weight becomes a huge burden for the spring, and it will eventually fail.
They hold tension for the duration of the movement and help keep the door in place once it is up.
The spring is pulled and extended every time the door is lowered.
If your spring is located in the back of your garage, then it bears a large portion of the weight of the door every time the motor pulls the door up. The spring is pulled and extended every time the door is lowered. In both instances, the strain on the spring is substantial and slowly wears it out.
How To Open A Garage Door With Broken Spring?
Most springs are made to last for about 10,000 opening and closing cycles. Think about how often you use your garage door and calculate when you’ll need to put in a new spring. For most people, every few years is okay, but pay close attention or you may end up with a stuck door.
Our professionals know how to quickly and easily replace springs. It’s also a good idea to get your garage door system checked out to make sure that nothing else needs to be repaired or replaced.
If your spring has already broken and your door is stuck, call Hill Country Overhead Door to have your door repaired. However, if you need to get into your garage, there is a way to do it, but please remember that opening a broken garage door is very dangerous.
Follow these steps:
Find a buddy
No large job should be done with only one person. Find at least one other helper who can cooperate and communicate with you to safely reopen your garage door. Make sure it is someone you can trust and preferably someone with some home repair expertise.
Open the door
You’ll need a wedge of some kind to get underneath the seal of the door. Make sure it has some leverage so you don’t strain your muscles or your back. Crowbars are effective tools for working your way under the door and pulling it up. Remember to be extra careful and don’t try to force anything.
Remember to be extra careful and don’t try to force anything.
The clamp is a temporary solution, so get the necessities out of your garage and let it back down very slowly.
Prop the door open with solid objects that are well balanced as you go. When the garage door is open enough to get out the things your needs, such as your car or other expensive or large items, clamp it open. The clamp is a temporary solution, so get the necessities out of your garage and let it back down very slowly.
Call your trusty garage door specialists
No one knows garage doors better than Hill Country Overhead Door. We can safely and expertly repair your garage door and replace your broken spring and inspect the rest of your garage door to make sure that there are no other problems that might bother you in the near future. If you’re having any doubts, don’t hesitate to let us know about your garage door woes.
Don’t forget, we provide service for a wide range of areas in central Texas!