According to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS), every year, over 2000 people in the United States suffer from severe and fatal injuries due to being crushed under free falling garage doors.
Most of these accidents occur because of a broken garage door spring that may be too obvious in some cases, but not all. Fortunately, there are other warning signs that you can watch out for to identify a broken spring before it leads to a life-threatening incident.
We’ve rounded up three signs that call for a garage door spring replacement.
Garage Door Opens a Few Inches or Slowly
If you operate your garage door and it opens partially or exceptionally slowly, there’s a good chance that one of the torsion springs has either lost the tension to lift the door or is broken. Modern garage doors have an in-built safety mechanism that detects when the garage door’s weight isn’t equally distributed and keeps the door from opening any further. This feature keeps the door from free-falling and protects you from a potential garage door accident. However, it may also serve as a signal that your garage door springs require immediate replacement.
If your garage door lifts higher one side and lower on the other, it’s an indication of a broken or damaged extension spring. Extension springs are mounted on either side of the door next to the torsion springs at a 90 degrees angle. They’re responsible for lifting and lowering the door on your command. The door will not raise appropriately on the side of the compromised or broken spring, which causes the door to lift crookedly. If this happens, stop using the door immediately, and call your garage door technician for springs repair or replacement.
Door Shuts With an Unusual Speed
Traditional garage doors have openers that don’t have the safety mechanism that keeps the door from opening if the spring cannot provide enough support. The opener lifts the door as usual with a worn-out or a broken spring.
However, when you press the close button, the door closes with unusually excessive force, because the springs cannot hold the door in place anymore. If you notice a faster closing speed, don’t attempt to examine the door on your own; instead, get in touch with our experts at EasyFix Garage Door & Gate Service Inc.
We are a Tennessee based garage door local company that offers top-of-the-line garage door and garage door spring repair in Nashville and surrounding areas. We also offer high-quality new garage door and driveway gates installation in Nashville.
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