A Guide to Garage Door Spring Repair
Do you need to repair your garage door springs? It can be hard to tell if new garage springs are exactly what you need. That is, there could be many other things causing problems with the operation of your garage doors. This article looks at some of the most common problems associated with residential garage door springs.
One instance where you can be absolutely certain that your springs need to be replaced is if they are rusty and/or corroding. Usually, if this is the case, it also means that you have to sort out some sort of water issue—whether it be leaking through your panels or an unrelated plumbing issue. Rusty springs will eventually snap if left alone for too long, so it is best to get rusty springs repaired or replaced as soon as possible.
Finding the Source of Your Trouble
A malfunctioning motor, misaligned tracks, or even bent panels can cause the springs to wear unevenly, make more noise when the doors open and close, or (worst of all) snap. Basically, the springs are not always the source of the problem so you might need a closer inspection. If you replace your springs without fixing the real source of the problem, it is very likely that you will just end up having the same problem later on.
Some people assume that replacing the motor will be the most expensive repair, but spring replacement can actually be more expensive. This is usually due to the fact that retrofitting new springs in an old garage door system requires a trained contractor. Every brand of garage door opener will be different. Some will be harder to repair than others. Likewise, the design of your home can make some repairs harder than others. Often when it comes to replacing the motor, the contractors don't really need to mess with the tension or springs.
As you can see, it is absolutely vital that you have a professional garage specialist look at your doors. While some garage door repairs are easy DIY jobs, messing with the springs is never a good idea if you haven't repaired or replaced springs before. To much tension, and your garage could open up too quickly and with too much force, causing the door to damage the frame. Not enough tension, and your door might not open or close all the way. It takes some fine-tuning and on-the-spot tweaking in order to get your particular unit working perfectly.
For more information about garage door spring repair, contact a local professional.