Determining Whether Your Garage Door Springs Are Broken

Broken garage doors can be a major hassle. Being unable to easily open your garage can make storing your car a challenge, an issue that will be rapidly compounded in poor weather. Aside from your vehicle, limited access to items stored in the garage can also be a challenge. If your garage is attached to your home, and serves as a primary entrance, it can even make the process of entering your house an unnecessary hassle.

A common way for garage doors to break is at the springs. There are two springs used to open the door and support its weight, and a break in a spring can be both a nuisance and a safety issue. The latter can be an especially significant concern with young children.

The following tips can help you stay aware of signs of broken garage door springs.

Is the Garage Door Not Opening?

The surest sign of a problem is that the garage doors simply will not open. If this happens, one of the first places to check are the garage door springs. There is a good chance that one or both may be broken. To safely use your garage door, you will need to have the springs replaced immediately.

Do the Garage Door Springs Appear Tight?

Even before you have problems opening the door, there are signs to be attuned for that can suggest a problem may be imminent. One of these is the state of the springs themselves. Take a close look at the springs. Are they coiled tightly? This is what you want to see in the springs.

However, if you see gaps, or inconsistency in the spring coil, this is a surefire sign that there is a problem. It is a good idea to call a garage door professional immediately, to address the problem before it becomes worse and the garage door fails to open.

Are the Garage Door Panels Level, and Properly Aligned?

The garage doors themselves can be another good place to look when seeking problems in the door mechanism. When the garage doors are closed, the panels comprising the door should be level, and correctly aligned. 

If the door panels appear uneven to you, or if you notice unusual gaps between the panels, this is another sign that the door mechanism has a problem — and there is a good chance that the springs are the culprit. Once again, it is best to call a professional immediately, to address the problem before it becomes more of an issue.

Fix Your Garage Doors Today

For a variety of reasons, garage doors can develop problems over time. The reasons can range from an accident, to severe weather, to simple overuse. But a broken garage door can be a headache — and even a danger — so it is important to address any potential issues as soon as possible.

Bayside Garage Doors provides high quality garage door repair in Hillsborough County, Pasco & Hernando, and Pinellas County.  We have the experience and expertise to address any problems you may be facing, and to swiftly get your garage doors working well again.

Get a free quote – contact us online, or call our team directly at (813) 433-7395 today!