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Got Bad Springs? Here's How To Tell Before Disaster Strikes

by Dawn Henry

To you, your garage door springs are just springs. To your garage door, however, they're an integral component that takes the stress and strain out of opening and closing your garage door. When your garage door springs fail after years of use or neglect, the results can range from annoying to catastrophic. Knowing when it's time to have your garage door springs replaced can help prevent dangerous failures from occurring.

Sluggish Movement or Stalling While Opening and Closing

It's easy to underestimate just how heavy garage doors are. A typical garage door can weigh as much as 400 pounds, depending on the materials used in its construction. That's a lot of weight for your garage door opener to shoulder on its own. Garage door springs serve as a counterbalance of sorts, using their stored energy to support the door's weight as it opens and closes.

Excessive wear can cause springs to lose tension, leading to sluggish or jerky movement as your garage door opener struggles with opening and closing your garage door. If it takes much longer than usual to open or close your garage door, worn springs may be the culprit.

Uneven Door Appearance

Garage door springs not only counterbalance the door's weight, but they also ensure that the door remains even and level as it opens and closes. Worn springs can cause one side of the door to open sooner than the other side, resulting in a lop-sided appearance. Uneven garage doors are also at greater risk of getting stuck and possibly even damaging their tracks in the process.

Rusted or Damaged Coils

Rust is the bane of all things metal — your garage door springs included. Garage door springs can rust due to overall neglect or inadequate lubrication. If you see any signs of rust on the surface of the garage door spring, then it's time to have that spring replaced.

Physical damage to the spring itself is another sign of trouble on the horizon. If you see any deformation or separation between the coils when the springs are at rest, have your garage door specialist replace the spring as soon as possible. Damaged springs can fail without warning, possibly leading to serious injuries or worse.

Excessive Noise Despite Lubrication

It's not unusual for garage door springs to make a little noise, especially if they're galvanized instead of oil-tempered. Proper lubrication helps quell minor noises, but if your garage door springs are making lots of noise no matter how much lubricant you use, then they're likely due for a replacement.

For more information, contact a garage door service in your area.