Uneven Opening of Closing
When trying to open or close your garage door, you may notice that one side opens more quickly than the other, causing the door to become crooked in its track. That is a sure sign of a failing spring, as the weak spring cannot keep up with the still-viable spring on the other side. If you notice uneven opening or closing, there’s a good chance that you need at least of the springs replaced immediately by a professional garage door technician.
Door Fails the Stay Test
One way to test the springs in your door to make sure they’re still functional involves a simple manual test you can perform. First, disengage your automatic opener if you have one. Then, raise the door manually. If it stays up, then your springs are good. If it slowly begins to descend and won’t remain where you left it, then that means your springs are weak and in need of replacement. You can perform a second test by lifting the door to the midway position. If the springs are good, the door will stay where you left it. If the door felt heavy when you opened it, the springs may be weakening. If the door felt light, you may have the wrong springs on your door.
They’re More than 10 Years Old
The average lifespan of garage door torsion springs is around 10 years under most circumstances. Therefore, you can use that timeframe as a guideline for replacement. If your springs are in excess of 10 years old, there’s a good chance that you should replace them soon. Some springs may last longer than 10 years, but why risk it?
Most modern garage doors and openers are made with quiet operation in mind. Therefore, when you hear loud, unusual sounds coming from your garage door when it’s raised or lowered, those noises could be due to failing springs. Excessive squeaking, creaking, or loud popping sounds could be a sign that the springs are about to fail or have already broken. Have a professional check any sounds that begin without warning, as they could indicate garage door trouble on the horizon.
Your torsion springs are critical to the proper operation of your garage door system. If you see any of the signs mentioned above when operating your garage door, contact a professional specializing in overhead door service to help you diagnose the problem and make the proper repair. To learn more signs that your torsion springs may be about to fail, contact IDC Garage Door at (678) 363-0701.