Spring Into Action: Signs Your Garage Door Springs Need To Be Repaired Or Replaced

Posted on: 7 June 2022


If your garage door has stopped functioning, and you've inspected the tracks, sensors and garage door opener, there's a good chance that the springs are involved. This is especially true if your garage door springs haven't been replaced in a few years. If you're like most homeowners, you might not realise that garage door springs need to be replaced from time to time. If you're not sure how to identify garage door spring problems, read the list provided below. If you've encountered any of the issues described here, it's time to have your garage door springs repaired or replaced.

Emergency Rope Won't Work

If your garage door won't open and you've tried replacing the batteries in the remote control, try using the emergency rope. If you're not familiar with the emergency rope, it's the cord that's attached to the garage door opener. When you pull on the emergency rope, the garage door should open. If pulling on the emergency rope doesn't open the door, there's a problem with the springs that need to be addressed. Now's the time to call for repairs. 

Large Spaces in the Springs

If your garage door isn't opening as smoothly as it should, or it seems heavier than it once did, now's the time to take a close look at the springs. When the springs have adequate torsion, your garage door should open smoothly. If you can see large gaps or spaces between each section of the torsion springs, don't try to use your garage door anymore. Instead, call for repairs right away. The gaps and spaces are signs that your garage door springs are ready to fail. 

Creases in the Garage Door

If you suspect problems with your torsion springs, take a look at the top of your garage door. When the torsion springs break, they're unable to hold the weight of your garage door. If that happens, you might notice creases, bends or folds at the top of the garage door. This is a sign that your garage door is collapsing under the weight. To avoid a total collapse, which will require you to replace the door, you need to have the torsion springs repaired or replaced as soon as possible. 

There's Been a Loud Snap

Finally, if you've heard a loud snap or crash sound coming from the garage, there's a good chance that your garage door torsion springs have snapped. If that's the case, you need to have them replaced immediately. Once the torsion springs snap, your garage door is not safe to use. Luckily, a garage door spring repair company can replace the springs for you.