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What To Do If You Have a Broken Garage Door Spring?

What To Do If You Have a Broken Garage Door Spring?

November 18, 2022

It’s a frustrating situation when you go to open your garage door and find that you have a broken garage door spring. Not only is it difficult to open the door, but it can be dangerous too. If you’re lucky, you may have a backup opener that will allow you to open the door manually. If not, there are a few ways that you can try to open the door.

How do I know if my garage door spring is broken?

To determine if your garage door spring is broken, you should first inspect it for any signs of wear or damage. If the spring is cracked, twisted, rusty, or worn out, it is likely that it is broken. 

Additionally, if you find that the door is harder to open than usual, or that it opens slowly, then the spring may be broken. Usually, homeowners will hear a loud noise when a spring breaks as it unravels quickly.

If you’re unsure if your garage door spring is broken or not, it might be better to call a professional to inspect it to make sure no one gets injured. Here is another article that goes over more about when to know your garage door spring needs to be fixed

What to do when your garage door spring breaks

If your garage door spring breaks, the first thing you should do is to make sure that everyone in the house is safe and that there is no danger of the door falling on someone. Once you have ensured safety, you can begin to assess how to open the door.

If you have a backup opener, use it to open the door. 

If not, try one of the following methods:

1. Use a crowbar or pry bar to wedge between the door and frame and pull. We do advise you to be very cautious when doing so, it possibly could leave permanent damage on the garage door if done incorrectly. Take your time.

2. Find a long piece of wood or metal and use it as a lever to open the door.

3. Call a professional to open the door for you.

What happens if I don’t fix my garage door spring?

If you don’t fix a broken garage door spring, there can be several consequences. The most obvious one is that the door will no longer open or close. This can be a safety hazard, as the door may fall on someone, or it can be difficult to get your car in and out of the garage. Additionally, a broken garage door spring can cause the door to open unevenly, which can damage the door and the frame. Finally, if the spring breaks while the door is open, it can cause the door to slam shut, potentially injuring someone.

Is it dangerous to replace a broken garage door spring yourself?

Replacing a broken garage door spring can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. If the spring breaks while the door is open, it can cause the door to slam shut, potentially injuring someone. Sometimes, when a spring unravels, it can become like a long metal whip and injure anyone standing too close to it. It’s best to call a professional that understands the correct safety measures and have them replace your broken garage door spring.

It’s probably best to let a professional handle it

Determining if your garage door spring is broken can be difficult, but it’s important to know the signs. Professionals spend years of training to understand the different types of springs, how long they last, and what to do when they break. 

Right Choice Garage Doors has specialists trained to handle any broken garage door spring repair in the Ogden Utah or Park City Utah area. If you want the best and most qualified specialists to come take a look at your garage door and give it the update it needs, give us a call today for a free estimate.



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