It usually begins with a loud, screeching noise. In fact, it is so loud that it can get you out of bed. You look around the house only to see nothing. That is until that moment when you want to take out your car. That’s when you’ll see your broken garage door. The garage door that needs to be repaired.
But before you panic, here are some steps that you can take.
Try to Get Your Car
First, you should try to get your car. There should be an emergency cord at the side of your garage door. Pull this and with it, you can now lift the door. The problem is that the spring may be broken. This means that you don’t have a tension pulling your garage door up making it heavier. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. In fact, it is better if you call a garage door repair service right from the beginning. Be very careful if you decide to do this alone. Garage doors can weigh as much as 300 pounds.
Know Your Spring
Most of the time, a broken garage door is due to a broken spring. Although garage doors have heavy duty springs, it can still wear out after years of use.
This step entails knowing what type of spring you have. There are two types of springs. There are extension and torsion springs.
Torsion springs are wound around a bar and this creates intense tension. This is how it pulls a 300 pound door with ease.
On the other hand, extension springs are located at the side of your door. When they are stretched, they pull the door up. You can view them as a giant rubber band that holds the weight of your door.
Once you have identified your spring, take a trip to the hardware store. Ace Hardware and Home Depot usually have them for $150.
Seek Professional Help
Now that you have your springs ready, you may be tempted to put it in yourself. Although we believe in your skills, it is always better to seek the help of a professional garage door replacement service like Pinnacle Garage Doors. The problem is that the process of replacing a spring can be very dangerous. Remember that the springs are wounded to create tension. If you don’t have the right equipment, then you’ll be having a hard time and may even endanger yourself or others.
So the next time you hear that sound, you know what to do. Call Pinnacle Garage Door at 801-785-8525