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Wrong Size Spring For Your Garage Door

How do you know if you have the wrong size spring or springs on your garage door? Why does it matter? The wrong size spring can cause very serious problems with your garage doors. Below and in the video, we explain how a spring that is too small, or too large, can cause safety issues.

A properly fitted spring or springs will create a safe, balanced garage door. A spring that is too small or too large can damage your opener, wear on your cables, cause a safety hazard, and more.

The solution to replacing a garage door spring, is first identifying the problem. If the issue is an ill fitting spring, you first need to determine the proper size for your specific door. In the video below you see two cases of improper spring size.

Springs Are Too Small

In the first example, the spring is too small. When the spring is too small, the door is way too heavy. Opening and closing the door with springs that are too small can end up damaging your garage door and your opener.

Springs Are Too Big

In the second example, the springs are too big they are also too strong for the door. This causes excessive force, which can ultimately damage your door and your opener, as well as be unsafe for use.

Notice in both examples how difficult it is to raise and lower the doors when the wrong size spring is used, compared to how easy it is when they are fitted properly.

Two Kinds of Garage Door Springs

Extension springs and torsion springs are the two kinds of garage door springs you’ll find in garage doors. Torsion springs turn as you open and close your garage door. Extension springs do as their name suggests. They extend as your door moves, and helps to balance your garage door. Springs in general last about 10-14 years or 15-20 thousand cycles. Perfect Solutions recommends replacing all springs on your door, even if only 1 snaps or breaks. This we believe is the most cost effective solution long term, and ensures the safety of your garage doors. Generally if one spring breaks, the other is not far behind anyway.

Two Spring System

Many garage doors only have 1 spring installed. This is fine, but we recommend upgrading to 2 springs. It is less expensive long term, and also increases the overall safety of your doors. High cycle springs are another recommended upgrade. This increases the number of cycles your garage door can perform before the springs need replacing again.

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Garage Door Repair & Replacement Parts

Many home owners opt to complete garage door repairs themselves. For those who have the time and experience, these types of projects work out well. There are times when individuals have the required knowledge and experience; however, they are short on time. Perfect Solutions Garage Door will be thrilled to complete your project for you as well as help you sift through your many choices of garage door replacement parts.

Dangerous Complexities

Some garage doors repairs are pretty basic, while others are a bit more complex. There are a couple that are actually very dangerous. Whether danger is involved or not, it is important that a trained tech complete repairs, especially, if they involved the installation of replacement parts.

Garage door springs and cables are repairs which are considered dangerous. There is a grave amount of potential destruction even, if the individual has experience. Those who have none are putting their life and limbs on the line. Keep in mind that sets of springs should always be replaced as sets. This is whether more than one of them are broken or not. Contact our team at Perfect Solutions now to inquire

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Springs are in place to balance the extreme amount of weight of the garage door. If the spring snap and the door suddenly drop, it could injure or kill anyone in the way. It could also result in property damage and extensive repair costs as well. Garage door safety cables are another hazardous repair. Cables are there to protect you, your loved ones, and your property. Cable and spring repair or replacement must be done as soon as possible to prevent injury and further damage.

Basic Replacement Parts

There are a number of other basic things that can go wrong. These are not severely dangerous; however, they can be tedious and time consuming. Accidents happen regardless of how hard you try to prevent them. One result of garage accidents is bending your track.

A bent track can cause the noise level of operation to increase or possible prevent you from being able to open it at all. In many cases the track can be bent back into shape fairly easily. If you need to replace your track, call Perfect Solutions for the best at the smallest cost.

Basic Maintenance

Other basic repairs involve closing limits and safety beams. These can generally be adjusted by the average DIY home owner, but again, this depends on time constraints. Garage door maintenance can also be a simple DIY project. It requires a bit of know-how and time to complete it right. Maintenance is important to extend the function and life of your garage door. This is generally a clean and lube project; however, upon inspection, you might run into more complicated issues or need to replacement parts for the hardware components.

We encourage you to call our crew at Perfect Solutions Garage Door today for any of your family’s needs. Remember to call on us in the event that you have a garage door emergency. Our emergency services are available day or night, any time of year.

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Four Things You Should Do When Your Garage Door Doesn’t Open

Garage doors only have two movements in its life, to close and to open. However, these seemingly simple movements can affect your daily activities if they fail to function smoothly. Just imagine what would happen if your garage door refuses to open when you need to attend an important job interview or a special event. Something as ordinary and as simple as a garage door can potentially make or break your day.

What to Do When Your Garage Door Doesn’t Open

When your garage door doesn’t open as it should, there are some things you should check first to see whether it needs repair or not. Before calling your trusted garage door company, here are some trouble-shooting tips that you can do.

  1. Try replacing your remote control battery.

If you are using a remote control to open your garage door, the first thing you should check is whether or not the remote control has a working battery.  This is very easy to do, so it should be the first troubleshooting step you should take note of.  Of course it is a good idea to have spare batteries for your garage door remote control always.

  1. Check if the garage door is connected to the power outlet.

If replacing your garage door remote control battery didn’t work, then it’s time to check if your garage door opener is attached to the power outlet.  Garage door openers are electronic devices and needs power from the outlet to run.  If it is connected to the outlet, check if there is a power outage in your home.  If you still can’t get the garage door to open, go to the next tip.

  1. Try raising the garage door manually.

If you can’t lift the door, then the problem may be that the torsion spring is broken or the cables have snapped.  If this is the case then you should call a garage door company right away.  However, if you can raise the garage door, then maybe the problem is that the disconnect switch is detached. The disconnect switch allows you to open or close the door manually when there is a power outage. The disconnect switch can accidentally get unhooked. This is usually the case if the garage door opener runs, but the door won’t move.

  1. Be alert for burning smell from the opener motor.

Another indication that the garage door cable or torsion spring has snapped is burnt smell emanating from the garage door motor.  Unbeknownst to many, it’s the torsion spring and the cables that lift the garage door, not the motor. If any of these two breaks or snaps, then the garage door will be too heavy for the motor to lift, hence the burnt odor.

When to Contact a Garage Door Company

If you have tried to check everything and you still can’t point out what’s wrong with your garage door, don’t hesitate to call a garage door company and let the experts take care of the problem.  Do not attempt to repair the door, because this can create further damage and even put you or a family member at risk for accidents. In fact, a National Center for Biotechnology Information report reveals that children have been severely injured or killed by automatic garage door openers. Garage door problems are better left in the hands of the professionals who are trained to fix them.

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