4 Signs Your Garage Door Springs Have Broken

Your garage door has either torsion or extension springs. Large overhead garage doors commonly use torsion springs because they need torque to rotate open. Single garage doors have extension springs that allow them to swing to the side. Here are four common signs your springs could be failing.

1. The Door Stops Halfway or Fails To Lift

Attempt to raise the door using the opener, and if it stops halfway, feels heavy or doesn’t move at all, you likely have broken springs. Modern garage door openers have safety features that prevent the door from opening. To be certain your opener hasn’t failed, follow the instructions to disconnect it. If you meet resistance, or it won’t budge, the springs likely failed. Otherwise, the opener could be faulty.

2. You Have Damaged Parts

Examine the inside of the door for damaged pulleys, cables and rollers, all of which suggest shopping for new garage doors Denton TX may be necessary. Even if the springs are in excellent shape, damaged parts can cause them to fail quicker. Check the springs themselves for gaps, stretching or rust, and look for bends on top of the door. Occasionally, a garage door opener bends the top section of the door while it attempts to lift it with broken springs.

3. The Door Opens or Closes Unusually

A door with a damaged extension spring commonly jerks when you try to open it. Since it has no support on one side, it can open crookedly or get stuck in the tracks. A malfunctioned spring on one side could also cause the door to open normally but close quickly, which poses a safety risk.

4. You Hear a Loud Bang

Some garage door owners with faulty doors report hearing a loud bang near the garage, which frequently occurs with torsion springs. Broken torsion springs tend to unwind fast and slam hard on the ground. If you notice springs on the ground, you have found the problem.

A garage door needs all its parts working together to function correctly. Knowing these signs of broken garage door springs can help you identify issues efficiently and accurately.