We’ve been there, and we know how frustrating it can be. While your instinct might be to first check your door opener, it’s actually your garage door springs that do the true heavy lifting. As it turns out, one of the most common reasons for a malfunctioning garage door is a broken spring.
These small parts have a big job — garage door springs offset the weight of a garage door and allow the door to be opened and closed easily. The high-tension steel in the springs has a limited lifespan, and over time, the springs will gradually lose effectiveness and need to be replaced.
Replacing a broken garage door spring can be very dangerous (loss of limbs, or worse) if you don’t have the proper tools and know exactly what you’re doing — that’s why PNG recommends working with a local professional that has experience in spring repair, replacement, and installation.
If you think you have a broken garage door spring needing repair, call our team at 720-982-7622, and we will have a trained technician out the same day (in most cases) to get your door open and working smoothly again.
A broken garage door spring will often have a visible gap between a stretch of coils as shown above.
Extension Springs — Long, skinny springs that run parallel to the door’s horizontal tracks. Extension springs store energy by extending or stretching when the door is moved. There are three types of extension garage door springs:
Torsion Springs — A garage door can have anywhere from one to four torsion springs, depending on its size, weight, and strength. These springs are broad and can be found on a metal shaft directly above the door opening. Aluminum drums are placed on either end of the metal shaft, and the springs are wound to a specific torsion setting in relation to the assembly. There are four different types of torsion grarage door springs:
Replacing a garage door spring in the Denver Metro area will cost, on average, at least a couple hundred of dollars. But as with most garage door services, the final price will always depend on several factors – these include the size and weight of your garage door, the type of springs being used, and the location of the garage.
If you’re at home when your garage door spring breaks, you’ll hear something akin to a gun-shot that will probably make you jump out of your socks. This happens when the garage door spring is stretched to capacity, causing it to snap.
Ideally, you’ll be able to catch a decaying spring before this big bang. Keep an eye out for these warning signs so you know when it’s time to get those garage door springs replaced:
Garage doors may look like they’re easy to repair since they’re simple to operate, but that’s not the case.
Because the springs remain under constant, intense pressure, trying to repair them on your own can be a dangerous undertaking. Not only could you worsen the damage and end up with an even costlier repair job, but you could risk serious injury to yourself, as well as damage to any vehicles or equipment in the garage. Garage door spring replacement should be left to a trained professional.
Once the technician has removed and replaced the broken springs, the next step is to make sure the door is balanced correctly. If you’re unfamiliar with this process or don’t carry the required tools, you could damage your door and end up needing a full replacement. And as one final reason to use a pro, some warranties will not cover repairs or new parts if the work is done by someone other than a licensed professional.
PNG Garage Doors has been installing and servicing garage doors across the Colorado Front Range for more than six years. As one of the Denver Metro Area’s top garage door companies, we’ve worked on 1000s of garage doors from Castle Rock to Longmont — and everywhere in between.
A Colorado native, Paul Galligan founded PNG Garage Doors as an alternative to the big corporations serving the Denver Metro Area. Front Range clients needed a local option — someone who could offer competitive pricing without national overhead, personalized attention on every project, and experience with Colorado’s particular weather conditions.
Save our number in your phone, and the next time you need your garage door springs serviced, we’ll be just a click away!