If you’re curious to know that you can open your garage door even if the spring is broken, there’s a fair chance you’re trapped on one side or the other.
Well, the good news is that yes, you can open the door, but the problem. The is that it may not be easy—and it would be easier if you weren’t.
Your garage door may not look all that heavy from the end of the driveway, but the reality is bound to set in if one of its springs fails. The broken spring makes it all too clear how heavy garage doors are. Only missing a single spring will make it almost impossible to open the door without assistance.
In the meantime, we’ve put together a quick guide covering the fundamentals of garage door springs. We’re going to start the post by explaining how to open your garage door if one of the springs fails.
Firstly, you need to understand why your door won’t open. There are a number of common reasons why your garage door won’t open or close, some of which won’t include a call to the repair shop.
There are two key ways you know you're having a spring problem:
Your opener engine is running, but the door isn’t opening. Or you could hear the door opener straining to raise the door.
Well, You hear a loud pop like a firecracker. That was spring break, and it was probably the most exciting part of your day.
Garage doors are heavy and require heavy equipment that can cause personal injuries if you are not careful.
What is a garage door spring?
The garage door spring has an ever-important job of supporting the weight of the door so that it can be moved either manually or through a remote-controlled operating system. If this doesn’t work, the door’s full weight would be challenging and even dangerous to attempt and move. There are two major types of springs, namely torsion and extension springs. The most significant difference between the two is the location of the spring itself.
Extension springs on either side of the frame, along the rails, help counterbalance the weight of the door as it is lifted or maybe gone lowered.
Torsion springs across the top of the door support the heavy lifting.
Stepwise step process:
- You’re going to have to position two six-foot ladders on each side of the front of the garage. These will help hold the door open until you’ve fully opened the door.
- You’re also going to need two pry bars – one for you and one for your neighbour/helper. At the same time, both of you can place these at the opposite ends of the door, pricking it up enough to catch your hands on the bottom edge.
- Force it up at the same time, and slowly, taking care not to overstretch your back or stand under the door when it’s not locked, as this could cause serious injury.
- Use the vice grips attached to the track just below the door as you force the door to a fully open position.
- Then you can move the ladders into place by using them to rest on the door (after removing the vice grips). It would be best if you kept the vice grips in place as an extra precaution against the door sliding out of place.
Regular maintenance will increase the life of your garage door springs, but even with maintenance breakage, it’s not always avoidable – springs can wear down over time. If you begin to find problems or suspicious noises with your garage door, call the garage door expert.
Well, we here just one call away. We have expertise in garage door making and repairing. You know that we know the drill. It’s always better to ask for an expert to avoid any unfortunate.