There are some DIY maintenance projects that should never be on your to-do list. If you are not an electrician, you probably shouldn’t move a breaker box. If you are not a plumber, you probably should not replace your pipes. And, if you are not a garage door professional, replacing the springs is never recommended. Not only because it can quickly become a mess, but because you, your home, and your car can suffer damage. Garage door springs danger is well documented, causing thousands of injuries every year.
Garage door springs should last 5-7 years. They wind and unwind to lift and lower the garage door. And, the tension needed to do this is stored within the spring. As it wears from use, it can break. When it breaks, the high tension is unleashed. And whatever might be in the way as it comes loose will get hit. Busted springs can cause broken limbs, dented cars, and large holes in drywall.
You may not know how old your garage door springs are. And, if you have an older model, the newest of safety features may not be present. Newer models are made to hold the spring in place even if it breaks. Unless you know what type of model you have, you are taking the risk of the spring coming loose, causing more damage. If you do have an older model, it is most likely time to install a newer one with safety features, so no one gets hurt.
Most garage doors weigh between 200 and 500 pounds. If the door crashes down, it is unforgiving to whatever is in the way. Even worse, a garage door can disconnect completely. The door will wobble and land wherever gravity takes it. Garage doors have crumpled cars, boats, and people in a matter of seconds.
Any DIY expert knows there are certain tools for certain jobs. Buying tools for a single job, like garage door spring repair, can be costly. Saving money through purchasing a tool that will work “good enough” invites even more trouble. A spring or cable fastened incorrectly may work, but not for long. In the end, it can cause further damage, injuries, and expensive replacements.
Garage door spring repair danger increases with each year of use. Do not ignore the possibility, especially if you have children and pets. Let our well-trained experts handle it! Give us a call at Midlothian Garage Doors today.