Garage Door Spring Installation Ottawa
Garage door springs play a key role in ensuring that those super-heavy doors can be lifted easily by you or by the garage door opener.
A typical garage door weighs hundreds of pounds, so you can imagine the kind of pressure these springs have to take every time you open or close your garage door.
So, it is only natural that they will wear out over a period of time.
And when this happens, you start facing garage door malfunctions.
Besides the wear and tear that these springs go through on a daily basis, you also need to consider climatic conditions.
Ottawa has warm summers and freezing winters, and these variations of temperate also cause your garage door’s springs to wear out faster.
And while the life expectancy of garage door springs is about 7 to 9 years, the fact that most of us have taken to using our garage doors as our main doors, that life expectancy is more realistically about 4 to 6 years.
And if there are accidents (like a car backing into the garage door, or a heavy object hitting the doors), then that life expectancy can be even shorter.
Signs Your Garage Door Springs are Damaged
So, how do you know when it is time to repair or replace your garage door springs? Here are a few signs:
- Unbalanced Springs
Did you know that springs that have been installed in the summer tend to need re-balancing after a longer time than when springs have been installed in winters?
This is because the springs – which are metal – tend to contract in winters, so they will need to be looked at to ensure that they are balanced once the weather warms up.
If your garage door is not staying up properly or doesn’t work as smoothly, then it is time to call in the professionals so that we can check the springs to ensure that they do not need re-tensioning or replacement.
- Broken Springs
This is by far one of the most dangerous problems you can face with your garage doors – especially if you have overhead doors.
If the spring or springs are broken, there is a huge danger that your garage door could suddenly slam shut, and if you or anyone else is near that door when that happens, you could end up getting seriously injured.
If a spring breaks while you are in the garage, it is also an extremely dangerous situation.
Those springs are coiled tight and carry a lot of force, so when they suddenly uncoil, they can cause very serious damage.
This is one of the main reasons why we urge all our customers to ask for regular maintenance of your garage doors.
We can nip the problem in the bud before it reaches this stage.
If your garage door is a heavy one (which means that it weighs a couple of hundred pounds or more) and is more than 4 years old, then it is best to simply have the springs replaced.
This is the time when those dangerous breaks occur.
A lighter garage door’s springs will last longer, but you should wait more than 6 years to have them checked and replaced.
- Springs Have Stretched
If you notice that the garage door springs are no longer uniformly coiled, then it is time to get them re-tensioned or replaced.
Call Us for Garage Door Spring Installation
Garage door springs are extremely dangerous components in your door system.
Which is why it is imperative that you call professionals like us to install new springs.
We ensure that the springs are not just professionally installed, but that they are of the highest quality.
We know how dangerous a broken or damaged spring can be, and so we take great care with the installation work.
We use only the springs that are meant for your garage doors, and we work carefully to ensure that the components are correctly fixed.
After all, your safety is our main concern.
So, if you live in the Ottawa area and need your garage door springs fixed, give us a call and we will come right over to take care of your problem.
Garage Door Repairs FAQ
How do I fix a garage door the keeps reopening?
A garage door is programmed to travel a certain distance before it closes. If it closes before that distance has been traveled, it thinks something is wrong — and it reopens to help prevent any damage or safety risk. In cases such as this, most likely your garage door settings simply need to be adjusted.
One garage spring broke. I have 2, should I replace both?
Garage door springs should be replaced as a set. The reason is once one spring breaks, the other one is probably not far behind, especially considering how springs weaken over time. Combining a new spring with an older one will likely cause an imbalance in your garage door's operation. If you own 2 separate garage doors and only one spring has broken, it's strongly recommended to replace the springs on each door if their springs are around the same age. Depending on your door's position, when a spring breaks it can cause serious injury as well as damage your opener.
How do you fix a stuck open garage door?
First, check the track for obstructions. The area around the tracks needs to be completely clear. Second, check the remote; it could be a simple battery issue. If you still face an issue, manually unlock and gently try to close the door. If you still can’t find the problem, try giving us a call.
Can I manually open my garage door?
If your garage door does not open smoothly after pulling the releasing the cord, this could mean the door is off of its track, or the springs are broken. In either case, you should avoid trying to force the door open; doing so will only cause more damage.
How hard is it really to replace a garage door?
Installing a garage door isn't as simple as installing a regular door. More so, installing it incorrectly can be dangerous.