Broken Garage Door Spring? Read This Before “Springing” Into Action on Your Own

By:   Kim Wiest


At Banko, we are constantly out in the field handling service calls and responding to emergency garage door repairs. Since we are frequently fixing garage door springs and other common issues, we want to highlight the things you should think about before attempting a do-it-yourself garage door repair.

To start, the torsion spring on your garage door bears the bulk of the load when it comes to opening and closing the door. What is already a tightly wound spring is lifting heavier and heavier doors. Especially here in the Tampa Bay area, insulated doors can be as heavy as 500 pounds. If something goes awry with this spring, we recommend not trying to do repair this yourself after watching a few YouTube videos. If your torsion spring is visibly fatigued (as seen if the garage door starts sinking and becomes “heavier”) or broken, contact a professional to get a replacement installed.

Also, while technology on garage door openers is always improving, with new technology comes an increase in the number of things that can break or malfunction. If you’ve come home one day only to find no sound or lights coming from the opener (even after putting in a fresh set of batteries in the remote), there could be electrical issues, such as the opener’s circuit board needing to be replaced. When our Banko team comes to inspect your particular issue, we can help determine if it is more cost-effective to repair or replace your equipment.

As with any piece of machinery, your garage door needs to be inspected at least annually. Being proactive can help minimize the likelihood of serious repairs or the necessity of a premature replacement. Our team of professional technicians is here to serve you, and we hope you remember how much we value honesty with our customers by guaranteeing no hidden costs.

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