Unfortunately, a broken garage door torsion spring is usually the responsible cause for the garage gate not closing or opening properly. If you’re like most of us, your garage gate gets more daily use than even your front door, meaning your garage gate is going up and down multiple times during the day, an activity you usually take for granted while you push a button to get out or in. If your garage is not properly maintained then you will have problems with it not opening or closing, such as when someone comes in the middle of the night. In these cases you need to know the steps to taking care of a broken garage door torsion spring.
The most common place you may need to look at fixing a broken garage door torsion stem is the torsion strut, which is mounted alongside the top of the torsion spring. Because this part is quite heavy, you may need to lower the entire gate to access it. If there are any screws or bolts loose then you should try unscrewing them before lowering the gate so as not to blow the springs away. If you cannot unscrew them, then you will need to use a flat head screwdriver to pry them off from the strut. Make sure you keep your hands and feet inside the gate to avoid getting hurt by the flying parts.
If your broken garage door problems seem to occur when you first enter or exit the house, then you probably have a pin or wire that is not properly connected to the track. To fix this, you will have to pull the track back a bit, but make sure you keep your hands and feet inside the gate. Once you have pushed the track back, it should be able to move freely without causing any more problems. However, if the gate seems to be stuck in either the open position or the closed position, you may need to replace the entire spring so that you do not continue to encounter the problem.
Another thing that is most likely to cause broken springs in the garage door’s system is damage to the system springs. This can usually be fixed by simply replacing the damaged springs. If the springs are already worn out to the point where they can no longer handle the weight of the gate, then you may have to get stronger ones or get a complete overhaul of the entire system. Most garage doors systems will come with a complete set of springs, so all you will have to do is replace one of them.
One of the other common problems that people experience with their garage doors is broken torsion springs. Again, this usually only happens to people who have installed new tracks or new hardware into their system, but it can still occur. The most likely reason for this is that the torsion springs are getting tangled up in the pulleys underneath. In order to fix this, you just have to take out the old hardware, strip off the old torsion spring and put on the new one.
Broken garage springs can also be caused by improper tightening of the tension springs. To be able to detect whether the spring tension has been improperly set, you will have to look at how the spring works. First, when you raise the door up, the springs tighten as they are supposed to. When you lower it back down, they become slack. You therefore have to determine if you have set the tension to tight enough and make the repair.