Despite how they look on the outside, garage doors are remarkably complex contraptions with a variety of moving parts that are required to operate. Because of that, it's always a good idea to contact a garage door repair technician anytime anything is wrong with your garage door, but that applies double if your spring is broken.
Generally speaking, there are two types of springs: torsion or extension. Torsion springs are the most common and are located directly above the garage door. They work by contracting whenever the garage door opens, which helps to close the door fully. Extension springs are usually located on the ceiling and contract in the same way.
Regardless of which type you have in your home, you should never attempt a garage door spring repair yourself for the reasons outlined below.
It's Not Safe
Garage door springs are under an enormous amount of pressure; if they snap, the spring can uncoil and cause damage to anyone standing nearby — potentially fatally. Moreover, if the spring snaps, the garage door will also drop to the ground and pinch anybody underneath it. Garage door spring repair always takes two people to handle it safely, so even if you were attempting to do on your own, you need to make sure somebody else is there to provide support. Still, since hundreds of people are injured every year by garage doors, you should still opt to have it worked on by professional.
It's Not Cheaper
Many people want to perform DIY solutions on their home in order to save money, but in the case of garage door spring repair, it could actually end up costing you more to do it yourself. The tools that you'll need to fix it are not usually available at regular hardware stores, which means you'll need to spend more money to acquire them. Moreover, if the job is done incorrectly, you could end up spending more to have it fixed than if you just hired it out in the first place. This also doesn't take into account the time lost from work or your home life by both researching and performing the garage door repair itself.
It's Not Easy
As mentioned above, garage doors are very complex machines and require advanced knowledge and years of experience to handle the issues that can be associated with it. For this reason, you won't be able to know how to fix your garage door with just a few videos on the Internet; you need to have somebody who is familiar with the different problems that can arise in order to have it fixed properly. The last thing you want is a broken garage door in your house that is an open target for both thieves and damage.
If you need help or have questions, reach out to a local garage door spring repair service.