As the weather gets progressively colder with the arrival of winter, the importance of a properly functioning garage door cannot be underestimated. Heating and insulation, security, and the overall appearance of your home are just a few problems that arise for homeowners when their garage door deteriorates. And while there are several reasons a garage door may break, one of the most common is a broken spring.

Determining whether or not a garage door spring is the reason for your troubles, however, isn’t so straightforward. We should know. At TGS Garages & Doors, we specialize in repairing and maintaining garage doors, and come across this problem frequently. Read on and learn how to tell if your garage door spring is broken.

Telltale Signs Your Garage Door Spring Is Broken

The garage door spring opens six inches and stops. See if there could be anything Your garage door has a center torsion spring in it to help you or the automatic door opener lift the door with ease. When that spring snaps or breaks, a safety mechanism keeps the door from going up beyond about six inches. This protects your door and door opener from further damage.

There is a two-inch gap in your torsion spring. The torsion spring in your garage door expands and contracts. The energy stored in the spring is what helps the door go up and down with a minimum of effort. However, if the spring is broken, you will notice a gap of about two inches in the middle of it where it used to be all one piece.

The top section of your garage door is bent. Often when the door doesn’t open, one of the torsion springs may be broken. If your garage door opener tries to open the door with a broken spring, thereby overriding the above-mentioned safety force mechanism, it could cause damage to the upper part of the door itself. This can also happen if you try to force open a garage door with a broken spring manually. If your door doesn’t open easily, don’t try to force it for this reason.

When you pull the emergency release rope, the garage door cannot be lifted. Your garage door opener should have a red emergency release rope attached to it. This rope enables homeowners to open their garage door in the event of a power outage. When a garage door spring breaks, however, even this emergency release mechanism won’t work. You may be able to muscle your door open, but what you might find is…

The garage door is crooked when it goes up and down. A broken extension spring on one side of the garage door (versus the torsion spring above) causes an uneven vertical movement since pressure is different on each side of the door. Remember, when confronted with this dilemma, do not attempt to lift the door because it can result in damage.

The cable and pulley are hanging down. Extension springs on the side of your garage door involve the use of pulleys and cables as part of the total mechanism to lift the door. A broken spring can cause the pulley and cable to come out of alignment or even lead to a broken cable. Although we’ve mentioned it several times already, the message bears repeating—Do not force the door when the spring is broken. It will lead to further damage, which is why you should trust professionals with this problem.

Professional Solutions For A Broken Garage Door Spring

Fortunately, a garage door repair due to a broken spring is usually an easy fix for garage door professionals. If your garage door has any of the signs of a broken spring listed above, call TGS Garages and Doors. As a top garage door company in New Jersey, we can help you diagnose the problem and get your door working again quickly. In the event your door is damaged, we can also replace it with another door and get your life back to normal as soon as possible.

When you need a garage door company in NJ for troubleshooting, repair, and maintenance services, we’re always available to help. Contact us with any questions or concerns.