Overview of Garage Door Springs:
1. Are garage door springs dangerous?
2. What happens when a garage door spring breaks?
3. Why are garage door springs dangerous?
4. How often do garage door springs break?
5. Importance of maintaining your garage door spring
6. When you need a garage door spring expert, call A1 Garage Door Service
As you watch your garage door opening and closing, you might wonder what happens if your garage door spring breaks. If you’re wondering if garage door springs are dangerous, yes, garage door springs can be extremely dangerous. With the tightly wound coils and the extreme amount of tension, a garage door spring (if not handled properly) can cause serious injury if not death.
Your garage door spring works by counterbalancing the weight which allows your door to open with ease. When a garage door spring breaks, the true weight of the garage door becomes apparent and will prohibit users or electric garage door operators from lifting the door as it has become too heavy. Many Garage Doors weigh hundreds of pounds and cannot be lifted without the assistance of a garage door spring
Torsion springs: BANG! Loud noise and door will become inoperable until new garage door torsions springs are installed
Extension Springs: Extension springs can become very dangerous if and when they break. Unlike a torsion spring, extension springs are stretched along the side of the garage door tracks and can become projectiles causing damage or injury. Extension springs should always receive the installation of a “safety cable”. A safety cable installed will prohibit an extension spring from projecting away from the system.
Garage Door Torsion Springs are very dangerous to attempt any work or repair on without the proper knowledge and tools. Garage Door Torsion Springs when tensioned carry hundreds of pounds of force that allow it to lift a garage door with little to no effort. When a garage door torsion spring is being worked on this force cause serious damage, injury or death.
Garage Door Extension Springs are very dangerous to attempt and work or repair on without the proper knowledge and tools. Garage Door Extension Springs when “extended” carry hundreds of pounds of force that allow it to lift a garage door with little to no effort. When a garage door extension spring is being worked on this force could become a projectile causing serious damage, injury or death.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2021, there were roughly 2000 garage door opener injuries nationally. You should understand the basics of how your garage door spring works. The dangers of garage door springs come when they are not properly maintained. Your spring does a lot of work to keep your garage door functioning properly and continuing to distribute weight and balance. Having a garage door spring isn’t dangerous; it’s the lack of awareness around upkeep and repair that causes most garage door spring accidents.
Here is how to make sure your garage door spring is well-maintained:
- Lubricate your garage door spring twice a year. Take a silicone-based lubricant and pour it across the whole spring. Let it seep into the spaces between the coils and wipe off the excess.
- Open and close your garage door only when necessary. The average garage door spring has a lifespan of 7-9 years. If used twice a day, that is roughly 10,000 cycles. As the spring is used more, the life of the spring decreases.
- If your garage door spring starts to make odd noises, call your garage door service company to assess the issue. To avoid serious injuries, never try to diagnose a garage door spring issue on your own.
Surprisingly, garage doors can be exceedingly dangerous, explains Erik Abrahamson, Orlando personal injury lawyer. They are not only heavy (can be over 200 pounds) and thus they can cause injury from the weight of the door, but they are also designed to make the heavy door easier to open. This is accomplished with springs which are under constant and extreme tension. Injuries from garage spring failures can be catastrophic. Never try to adjust or repair any mechanism of a garage door. Leave this to the garage door professionals.
As we mentioned, it is important to avoid the dangerous situations that can occur from a broken garage door spring. Most garage doors carry a lot of weight which is difficult to hold with only one person. Additionally, broken garage door springs can cause the garage door to fall which could result in any obstructions being crushed.
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