Garage doors open and close every day. Most of the time, they do so with little effort. However, on a rare occasion, the door may start struggling to open or to lift. You will notice that the door is slow going up. The motor may sound like it is struggling. The door tracks may creak and rattle. It may start as a barely noticeable thing. However, with time, the noises and vibrations will become very apparent. If not handled, the noises and vibrations may become quite dramatic. It is something you definitely need to diagnose and get fixed.
How can you find out what is going on?
If your overhead door is not opening properly, the first thing to do is consult your owner's manual. The manual should offer some troubleshooting steps to figure out what is going on. (If you don't have a copy of the manual, you may find a copy on the internet.) Follow the steps carefully and see what might be going on.
A common source of this problem is torsion springs that are not adjusted properly. Go out and look at the inside of your garage door. Torsion springs sit along the top of the wall above the garage door. These springs counterbalance the weight of the door so that a person or the garage door opener can raise and lower the door smoothly. When this spring does not have the proper adjustments, the opener will start struggling to open the door. If a person tried to open the door without the counterbalance of the spring, the weight might be too much.
What can you do if you suspect the torsion spring is out of adjustment?
It is important to leave this type of repair to the professionals. These springs, adjusted or not, hold a lot of stored energy. Unless you know how to properly handle such a spring, you are in danger. These torsion springs can recoil and take a grown man down to the ground. The power is enough to do severe bodily damage and can even be deadly in some cases. Unless you are a garage door professional, call in someone who is.
Who should you call when you need a torsion spring repair?
Due to the danger of this kind of repair, you need to call in experienced Amarillo garage door and overhead door professionals. You can give us a call here at Willow Creek Overhead Door. We have plenty of experience handling torsion springs of all sorts. Our technicians know how to install, repair, adjust, and maintain most torsion spring installations. We also handle repairs, installations, and replacements of garage and commercial overhead doors, operators and openers. If you need garage door work done in the Greater Amarillo area, give us a call. We are here to help.