Every year, there is an average of 30,000 injury cases related to overhead garage doors. It is a proven survey of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. There might be amputations, fractures, or even crushing from the garage door that could lead to extreme dangers like death. Do you know that the most hazardous part of the garage door is its spring? It is always recommended that either you choose to do it on your own or have someone to do garage door spring repair professionally, there are certain precautions that must be taken care of when it comes to garage door spring repair or replacement.
Old versus new models of garage door spring:
Unlike the old design of springs, new springs are created with a core rod inside the spring coil. This is why; old designs of springs are more dangerous in the event of failure. A broken spring could throw off steel shrapnel and other sharper pieces in your garage. They can fly around and damage your car or hurt someone. In the recent core rod spring designs, the broken chunks of metal will retain in the case of malfunction. Definitely, you should go with the new types of springs. Consult with your local reliable garage door retailer to show you the difference between them.
Extension and torsion springs:
Torsion springs are the modern type of system which is installed either one or two springs. They are wounded on a core rod at the header of the garage door. What do you need to consider? A high amount of pressure occurs when the garage door reveals sown. Due to such huge pressure, these springs will break over time. In case of malfunctioning, you should follow a couple of things while operating your garage door manually.
- Don’t try to stop it from coming down
- Let it go and quickly leave the place
- Make sure that no one around the garage door
If your garage door has dual springs and one of them is broken. You should replace both of them at the same time. It may increase your bill but having an old spring with the new one will only increase the risks of further damages. Extension springs are an older type of system but safer than torsion springs. They are created as a most useful feature in a garage door. They are installed to support the garage door in the opening and closing process by counterbalancing the weight of the garage door. Anyone who has a little bit of knowledge about garage doors will notice how risky the spring system is. A professional solution to such risk comes in the form of safety cable installation.
These safety cables are made from light material similar to other door cables. In case garage door springs break; the metal chunks will still go ballistic but only in a certain range of safety cables. You can install them by evaluating the material of your garage door.