If you are experiencing issues with the opening and closing of your garage door, you will likely find that either your garage door spring or your automatic door opener are to blame for these problems. However, before you are able to repair the issue at hand, you will first need to determine exactly which of these likely culprits are to blame. While you could choose to pay a professional contractor to make this determination for you, making this determination yourself will prove to be much faster and more cost effective.
To determine which of these parts is causing your garage door problems, simply follow the steps outlined below.
Step #1: Disengage Door Opener
The first thing you will need to do is to disengage your garage door opener. This will allow you to isolate your garage door spring and ensure you are getting accurate testing results.
In order to disengage your automatic door opener, begin by locating the emergency release cord. This cord will typically be red in color and may also have a handle on the end. In most cases, this cord will be located directly beneath the motor of your door opener or near the top of your garage door.
Once you have located the emergency release cord, grab the cord firmly and pull straight down. This will release your garage door from the automatic opener and will allow you to manually operate the door.
Step #2: Perform Manual Test
Now that you have successfully isolated your garage door spring, you will need to perform a very simple manual test. Begin by positioning yourself on the outside of the garage door. Bending at the knees, begin slowly opening your garage door until it is a few inches off the ground. Once your door is approximately one foot off the ground, quickly release the door and make note of what happens.
If you find that your garage door is extremely heavy and difficult to lift when trying to perform this task, abandon the test to avoid personal injury and contact a qualified contractor as soon as possible.
What Does This All Mean
There are two different results that you may have experienced when performing your manual test. If your garage door held steady when being released, this means that your garage door spring is doing its job properly and that the problem is likely being caused by your garage door opener.
However, if you were unable to open your garage door or the door began closing on its own once it was released, your garage door spring is either weakened or broken and will need to be replaced by a professional in order to restore proper function to your garage door. For more help or if you have other questions, contact a company like Plano Overhead Garage Door to learn more.