Is It OK to Open Your Garage Door With a Broken Spring?

Is It OK to Open Your Garage Door With a Broken Spring?

Can You Open Your Garage Door With a Broken Spring?

Garage door springs are the counterbalancing component that winds and unwinds when the garage door opens and closes. It can be a nuisance if a garage door spring breaks. While it is OK to open your garage door with a broken spring, we recommend contacting the technicians at Garage Door Specialists, Inc. to replace the springs.

What Happens When a Garage Door Spring Breaks?

When the spring breaks in your garage door, you will be unable to operate your garage door like usual. The problem might be a broken spring if:

  • The garage door opener motor is running but the door isn’t moving.
  • You can hear the garage door opener trying and failing to lift the door.
  • You heard the spring break, making a loud pop noise.
  • The garage door is off its tracks.

Will a Garage Door Open With a Broken Spring?

A garage door can still open if the spring is broken, but it will take some manual effort. Using your garage door opener could burn out the motor since the broken spring makes the garage door heavier.

We recommend not attempting to open your garage door if it has a broken spring. Follow these safety tips if you must open the door to get a car out:

  • Keep yourself safe by protecting your back, keeping your fingers away from pinch points and ensuring your feet aren’t under the door.
  • Lift the door from the center and keep it level as the door goes up.
  • Do not push or pull on the garage door panels, as they could bend.
  • The garage door will not stay open without support so keep the door level when it’s open.
  • Shut the garage door immediately after getting your car out — do not keep it open.

How to Open a Garage Door With a Broken Spring

Follow these 3 steps to safely open your garage door manually if the spring has broken:

  1. Disengage the garage door opener from the door by pulling on the rope attached to the opener’s J-arm until the mechanism unlatches.
  2. Enlist the help of another person since the garage door will be too heavy to handle by yourself.
  3. Lift the door until it settles on the horizontal rails.

If the garage door is too heavy to move, do not endanger yourself by attempting to open the garage door anyway.

How to Close a Garage Door With a Broken Spring

To close your garage door, reverse the steps for opening it:

  1. Start moving the garage door down to get it out of its resting place on the horizontal rails.
  2. With another person, slowly guide the garage door down until it reaches the bottom.
  3. Re-engage the garage door opener to the garage door.

Do not let the garage door crash, as this sudden drop may damage more components.

Contact Garage Door Specialists, Inc. to Replace Your Broken Springs Today

A professional should handle a garage door spring replacement. You can find experienced technicians who will get the job done right at Garage Door Specialists, Inc. We have over 40 years of experience replacing broken springs and completing other repairs in Western North Carolina. Our technicians will replace your springs safely and efficiently.

Schedule your repair online or call 828-584-2297 today.

Fix Broken Garage Door Light

Why Your Garage Door Light Won’t Work and How to Fix It

Garage door malfunctions can happen at any time. Even with top-quality garage door opener brands such as LiftMaster, components can occasionally become jammed or fail to operate normally. One common issue homeowners run into is their LiftMaster garage door light not turning off. While this problem doesn’t damage your residential garage door system, it can wear down the light’s battery. However, you can easily fix this issue.

Read on to learn some tips for garage door light troubleshooting. For example, if your garage door light won’t shut off, try our solutions listed below.

a garage door light not working

Why Won’t My Garage Door Opener Light Turn On/Off?

If your garage door light won’t turn off or on, there is likely a problem with your door’s motion sensor or light timer. More specifically, if your garage door light won’t shut off, it is most likely due to one of these reasons:

  • Something is triggering your garage door motion sensors, which are responsible for turning the light on and off automatically.
  • You left the panel light switch on.
  • Your garage door’s light feature is engaged.

In rare cases, a faulty logic brand may cause your garage door light to malfunction, which would require professional repair service.

Garage Door Light Troubleshooting

Checking to see why your garage door opener light won’t work is a simple process since most garage door light issues stem from environmental factors. You can fix most light problems by following these troubleshooting steps:

  1. Consult your LiftMaster garage door manual to ensure you know how to navigate your garage door’s features properly.
  2. Check to see if your light switch is enabled. You can find your light switch in your garage door’s side panel. If the light feature is engaged, simply turn it off.
  3. Test your motion sensor’s light feature. You can turn it off from your control panel by selecting “Menu” > “Light Settings” > “Automatic Light” > “Motion Sensor,” which will disable the feature.
  4. Sometimes, the door’s wiring is the problem. First, reset your light timer to its lowest setting. Disconnect the power from the unit, and the wiring from the opener. Reconnect the power after one and a half minutes, and the lights should come on. 
  5. If the lights turn off one and a half minutes after you complete this step, there is an issue with the wiring or control board.
  6. If you aren’t comfortable with repairing the logic board wiring yourself or if none of the above steps fix the issue, call a professional for garage door service.

Contact Garage Door Specialists, Inc. Today

If you’re having trouble with a LiftMaster garage door light that won’t turn on or shut off, it’s time to contact the professionals at Garage Door Specialists, Inc. You can feel confident that we’ll respond to your issues quickly. 

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