The Challenge of a Broken Spring: Can You Manually Open Your Garage Door?

Posted Thursday, February 15th, 2024




The Challenge of a Broken Spring: Can You Manually Open Your Garage Door?

A broken garage door spring can quickly turn your daily routine into a challenge. One of the immediate concerns homeowners face is whether it’s possible to manually open a garage door with a broken spring. In this installment of our “Garage Door Insights” series, we’ll explore the realities of handling a garage door when a spring is out of commission.

Understanding the Role of Springs in Manual Operation:
Garage door springs play a crucial role in the smooth operation of the door. They counterbalance the weight of the door, making it feasible to manually open and close. When a spring breaks, it upsets this delicate balance, making manual operation more difficult.
Challenges of Manually Opening a Garage Door with a Broken Spring:
* Heavier Door: The most immediate challenge is the increased weight of the garage door. Attempting to lift it without the assistance of the springs can be physically demanding and potentially unsafe.
* Risk of Damaging the Door: Manually operating a garage door with a broken spring may lead to uneven lifting, putting stress on certain parts of the door. This can result in additional damage or misalignment.
* Safety Concerns: Garage doors are designed to operate with a certain level of tension provided by the springs. Trying to lift the door manually without this tension poses safety risks, as the door may not be properly balanced.

Steps to Manually Open a Garage Door with a Broken Spring:
If you find yourself in a situation where you need to manually open your garage door with a broken spring, follow these steps cautiously:
* Release the Emergency Cord: Most garage doors have an emergency release cord. Pull this cord to disengage the door from the automatic opener.
* Lift with Caution: Lift the door manually, but be prepared for the increased weight. It’s advisable to have assistance, especially with larger and heavier garage doors.
* Secure the Door: Once open, secure the door in place using locking mechanisms if available. This prevents the door from accidentally closing.

Cressy Door’s Recommendation:
While it is possible to manually open a garage door with a broken spring, we strongly advise caution. The added weight and imbalance create safety risks, and attempting to operate the door without proper knowledge can lead to further damage.

Contact the Professionals:
If you find yourself dealing with a broken garage door spring, it’s best to reach out to professionals like Cressy Door. Our experienced technicians can assess the situation, safely repair or replace the broken spring, and ensure that your garage door is operating smoothly and safely.

Dealing with a broken garage door spring can be challenging, especially when it comes to manual operation. While it’s technically possible, the associated risks make it a task best left to professionals. Your safety and the longevity of your garage door are our priorities at Cressy Door. Reach out to us for expert assistance in handling broken springs and all your garage door needs.

For Help Replacing Your Springs Contact a Pro

Schedule an inspection or replacement service with a trusted garage door company.  For service from the friendliest garage door experts in the Seattle area, contact our team at Cressy Door. We build, service, and install garage doors in the Puget Sound. We invite you to learn more about our company, services, and products by exploring our website.  Questions, or concerns or would like to request a free estimate, give us a call today. 

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