Garage Door Springs & Safety
The tension on garage door springs is very high, as they are wound steel and have a lot of force on them at all times. When they eventually snap (hopefully you change them before they do!), they can fly off and cause a whole lot of pain to surrounding cars, people, or windows. Wise homeowners that have the funds know that it is one household replacement item that should be left to the pros, unless you have the correct tools and knowledge. We recommend letting an experienced garage door repair contractor inspect your spring and door if you have any questions about the issue.
If you have squeaky garage door springs and driving you mad, there are some quick checks that you can do before you call in a pro. A little noise does not mean huge problems with your door, but it could. For a quick fix you can try and applying some garage door lubricant, or some other household lubricant like WD-40, or for a more earth conscious individual you can even use coconut oil! Check out this link for some garage door spray lubricants that are highly recommended by the pros! If you lubricate the springs and they are still making a racket, you have more serious problems and will need to think about replacing your springs as soon as possible.
Another thing to think about is safety cables. If you have a garage door that has extension springs, you will want to have safety cables running through the spring that will eventually attach to the roof or adjacent wall. This is very important for safety, and if you can’t find the cables then you should have some installed.