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3 Tips to Keep You Safe When Repairing Your Garage Door Springs

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Many garage doors operate by using springs—either torsion springs or extension springs—and when these springs begin to deteriorate, it will be time to either repair them or replace them completely. When you decide to repair or replace the springs yourself, you'll need to take the proper precautions to ensure your overall safety when completing your repairs, or you run the risk of serious injury. Additionally, if you feel unsafe in any way while completing repairs, go ahead and contact your local residential garage door repair service. They'll be sure to have any parts you may need as well as reliable service to get your garage door back in working order.

Always unplug the automatic opener before starting your repairs. It's important to be sure you unplug the automatic garage door opener—located above the roller racks and attached to the ceiling of your garage. You can run the risk of electrocution if you leave the opener plugged in.

Try to avoid having the garage door open while you are working. While this is dependent on the type of springs you have, essentially, the garage door being open and right over your head while you're working can be an issue. Keeping the door in the closed position can protect you from a potential injury caused by the door falling. If you cannot complete repairs with the door down, secure the door with a pair of locking pliers or C clamps on the roller track just below one of the rollers. This will keep the door from dropping.

Never attempt to adjust the tension on an overhead spring system. If your springs are overhead and above the garage door itself, you have torsion springs. Repairing or replacing them can be done yourself, but you should never adjust the tension on these things yourself. These springs are under a high amount of pressure, and even the slightest mistake in adjustment can mean a very serious injury—and can quite possibly be fatal. Always contact a pro garage door repair service to come out and adjust the tension on the springs that you've repaired or replaced.

Even though maintaining, repairing, or replacing the springs on your garage door can be easily done yourself, following the proper safety precautions will guarantee that you're starting your work off the right way. If something becomes too complex to handle, or you feel your safety would be compromised if you continue any repair work, you should contact the garage door repair professionals, such as Crawford Door Company, immediately.

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10 July 2015