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Why You Should Not Replace Garage Door Springs Yourself

Jason DeLancey

Did you know that broken garage door springs and cables cause injuries to over 2000 people a year in the United States alone?

The average garage door weighs between 200-500 pounds! It's not hard to imagine the serious injuries this can cause. 

Garage door springs are one of the most common issues that people need repaired on their garage. Barring an accident, your garage door will often last for as long as you own your home.

Springs and cables wear out because of everyday wear and tear. It's not uncommon for your springs to wear out every 4-8 years with heavy usage. 

A lot of  DIY type people want to replace garage door springs themselves. That's understandable because if you're a handyman/handywoman type, you enjoy the challenge of learning, working with your hands and fixing things yourself.

However, we recommend that when your garage door springs need replacement that you call a professional service technician to do the work for you.

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It's a Safety Issue

The reason for this is simple: the safety of your family and loved ones. Garage doors injure thousands of people every year.

Statistics show at least 2000 people in the USA are injured every year by garage doors spring and cables breaking, causing the door to come crashing down.

It's not just a simple matter of springs wearing out that can cause your heavy garage door to fall down though. Using the wrong tools or incorrect parts, especially the wrong size springs for your door can cause them to break too. 

Using the incorrect springs puts too much tension on them and can wear them out at an accelerated rate. They can also break unexpectedly and that's not a situation you ever want in your home.

Use the wrong size springs and someone can end up in the hospital.

It's Not as Easy as it Seems

So how do you know if you have the right springs? It may seem easy enough. Just measure your springs and head down to Home Depot and by the same size springs and install them.

Are they really the correct spring though? Even the same length springs may not be the right ones. The diameter of the spring could be different. The strength and weight capacity of the spring may be different. 

It is hard to tell if you have the right springs by looking at it, even for us. We have the tools and years of experience though to absolutely make certain that we install the right ones.

As it turns out, most people who try to replace their garage door springs themselves end up having to call a service professional anyway because it turns out to be a harder job then they expect. They may not get injured but they end up wasting a few trips back and forth to the store and a whole day of work for nothing. 

That's just one more reason we think you should call a professional garage door repair company. Save yourself the time and the trouble, and most importantly, protect the safety of your family and give us a call.

Get it Fixed Right at the Best Price

We'll get your springs replaced as quickly as possible and at the best price around. We'll give you a price quote right over the phone and provide a 3-year warranty at no extra costs.

Get your springs replaced today!

CALL US 847-888-8833

Garage door guys is a garage door company located in St. Charles, Illinois and serving Kane, DuPage, northwestern Cook and southern McHenry counties.