How To Know if Your Garage Door Has A Broken Spring

Is Your Garage Door Spring Broken? Here’s How to Tell

Introduction: Garage doors are an essential component of our homes, providing security, convenience, and protection for our vehicles and belongings. But like all doors, they are prone to wear and tear, and one of the most common issues is a broken spring. Recognizing when your garage door spring is broken is crucial for maintaining safety and ensuring the smooth operation of your garage door.

How to tell if your garage door has a broken spring - and what steps you should take if you suspect there's an issue.

Signs of a Broken Garage Door Spring:

  1. Loud Noise: One of the most telltale signs of a broken garage door spring is a loud banging or snapping noise when you try to open or close the door. This noise is often accompanied by the door moving only a few inches before stopping abruptly.
  2. Door Unevenness: If one side of your garage door appears to be higher than the other when closed, it could indicate a broken spring. The imbalance caused by a broken spring can cause the door to lift unevenly.
  3. Difficulty Opening or Closing: A broken garage door spring can make it difficult or impossible to open or close the door manually or with the garage door opener. You may notice that the door feels unusually heavy or that it doesn't move smoothly along its tracks.
  4. Visible Damage: Inspect the garage door springs visually. If you notice any visible signs of damage such as gaps, cracks, or separation in the spring, it's likely broken and needs to be replaced.
  5. Sagging or Loose Cables: If you have extension springs (long springs mounted above the horizontal tracks on both sides of the door), check for sagging or loose cables. This can indicate that one of the extension springs is broken.

Is it time for garage door maintenance?

What to Do If You Suspect a Broken Garage Door Spring:

  1. Do Not Attempt DIY Repairs: Garage door springs are under high tension and can be extremely dangerous to repair or replace without proper training and equipment. Attempting to fix a broken spring yourself can lead to serious injury or damage to your property.
  2. Call a Professional: The safest and most effective course of action is to contact a professional garage door technician. They have the experience, knowledge, and specialized tools required to safely repair or replace the broken spring.
  3. Avoid Using the Door: Until the broken spring is repaired or replaced, avoid using the garage door to prevent further damage or injury. If you need to access your garage, use an alternate entrance if possible.

A broken garage door spring is not only inconvenient but also poses significant safety risks. By being aware of the signs of a broken spring and knowing what steps to take if you suspect an issue, you can ensure the continued smooth and safe operation of your garage door. Remember, safety should always be your top priority, so never hesitate to give the team at Ramirez Custom Overhead Doors a call to inspect your garage door and repair its components.

5 Reasons To Replace Your Garage Door in 2024

Can you believe 2024 is almost here? As the year wraps up, we can’t help but think about 2023, all the incredible garage door projects we’ve worked on, and our amazing customers, too! It was a banner year, and our team was busy- traveling all over Vacaville and the surrounding area, installing beautiful residential garage doors, repairing and servicing doors, and working with home and business owners alike. 


As you head into the new year, your thoughts might be on what updates you’d like to make for your home in 2024. If replacing your garage doors isn’t on the list, you may want to reconsider.

Here’s our top reasons to invest in a new garage door in the new year

Be sure to read to the end because we’ve done this one David Letterman style. The top reason is the last!

#5. It can save you money.

Replacing your garage door could yield an excellent return on investment, especially if your garage is heated or attached to your home. The latest garage doors offer excellent energy efficiency, even if you choose one that isn’t insulated. And because our technicians will make sure it fits perfectly, it will be easy to heat, cool, and keep comfortable. This can result in lower energy bills.

#4. It will operate smoothly.

Can you imagine getting stuck in the garage when you’re late for work because your garage door has failed to open? The older your garage door is, the more it’s at risk of needing a repair. With a new garage door, you can be sure it will work properly 24/7.

#3. It can increase safety. One of the biggest reasons not to install a garage door yourself is because it can be dangerous. Garage door springs and pulleys – not to mention the heavy door itself – should be regularly maintained, and springs and pulleys must be replaced every few years.

If your garage door and its components are older, it could mean it’s not as safe as it should be. Replacing your garage door could create a safer environment for you and your loved ones.

#2. Quiet, please!

If you’re constantly woken up by someone opening or closing the garage door late at night or early in the morning, a new garage door could be the solution. New garage doors are designed to be quieter, so investing in one could make your home quieter and help you get some shut-eye.

And the number one reason to replace your garage door in 2024 is… 

#It can transform the look of your home. Replacing your garage door is one of the fastest and easiest ways to give your home a facelift. In fact, it’s one of the most popular suggestions realtors make to people ready to put their house on the market.

There are so many gorgeous garage door styles to choose from now that one of the hardest parts is deciding which to choose for your home.

No matter your reason for replacing your garage door, we’re here to help. Take a look at our garage door collection and give us a call. We’re looking forward to serving our Northern California community in 2024. Let’s make it a great year!