First and foremost, let us just say the answer to that question is simple. You don’t, unless you are a qualified, licensed and insured garage door technician. Even if you reference your manufacturers maintenance guide they will recommend that you never attempt to repair. For example the Genie Garage Door company states the following: “Do Not try to remove, repair or adjust springs or anything to which door spring parts are fastened such as wood block, steel brackets, cables or any other structure or like item. Repairs and adjustments must be made by a trained service representative using proper tools and instructions.” You should never tamper or tinker with a garage door spring. Many people do not know how dangerous garage door springs really can be. Garage door springs are the most dangerous part of a garage door. Tampering with or improper handling of a garage door spring can lead to serious injury or even death. Yes, garage door springs have been known to cause many deaths over the years. You should not attempt to replace a garage door spring on your own. Experienced garage door technicians are able to identify issues with a garage door spring so they are able to avoid harm. They also have the knowledge necessary to avoid putting themselves in danger.
Why are garage door springs dangerous? Garage door springs are under a great deal of tension. Most garage door springs hold hundreds of pounds worth of tension. A garage door spring can release hundreds of lbs worth of pressure within a fraction of a second. If your tools, limbs, or any other foreign object is near the spring when this happens, the injuries are usually quite severe. Additionally, when a garage door spring fails it can cause an open garage door to come crashing down. If an inexperienced person attempts to change a spring they can be seriously hurt. That brings us to our next point.
Do not hire an unlicensed or uninsured garage door company
Garage door repair or replacement is a dangerous job. The last thing you want is to have an individual who is not licensed and or insured working on your garage door. If they are injured on your property, you will be held liable for their injuries and medical bills. There are a lot of garage door repair companies in Riverside that may not be have a license or insurance. We always recommend that you check the CSLB to make sure a garage door company’s license is valid. Some garage door repair companies that may have had a valid license and insurance in the past may have had their license suspended. Choosing not to check for proper licensing may cause you to pay for someone else’s medical bills. You should only hire a licensed garage door company.
In conclusion, if you have any questions regarding your garage door or garage door springs, call us. We will be happy to assist you with all of your garage door repair needs.
Cited Sources: Genie Operation and Maintenance Manual Model 7055