A garage door opener is a motorized device that opens and closes garage doors controlled by switches on the garage wall. Most also include a handheld radio remote control carried by the owner, which can be used to open and close the door from a short distance.
There are five types of garage door openers:
- Chain drive openers have a chain (similar to a bicycle’s) that connects the trolley to the motor.
- Belt drive openers use a rubber belt in place of a chain.
- Screw drive openers have a long screw inside the track. The trolley connects to this screw.
- Direct drive openers have the motor installed inside the trolley and use a gear wheel to guide the trolley along a fixed chain.
- Jackshaft openers mount on the wall at either end of the torsion bar.
Your garage door is one of the hardest working components in your home. Just think about how often you raise and lower it. For many homeowners, it serves as an actual front door.
But all that heavy lifting inevitably brings wear and tear to your garage door. Some of its many moving parts are bound to break down eventually, and there’s a good chance your spring will be first parts to go.
Now, what’s so important to understand is that garage door springs can be extremely dangerous when they break. The reason for this is that as the door is opened and closed, it’s stretched out or uncoiled, which places stress on the springs. If the springs are old or damaged, any additional stress could cause them to break — and then they will go flying at full force, potentially damaging property and even injuring anybody who’s in the vicinity. Without a doubt, this is the outcome you want to avoid at all cost.
Once you notice that your door springs are getting worn out, call IM Garage Doors Repairs to get it replaced for you ASAP.