The first thing you should do when you hear that loud crack is to investigate. You won’t know that it was your garage door until you see the broken spring so it is best to be sure that your garage door is the culprit. Once you are sure that you are dealing with a broken spring there are a few things that need to be done.
The next thing that you will most likely want to do is test to see if your garage door opener still works. It won’t. The garage door will feel a hundred times heavier and so using your garage door opener will only risk breaking that on top of your garage door spring. Instead just let the garage door opener sit this out for a while until your garage door springs are replaced.
The first thing that you will actually want to do after you are sure that your garage door spring is broken is to call somebody to get it replaced. Many times the wait won’t be too long and you will be able to get your garage door spring replaced the same day as when it broke. if your lucky the inconvenience will be relatively minor and your life and garage door opening days will be back to normal in no time at all.
You may however not be able to simply wait around for your garage door spring to get replaced. Many of us don’t just have the luxury of not going into work for a few hours because our car is unavailable. What you can do then, though it isn’t recommended, is open up your garage door without the help of your garage door or your garage door springs. However you should be warned that without the help of your garage door springs the garage door will be a ton heavier than normal and you may need some help to get it up. You will also need to disengage the door from the garage door opener in order to be able to manually operate it.
After you have gotten your garage door up and your car out then you will want to stop using the garage door until it has been fixed. This may mean getting out all of your cars at the same time or keeping your cars in the driveway for a few days. While this may seem like a hassle and like it defeats the purpose of having a garage in the first place it is much better to have your garage door spring replaced before something truly dangerous happens. Your cars will most likely be back in your garage in no time and you will be thankful that they didn’t get damaged by opening and closing the garage door manually a number of times. Once all of your cars are out of your garage it is also important to close your garage door again. This may take some help as the garage door will still be much heavier than you are used to it being, so make sure to have a few people help you with the task if you can. This will keep the garage door from coming down unexpectedly and damaging itself or anyone in the process.
That’s pretty much all you need to know about how to deal with a garage door spring snapping on you. If you don’t want to deal with the trouble and want to simply play things on the safe side it is really a two step process. You will investigate your garage and make a call to get somebody to repair your garage door and in no time you will be back to using your garage door everyday as normal. This however means that you may not have access to your car for a day which means that you will need to get a ride from a coworker, family member or ride service. While this may be an inconvenience for some it will actually end up costing others a small amount of money, on top of the price of a new garage door spring. This is why the other approach is also popular. You can investigate, call a garage door professional and then choose to take matters into your own hands in some respects. This means getting a friend or neighbor over (one who could probably also give you a lift somewhere) so help you lift your garage door and get your car out.