25 Mar Alarming Increase in Injuries Through DIY Garage Door Service & Repairs
WARNING: Do not try to repair your garage or roller door without hiring professional help
The Australian Garage Door Association issued an important notice regarding the increase in injuries caused by the use of winding bars to install or adjust torsion springs.
“Installers or consumers should be aware that garage door springs, cables, brackets, and other hardware attached to the springs, are under very high tension and contain stored energy and, if handled properly, can cause serious injury. That is why only a qualified professional carefully following the manufacturers’ instructions should adjust them. Consumers should not attempt to repair or adjust the torsion springs, as in addition to possible harm, the warranty can be avoided.”
– Australian Garage Door Association
Injuries reported, through shoddy repairs, range from soft tissue damage to broken bones. The ADGA has been asking everyone to re-assess their torsion equipment for both installing new garage door springs and also for garage door services where tension on the springs is required.
At Guardian Doors, all our technicians are fully qualified and experienced in the door industry, and we always strive to provide the best garage door service to our Perth customers.
As the current financial situation in Australia tightens, many of us have been cutting back on our spending wherever we can. And this only makes good sense. Cutting back on your food spend, home energy use, clothing and entertainment, for example, can all be helpful ways to save your precious dollars. Putting yourself or your loved ones in danger, however, is not a recommendable way of saving money.
The false economy of DIY repairs
Cutting back on essential professional garage door servicing can be dangerous and cause serious injury if problems with your springs arise. According to the AGDA, common injuries through installation or servicing garage door springs can be caused by the following:
- The winding bar not properly engaged in controlling the required spring tension adjustment. It then disengages, resulting in uncontrolled action by the spring
- The winding bar can also put out a damaging force to the face or body of anyone near the counterbalance spring system and winding bar
- Incorrect tools used, with equipment consequently flipping
- Wrong SOP/installation instructions, particularly the sequence of loosening or tightening fixings, permitting axles or other parts of the door to release spring tension in an uncontrolled manner
“Galvanised steel springs are wound with immense tension… Too much stress can cause them to snap suddenly, causing the door to fall to the ground.”
How am I putting myself in danger by replacing my springs myself?
Even people experienced with tools – all with mechanical backgrounds – are susceptible to a high risk of injury from replacing their garage door springs: the galvanised steel springs are wound with immense tension, and this tension is what’s holding the weight of your door. Applying too much stress can cause the garage door springs to snap suddenly, resulting in the following:
- garage door falling to the ground
- torsion pole coming loose
- cables jumping off
- end and centre bearing brackets coming away
Any of these issues occurring while closing your garage door could be severe. And, if you’re not using a correct torsion applicator, your hand can lose grip. This is the most common injury we hear of in the garage door service industry. The tool you’re using to apply the tension can spring back at you, unleashing a tremendous amount of pressure that has built up which can cause lacerations to the face (if close) and can easily break a bone in your hand, if impacted.
You may have been lucky installing the garage door springs yourself, but have you adjusted your cables and checked for the correct tension?
If your garage door spring tension isn’t right, it’s only a matter of time before they snap.
You and your family use your garage door daily, but you may not notice how much it weighs. If your springs snap when you’re using the garage, the door panels can come down – heavily – on a car, beloved pet or family member.
Remember, your garage door springs aren’t fussy – they’ll fail when anyone is around – and when they do, you have nothing but your cables holding your door’s weight.
Using a professional garage door service company is the safest and most secure way of making sure you and your family looked after. But don’t just choose any company, look for the following:
- warranty information
- customer service details
- level of experience & expertise
- aftercare packages
AGDA recommends that any adjustments or repairs to the door, opener or fittings should only be carried out by a professional garage door technician.