3 Signs Your Roller Door Torsion Springs Have a Problem

Posted on: 18 December 2019

If your roller doors aren't working quite right, you might not be sure exactly where the problem lies. These doors and their mechanisms have a lot of different parts which can all prevent them from opening and closing properly.

In some cases, the problems you're having give you an indication of where the problem might lie. For example, if you have faulty or damaged torsion springs, then your doors will act in specific ways. How can you tell if you do have a spring problem?

1. Your Door Doesn't Stay up

If your door doesn't seem to open and close like it usually does, then you could have a spring problem. If you have a manual door, then it might open and close smoothly, but it won't stay open consistently. When you pull the door up, it either won't stay where you put it, or it will feel wobbly and insecure in its place.

If you use a motorised door, then the motor may hold the door open, but it may not feel right. You can check this out further by opening the door manually to see if it stays either partly or fully open. If it doesn't do this or seems wobbly, then its springs may be broken or may have moved out of position.

2. Your Door Shudders

Roller doors should open smoothly and evenly. Sometimes, however, doors jerk about when you open or close them. They shake and wobble and seem to jump about as they move rather than glide up and down.

This kind of shuddering movement is sometimes down to faulty springs. They may not be in the right position or may be stuck. If they can't take their share of the load of the door's opening or closing mechanism, then the door loses some stability and runs unevenly.

3. Your Door Slams Down

Torsion springs help hold a roller door in place as it opens and closes. The tension they add to the mechanism helps the door work safely and at a certain pace.

If your springs are loose, then they can't put enough tension on the door to hold its weight. This is most noticeable when the door closes. For example, your door may shut at a much faster rate than normal; it may slam down quickly, rather than rolling down slowly.

If you notice any of these problems, then it's worth calling in a roller door repairs specialist to take a look at your torsion springs. In some cases, they might just need tightening or repositioning. In other cases, you may need a new set installed.

To learn more about roller door repairs, contact a roller door repair professional in your area.