Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Home & GardenMaintenance & Repairs · 3 months ago

What does it mean when a garage door is spring loaded?

There is an ominous orange tag warning me of this..

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  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    So, without an ominous orange tag to warn you, then you would know what? Nothing? 

    A wound-up spring or a stretched-out spring are taking some of the weight of the door to make it open easier.  It also means danger if you are wanting to disconnect something.  There can be a lot of energy stored in a spring.

  • Edwena
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    The spring winds up and takes some of the weight when the door is lowered and unwinds and picks up some of the weight when the door is raised (torsion spring located over the door).  It has enough power to hurt you bad, so leave it alone.  Fixing a garage door requires some expertise that is best left to others.   But, look at your garage door and you will see some big springs.

  • it is loaded with a spring

  • 3 months ago

    Most overhead doors have a spring to balance the weight of the door while lifting or lowering the door. Unless you stick your fingers in the spring, or break the spring, it is 100% safe.

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  • elhigh
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    The spring is there to take most of the weight so the garage door opener - either mechanical or you - don't have to work so hard.  As more of the door's weight is all the way up, the spring assist is reduced and the springs are under less tension, and that's why you should only try to do anything with the springs when the door is all the way up.

    The orange tag is there to remind you of this fact, so you don't go loosening something and get hurt.  It's not that dangerous unless you do something reckless.

  • gerald
    Lv 7
    3 months ago

    Its like a wound up toy and the spring is big and a lot more dangerous than a toys if tampered with 

  • 3 months ago

    it's for the maintenance guy who doesn't know what he is doing ... disconnecting the spring causes it to suddenly unwind tension, which may result in injury [and, therefore, lawsuit against the door maker].  as long as you don't try to maintain the door yourself, you'll be safe.  -- grampa

  • Anonymous
    3 months ago

    Usually it is to counterbalance the door. The warning being that it is not as heavy as it looks so you may get a surprise when you pull at it and it flies up. In these litigious times the company's lawyers will have told them they need a disclaimer.

  • Zany
    Lv 5
    3 months ago

    When the door is down the spring is "loaded," under tension, to aid in raising it up with one hand. Were you to remove the hardware holding the spring with the door down, and perhaps up, it has the energy to do bodily harm.

  • 3 months ago

    It can be fast. Like a mouse trap. 

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