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Garage door opening too slow or closing too fast? Let's do some troubleshooting...

The garage door system has a number of components that work together to open and close the door. When everything is in sync, it operates without any problems. But as pulleys become worn, lubrication wears thin and springs lose their tension, the garage door will fail to operate at its full potential speed. Typically a garage door will open or close on average within 12-15 seconds. If this process takes longer or shorter than that it means something is off with your opener system.

Know your garage door and gate motor battery backup system

Unfortunately motors with battery backup are not created equal. You have battery backup and battery dependent motors, both of these operate in the same manner if there is no power. The difference comes in with how they operate when there is power.

How do you open a sectional garage door if the spring is broken?

One thing you should do before trying to manually open the garage door is to determine the cause of the problem. In some cases, such as a jammed door or a lifting cable that has parted, it is obvious what the problem is or could be. For the purpose of this article we will be looking specifically in the event that you have a broken garage door spring. We will be discussing how to open a sectional garage door with a broken spring or springs.

Types of garage door springs

Garage door springs are the backbone of your garage door. If they break, you're in for some major headaches. But before we get into replacing them, let's take a look at what types of springs there are and how they work.