Replacing Garage Door Springs

A garage door will become malfunction for quite a few reasons, but one of the repeat faults that I observed most often is the broken garage door springs. These springs are used to counterbalance the 300 to 400 pounds garage door but unluckily the weight of the garage door does impose pressure on the springs over time and eventually causes them to break. It is essential to get your broken springs replaced as soon as they break down because it will cause serious injuries and gives you headaches that you don’t want to deal with. To read more about garage door springs, check the link

Life cycles of garage door springs:

The life cycle of garage door springs is rated in “cycles” which means how many times the springs will be ideal to use before it breaks. High-quality and durable springs are rated for almost 30,000 operating cycles depending on the operating mechanism of the garage door. Assuming that you have an efficient garage door that is opened and closed at least 6 times a day, it is expected that the springs get 11 years of useful life before they break.  

Types of garage door springs:

There are two common types of garage door springs installed on residential garage doors. One is extension springs and the other is torsion springs. An overhead garage door that has a larger torsion spring placed above the garage door along with a metal spindle running through it. During the opening and closing operations of the garage door, the torsion spring coil or uncoil on the metal spindle. They clamp up and down to generate or release the tension to support the garage door to open and close. Extension springs are typically mounted on either side of the garage door that stretches out and bounces back when the garage door moves like a bouncy ball.

Garage door springs repair:

You may be thinking that “how do I know if my garage door springs need replacement and what do I do to handle them? Some possible signs of broken garage door springs include the opener refuses to lift the garage door, you heard loud snap sounds, any strange sounds while operating your garage door, or it may be hanging at any angle. In case, your garage door has broken springs, I recommend that consult a professional, licensed, and experienced garage door technician for further assistance. The torsion springs which are placed under extreme tension need to be replaced carefully. The pressure of torsion springs should be released completely to avoid turning them into a potentially lethal object if they eventually break down. In addition to this, a garage door needs to be aligned properly to avoid causing additional damages to other components of a garage door.

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