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Garage Door Spring Replacement

A garage door will become malfunction for quite a few reasons but one of the repeat offenders that I noticed most often is the “broken garage door springs”. These springs are used on garage doors as a balancing mechanism to make 500 to 600 pounds weighted doors easy to move and open.

Unfortunately, the heavyweight of the garage door does take a toll on the hardware especially on springs with the passage of time and can cause them to fail. It is essential that install a torsion garage door spring to replace the old extension spring as soon as possible because torsion springs are more efficient.

The life cycle of springs:

The life span of garage door springs is typically rated in “cycles”. It means how many times the springs will be usable before they need to be replaced. The premium quality springs are rated for 30,000 operating cycles or more. Suppose, you have a well-functional garage door that is opened and closed about 6 times a day, then you can expect to get 7 years of the useful working life of springs before they need to be replaced.

Types of garage door springs:

There are two basic types of garage door springs used on the overhead garage doors: torsion springs and extension springs. If your garage door has torsion springs, they are complicated to handle. There are typically torsion springs placed above the opening of the garage door with a metal spindle running throughout it. When the garage door goes up or down the torsion spring clamps down on the steel rod or spindle, generating or releasing the tension to support the garage door to run. Extension springs of a garage door are mounted on either side of the garage door that stretches out and bounces back as the garage door runs.

Garage door spring repair work:

Definitely, you may be thinking, “how do I determine if the torsion springs on my garage door are broken and what do I do to fix them?” you might hear that the garage door opener is responsible for the lifting and lowering process of the garage door. It’s wrong; they are springs that are responsible for the lifting and lowering process of the garage door.

You might hear a loud sound while operating your garage door or your garage door is hanging at an angle. It is a clear sign that your garage door spring gets broken. In this situation, I strongly recommend that hire a licensed, trained, and experienced garage door expert for help. The torsion springs are under high pressure that needs to be released with care to avoid turning the springs into a potentially lethal object. Furthermore, the garage door needs to be balanced correctly after installing the springs to avoid causing additional damages to the garage door opener or garage door.