Does Your Garage Door Spring Need Replacing?

When was the last time your garage door spring was replaced? If you have owned a garage door with an automatic opener for more than five years and never replaced your spring, there is a good chance that it is due. Springs wear out and when they do, your garage door can be almost useless. Here is how to determine if it is time to have your spring replaced on your garage door before it breaks and leaves you without a working door.

Garage door springs are designed to perform a certain number of cycles. This number can change depending on the type of spring you have. If you have the make and model of spring, you can check with the manufacturer to find out the average number of cycles. However, most springs average about 10,000 cycles before they should be replaced. If you use your garage door every day, this means about seven years. If you tend to use it twice a day or more, that is over a 1,500-cycles per year, giving you about five years of use or less.

The problem with garage door springs is there is no good way to tell when the spring is about to break. And when it does break, you can have difficulty opening your garage door, or worse, the spring can break when you are using it. It is best to proactively have it replaced to avoid breaks when it is unexpected. Your local garage door service company can replace your spring and tune-up your garage door opener – this is not a DIY repair and should only be performed by a professional for your safety.

Posted on behalf of: 
Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

Broken Garage Door Springs

If your garage door opener is straining to open your garage door or if the garage door seems heavier than it used to be, you may have a broken garage door spring.   An overhead garage door can weigh a hundred pounds or more which would be difficult for a standard garage door opener to lift and very difficult from most people to lift manually.  This is why garage doors rely on torsion springs or extension springs to assist with opening and closing the garage door.  These heavy duty springs help the door open and close easily and operate smoothly.

When a garage door spring breaks, the garage door will become much more difficult to open and can jam in the tracks.  It is very important to have a broken garage door spring replaced to avoid burning out your garage door opener.  Garage door spring replacement is job best left to a garage door specialist.  Garage door springs are under very high pressure and can cause severe injuries if not handled properly.  Attempting to replace a garage door spring is very dangerous and should be left to the professionals.

In addition, garage door springs are made in different sizes and strengths to fit different garage doors.  Your garage door service professional has the knowledge and experience to choose the proper size springs for your garage door and safely install the new springs.

Garage doors generally have two springs –  one for each side of the door.  In most cases, only one of the springs is broken, but you should consider replacing both springs at the same time.  An old garage door spring will lose some strength over time and replacing only one spring can result in uneven lifting force that can cause the garage door to bind or jam in the tracks.  Also, if one spring breaks, the other spring is probably going to break soon.  Replacing both springs at the same time will avoid future spring repairs and help your garage door operate smoothly.

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Habpro
The Garage Door Specialist

What To Do When Your Garage Door Won’t Open

It never seems to fail — you are either running late or you are on your way to an important appointment, and something unexpected happens to set you behind. When that something unexpected is that your garage door won’t open, do you know what to do? 

If your answer was to call a trusted, licensed garage door company — that is correct. Many accidents, injuries, and deaths occur each year in the United States from faulty garage door operation. Single garage doors can weigh upwards of 200 pounds, double that for larger doors. Skill and knowledge of how garage doors operate is essential to repairing a garage door. Garage doors function from adjustable travel and force settings. When these setting are out of whack, a garage door can become jarred and stuck. The door must be properly balanced in order to set the force setting correctly, and this is where the professionals come in. 

The most common reason for a garage door to not open is that one or more of the springs has been broken. If you have tried to manually open your door but have found that it is difficult or impossible, don’t force it. Forcing the door open can cause further damage, and can lead to serious injury. A professional garage door company can replace your springs in a relatively short amount of time. They have the knowledge needed to rebalance the door, put it back on track, replace broken garage door springs — while also preventing any injury to themselves. 

Yes, you may be late to a meeting or miss an appointment, but the safety of you and your family depends on knowing what to do when your garage door won’t open. Call the experts, and let them use their training and skills to safely and efficiently repair your garage door.

Posted on behalf of Habpro

Garage Door Spring Replacement

Typical garage doors can weigh up to 300 pounds or more, depending upon the size as well as the material used in the door.  All garage doors use springs to support the weight of the door and the springs are tightened and loosened as the garage door undergoes tens of thousands of opening and closing cycles.  Basically the springs exert a force equal to the weight of a garage door, making the door effectively weighing nothing when the door is opened.  Although very durable, eventually these springs will wear out and break from use.   When this happens, it is still possible to open the door, however you will be lifting the full weight of the door. 

Garage doors use either torsion springs or extension springs to support the weight of the door.  Although they do the same thing the springs are located in different places, with torsion springs being located at the top of the garage door, while extension springs are located on the sides of the door.  

Replacement of either type of spring should be done by a licensed and insured garage door contractor for a number of reasons.  The main reason is because of safety.  Garage door springs are under a great deal of tension during and after the installation process.  The correct installation is required in order to avoid serious injury or even death.  In addition, often there are specialized tools required to add tension to the spring once installed.  A qualified and highly trained technician will be able to install these springs quickly economically and most importantly safely!

Posted on behalf of Legacy Garage Doors

Troubleshooting Garage Door Problems

Both your garage door and garage door opener have many parts that can break or malfunction. But before you pick up the phone and call a professional garage door repair company, it’s always a good idea to have a sense of what the problem is and what needs to be done to fix it. 

Here are some common problems with garage doors and their possible remedies: 

Problem:  The garage door squeaks when opening and closing. 

Remedy:  If you notice an unusual squeaking noise outside the regular clattering sound of the door opening and closing, the door may just need to be lubricated. This is a job most people can do themselves with a lubricant like WD-40. Just apply the lubricant to the wheels and metal track, wait a few minutes and then open and close the door a few times to lubricate the entire system. If the squeaking persists, call a garage door repair specialist to diagnose the problem, as it may be an indication of worn springs. 

Problem: The garage door won’t open or close. 

Remedy: If the garage door is not moving at all and you have an electric door opener, chances are the opener is not working properly. It’s highly possible the opener needs to be reprogrammed, repaired or replaced. 

Problem: The garage door opens and closes, but jolts and moves slowly. 

Remedy: If the garage door sticks a lot when opening or closing, the metal rollers and hinges might need to be lubricated or the tracks may be dirty, clogged or misaligned. If you’re handy, you can try lubricating the parts yourself or try to straighten out the metal tracks with a hammer. If the problem persists, however, it could indicate a bigger issue and you may need to call a pro. 

Problem:  When the garage door is released, it falls. 

Remedy:  If the door does not remain in position once released, this is an indication of a damaged spring. Unless you are a very experienced DIY person, you should not attempt to do a garage door spring replacement yourself. It is very dangerous, as garage door springs are under a great deal of tension and if they break, you might lose an eye or hand.

Garage Door Springs Basic Information

Modern overhead garage doors rely on springs to help make opening and closing the door safe and easy.  Garage doors can weigh between 100 lbs and 400 lbs and would be difficult or impossible to open without the assistance of the garage door springs.  In addition, without the springs, a closing garage door could cause serious, potentially fatal injuries to anyone trapped under the door.

Garage door springs store energy as the door closes and releases that energy as the door is opened.  Extension springs and torsion springs are the two common types of garage door springs.  Extension springs are mounted along the horizontal garage door tracks and store energy by extending as the door is closed.  They contract again when the garage door is opened.  Torsion springs mount along the top of the door opening.  Torsion springs coil and uncoil as the garage door is opened and closed.

When the springs are properly adjusted, even the heaviest garage doors can be manually opened with ease.  To check if your garage door springs are properly adjusted, disengage the door from the automatic garage door opener and manually open the door halfway.  When you release the door, it should remain in the half-opened position.  If the door continues to open, the spring tension is too high.  If the door starts closing, then the spring tension is too low.

In either case, have the garage door springs adjusted by a qualified garage door technician.  Garage door springs are under tremendous tension and can easily cause a serious injury.  Your garage door technician will have the training and experience to safely adjust your garage door springs to the proper tension.

Why Do Garage Door Springs Break?

Overhead garage doors use lift assist springs to help open the door.  Garage doors are much heavier than most people realize.  A single garage door can weigh 100 pounds and double garage doors can weigh 200 pounds or more.  Without the lift assist springs, the garage door would be very difficult if not impossible for a homeowner to open by hand.

Garage door springs are placed under very high loads every time the garage door is closed.  Depending on your family’s usage habits, a garage door might be opened and closed 500 to 1,000 times per year.  Each opening and closing is called a cycle and the metal in the spring is fatigued slightly during each cycle.  After a certain number of cycles, the spring will fail.

Most garage door springs will last between 5 and 10 years depending on the quality of the steel in the spring, the size of the spring, and the garage door opening and closing habits of the homeowner and their family.  When one garage door spring fails, both springs should be replaced by an experienced garage door technician.  The non-broken spring will not be as strong as the new spring and the door could become unbalanced.  In addition, when one spring fails, the second spring is usually not far behind.  Having both springs replaced together will help the door operate smoothly and avoid a second service call by your garage door repair technician.

Never try to replace or repair a garage door spring yourself.  Garage door springs are under tremendous pressure and the force of a suddenly released spring can maim or kill.  Garage door technicians have the training and experience in garage door service and repair to safely handle garage door spring.

Garage Door Spring Changes-Do You Really Need Those Extra Parts?

If you overhead garage door isn’t working and you’ve determined that you have a broken garage door spring, here is some important information to help keep you from getting ripped off. Garage door springs are eventually going to wear out and break from usage. Generally the springs supplied by the garage door manufacturer are rated for 10,000 cycles, so depending on how many times a day you open and close your garage door you can do the math and determine the life expectancy of your garage door springs.

With that being said most of the other components on your overhead garage door are very reliable and are seldom a cause for a garage door repair. If your garage door installation was properly executed then most of the other moving parts on your overhead door seldom if ever need replacement.

Getting to the point, many garage door repair companies today have slashed the cost of replacement garage door springs so much that the only way they can turn a profit is to sell you additional replacement garage door parts whether you need them or not.   A reputable local garage door repair company will sell new replacement garage door springs only and not try to sell you a bunch of extra parts that virtually never wear out. Garage door cable drums for example are often sold as a way of making extra profits and I can assure you that unless a set screw is stripped or the casting is cracked they virtually never need replacement. Furthermore with little exception if your cable drum is damaged it’s due to improper handling or installation. Garage door torsion spring shafts are also sold usually un-necessarily as another means of additional profits.  Torsion spring bearings do occasionally wear out and will need to be replaced and the wear is obvious so if you are in doubt ask to inspect the alleged worn parts.  Overhead garage door hinges will occasionally break but not often and again the need to replace them is visually evident.

When you need replacement garage door springs for your overhead door don’t be afraid to speak up, ask questions and protect your hard earned money from the garage door rip off artists.

Garage Door Repair-Always Check Your Cables

When you hire a garage door repair company to fix your overhead door or automatic garage door opener you want to make sure that the repair company you contract with checks out your entire garage door especially the garage door cables.

An overhead garage door is simply put a counterbalance system which allows you the homeowner or your automatic garage door opener to effortlessly lift the garage door.

The power or torque from the garage door springs acts to counterbalance the weight of your garage door and this transfer of power is accomplished through the use of your garage door cables. Whether your garage door has extension springs or torsion type springs the weight of your overhead door is lifted via the garage door cables.

Depending on the size of your garage door and construction this weight can vary from as little as 50 pounds to 600 pounds which makes the condition of your garage door cables extremely important. That’s why whenever your garage door is repaired you want to make sure your garage door repair company checks your cables for wear and tear.

Garage door cables are usually constructed of stranded galvanized wire and are constantly rolling under-load from the garage door weight over metal surfaces that create friction and wear. This kind of load and wear will over time cause you garage door cable to fray and eventually break in two. When you garage door cable frays it will cause the door to become crooked when operating and prematurely wear other components and damage your garage door or opener.

Garage door cables also corrode and will create the need for a garage door repair.

Garage Door Springs Require Replacement

Garage door springs much like your car tires, brakes or shoes for that matter routinely wear out and need to be replaced. Replacement garage door springs whether they are torsion springs, extension springs or a Wayne-Dalton Torquemaster spring system will eventually with usage wear out and when they do you’ll have a broken garage door spring.

Every time your overhead garage door opens and closes it completes 1 cycle. The springs on your overhead garage door are rated in life cycles usually a minimum of 10,000 cycles and when they reach their life expectancy at bear minimum will become weak and not lift your garage door properly but in most cases they’ll break. When you garage door spring is broken and your automatic garage door opener won’t lift the garage door and your garage will be in-accessible.

The longer you remain in your home and the more often you use your garage door the more likely you’ll need replacement garage door springs installed. If you use your overhead door 5 times or more a day on average you might want to consider having your garage door repair company install longer life garage door springs for your overhead door.

Usually the cost of replacement garage door springs will vary from market to market and you can expect a range of 150.00 to 300.00 for standard 10,000 cycle garage door springs and an upcharge of 40-100. The upcharge will vary depending on the increase in life cycles of your garage door springs.

When you hire a garage door repair company be sure to have them check your entire garage door and automatic opener as a broken garage door spring can damage the garage door opener.