4 Things to Know About Garage Door Springs

The spring on your garage door is what allows you to open and close this large door with ease. Garage doors weigh hundreds of pounds and without a spring to mitigate this heavy weight, it would take some strength to pull it up and keep gravity from slamming it shut. Heavy-duty springs are the workhorse of a garage door system – knowing the basics about these springs can help you maintain your garage door and opening system. Here are four things you should know about your garage door spring.

  1. Torsion and extension springs. Garage doors either have torsion or extension springs. Most garage doors with an opening system have torsion springs that wind and recoil to release energy to move the door.
  2. Torsion springs wear out. The continuous winding of the torsion spring wears out the material over time. Eventually, the spring will break, often without warning. When this happens, the garage door will no longer be easy to open.
  3. Cycles for springs. You can gauge how soon a spring will wear out on the number of cycles (opening and closing). Most torsion springs will last about 20,000 cycles, so the more times per day you use it, the quicker it will need replacement.
  4. Replacement. You can wait until a spring breaks to replace it, but then you may be stuck until it can be replaced. Proactive replacement is best, but never attempt to do this yourself as it can be dangerous. Leave spring replacements to a garage door professional.

Garage door springs make life easier and require little maintenance to work day in and day out. Just perform annual service on your opening system and keep the system lubricated to reduce stress on your spring to make it last longer.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

What Type of Spring Do You Want for Your Garage Door?

When choosing a new garage door, there are many options to choose from, from safety and security features to design and functionality. One of the choices you will need to make is the type of spring you will have in your garage door opener. Both torsion and extension springs are used in garage doors to support the weight as they open and close. Which one is right for you?

Extension Springs

Tilt-up garage or one-piece garage doors often use extension springs, but they can be used on roll-up or sectional doors as well. These springs are located on the sides of the garage door and extend as the door is lifted. Most residential doors with extension springs will have two, one on each side of the door to counterbalance the weight of the door as it opens and closes. Commercial doors may have more than two springs to accommodate the weight.

Extension springs are usually less expensive than torsion springs, but they do have some drawbacks. If a spring breaks, they can fly loose, creating a safety hazard. There are kits that can be added to contain extension springs when they break, but often need to be bought separately.

Torsion Springs

For most roll-up, sectional residential doors, torsion springs are recommended. They can handle the weight and distribute it evenly, with one large assembly, without risk of flying off if they break. The door may not be easy to open when the spring breaks, but the spring will stay in place. However, they can be more expensive than extension springs.

Talk to your garage door professional to determine which spring type is right for your new garage door. Each type has different options and styles to choose from to meet different functional needs.

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Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
770-985-3355

How Old Is Your Garage Door Spring?

If you don’t know the answer to, “How old is your garage door spring?”, it may be time to find out. Like all mechanical devices, garage door openers and their working parts wear out and need maintenance and service. Most garage door springs will last several years with normal wear and tear. However, you don’t want to wait until your spring breaks in the middle of the night to find out it needs to be replaced. You could end up with your vehicle stuck in your garage until a garage door service can replace your spring.

When a garage door spring snaps, it can be dangerous. Most garage doors weight a few hundred pounds and a snapped spring could allow your door to crash down on your vehicle, or worse, you or someone in your family. Because of the high tension and risk of injury, springs should be replaced by a professional that has the experience and training to safely remove the spring and install a new one.

The best way to avoid a surprise garage door spring break is to have your garage door regularly serviced. A maintenance service will ensure your door is balanced, that all sensors are working correctly, parts are lubricated, and a full inspection can be performed on the entire system, including the spring. If this is done annually, your garage door service company can recommend when the spring should be replaced before it breaks on its own. This can save you the inconvenience of having your garage door malfunction at an inopportune time or cause injury or damage when the spring breaks unexpectedly.

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Dacula, GA 30019
(770) 985-3355

Maintaining Your Garage Door Springs

If you have ever had your garage door spring break, you know it can be a highly inconvenient situation. In one quick snap, your garage door goes from easily sliding up and down to virtually immobile. While all springs will eventually need replacement, there are ways to increase the life of your spring through regular maintenance. By taking care of your garage door spring, you can prevent most spring failures from catching you off guard. 

Basic Garage Door Spring Maintenance

Garage door springs are designed to safely allow your door to easily open and close with minimal impact on the opening device. Most springs have an expectant lifespan of 10,000 cycles of opening and closing. However, if not maintained properly, this life-span can be cut drastically short. A few basic maintenance tips to get the most time and cycles from your garage door springs include: 

  • Balancing your door. A poorly balanced door will create excess wear on your spring. Make sure your door is balanced correctly to allow for easier movement up and down the tracks.
     
  • Prevent rust. A rusty spring will not last long; the rust causes both the spring and the coil to weaken and become more likely to break. Lubricating the spring every few months can keep rust away.
     
  • Garage door tune-ups. A properly functioning garage door lessens the wear and tear on your spring. Schedule a tune-up with your local garage door repair company each year to ensure all parts are in good working order.
     
  • Preventive replacement. If your spring lasts for 10,000 cycles, opening two to four times a day, it will last for about five to seven years. Instead of waiting for the inevitable, consider replacing your spring once it approaches or has passed this mark. Consult your garage door service technician during annual tune-ups about when you should replace your spring.

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Is Your Garage Door Spring Ready To Be Replaced?

One of the most common reasons for emergency calls to garage door service companies is spring failure. If you happen to be home when your spring goes out, you most likely will hear its final demise. Commonly, a large snap or cracking sound will reverberate through the garage and house at the moment the spring breaks. Once broken, the door will be very difficult and hazardous to open; it’s not advisable try to do this on your own. Needless to say, a broken spring can make for a bad day, which is why proactively servicing springs and replacing them as needed is a better option. 

Regular Spring Maintenance

Most garage door torsion springs will last between 7-10 years, depending on how well they are maintained and how much use they see. These heavy-duty springs help lift and lower several hundreds of pounds of garage door a few times a day in many households. To increase the life of your spring, you should make sure it is subjected to regular maintenance, along with the rest of your garage door system. 

Torsion springs need to be properly adjusted in order to work safely. If a spring gets out of alignment, it can cause extra strain on the spring and possibly damage your garage door or opening system. Your spring’s adjustment should be checked regularly, along with an inspection to ensure it’s still in good working order. 

It’s also important to remember that springs only have so many cycles they’re designed to handle before they finally will snap. The more times you open and close your door per day, the shorter the life of the spring. If you have had the same spring for over seven years, you can expect that it will break at some point, because no garage door spring is capable of lasting forever. Instead of waiting for it to break and cause you a major inconvenience, proactively replace your springs as advised by your local garage door service company.

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SAFE Garage Door Tips For Children

Garage doors can be fascinating for kids; anything that moves up and down at the push of a button can draw their attention. However, garage doors are not toys and can be extremely dangerous to a child. Weighing hundreds of pounds with many moving parts, garage doors can easily become the source of injury to a child if safety precautions are not followed in your home. With summer ahead, many garage doors will be left open while doing home projects, so now is a good time to review some SAFE garage door tips. 

  • Spring inspection. Your garage door springs are one of the most dangerous components of your door system. If the spring breaks unexpectedly while the door is open, it can come crashing down, causing injury. Make sure to have your springs regularly inspected and replaced as needed by a garage door professional.
     
  • Adjust sensors. Your garage door opener most likely has safety laser sensors to ensure that the door does not close on objects below. Adjust your sensors to ensure they are properly aligned and working correctly.
     
  • Fingers need to stay clear. Make sure that children are not touching cables or any parts of the garage door, especially when it is opening or closing. It only takes a second for a finger or hand to get caught and seriously injured.
     
  • Educate children on garage door safety. Kids need to know not to play with or around garage doors. Garage door openers should be at least five feet off the ground; however, the best solution is to keep kids away from playing around garage doors altogether. 

As useful and convenient as a garage door system is, it can be dangerous, especially to kids when safety precautions are not followed. Take the time this spring to have your garage door inspected and tuned-up by your local garage door service professional.

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Preventing Your Garage Door Spring From Becoming Sprung

If you own a garage with a overhead garage door, it’s only a matter of time before the spring, or springs, eventually fail. Considering that most garage doors are opened and closed at least twice a day, these springs are in constant use, under high weight and pressure. Unfortunately, if you wait for the spring to break, your vehicle could be stuck inside your garage until you can have it replaced. 

Preventive Spring Maintenance And Replacement

 The best way to avoid getting stuck with a sprung garage door spring is to have annual maintenance performed on your garage door. Just like any mechanical device, regular maintenance can help your garage door last longer, including the spring. By keeping all the moving parts in good working order, you reduce the stress on the spring, making it last longer. Annual maintenance should include: 

  • Lubrication. Rollers, hinges, roller tracks and latches should all be kept lubricated to keep the garage door moving smoothly. Garage door opener chains or screws may also need lubrication.
     
  • Hardware. Garage door hardware should be tightened if needed, such as nuts, bolts and screws.
     
  • Balance. Your door needs to be balanced to work properly. An unbalanced door can put extra strain on your spring.
     
  • Spring inspection. As part of the annual tune-up, your garage door service company can inspect your spring for wear. Instead of waiting for the spring to break, have your spring replaced once they begin to sag or show other signs of wear. 

No one wants to hear the distinct sound of a garage door spring breaking. Schedule a garage door tune-up service with your local garage door company annually to prolong the life of your garage springs and have them replaced before they break.

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Garage Door Spring Replacement

Garage door springs are an essential element to make automatic garage doors open and close. The springs are used to counterbalance the weight of the heavy garage door to make it easy for the motor to open and close the door easily. The springs are equally balanced by the weight of the door. For instance, a door that weighs 150 pounds will require a spring force of 150 pounds to pull against the door. Balancing garage door springs can be very dangerous because of the tension applied on the spring when it is stretched. It is always, ALWAYS best to call a garage door specialist when any part of your garage door needs to be repaired because most repairs involve replacing or adjusting the garage door springs. Many accidents, injuries, and deaths have occurred from do-it-yourself home repairs. 

Torsion springs are used to balance a garage door by applying torque to the shaft with drums at each end. A cable is attached to each drum and extends to the bottom fixture at the bottom of the door where it is secured. In order to have a balanced system, the torsion spring must unwind and wind as the garage door opens and closes. Extension springs are typically mounted along the sides of the garage door or above the horizontal tracks. These springs stretch and contract as the door opens and closes to counterbalance the weight of the door. Whenever there is damage to a spring or cable, there is a high possibility that a cable could snap or that the door could fall. Because of this risk, only a trained and licensed professional should handle any type of garage door spring repairs

A garage door spring replacement is often essential whenever a garage door is not functioning properly. However, it is important to know that this repair is a highly dangerous one and should be left to the professionals. Call your local garage door repair company for any assistance that your garage door needs.

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Serious Signs That Your Garage Door Needs Service

Your garage door is a rather complicated system made up of several components and moving parts.

While you do not need to become a garage door expert, it’s a good idea that you become familiar with the most common signs that your garage door seriously requires repair.

Is Your Garage Door Uneven?

A garage door that is an uneven or lopsided while descending or ascending is definitely in need of repair. The possible causes range from broken or frayed springs to a seriously worn torsion spring. Severe injury can result from improperly repairing or replacing torsion springs. It is highly recommended to allow a trained garage door technician to service your garage door, especially garage door spring repairs

Does Your Garage Door Make Strange or Loud Noises?

Strange, loud noises are one of the first signs that there is something wrong or broken with your garage door. Pinpointing the origin of your garage door’s noise can be a challenge. A trained technician can inspect your door, locate the noise, and repair the problem.

Will Your Garage Door Just Not Open?

Your garage door’s failure to open can be the result of various problems. However, here are a couple of basic factors for you to consider, if your garage door won’t open. Ask yourself the following two questions:

  1. Is your garage door uneven in the track?
  2. Did you hear any strange or unusual noises coming from your garage door before it malfunctioned?

If your answer to either of the above two questions is “yes,” then it is recommended for you to call a professional to repair your garage door.

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Repairing Broken Garage Door Springs

Do-it-yourself home repairs and renovations are all the rage right now. There are entire television networks dedicated solely to DIY projects, but that doesn’t mean that all projects are created equal. Unless you’re a licensed professional with extensive experience, there are some projects you just shouldn’t attempt on your own. 

One such project is the repair of broken torsion or extension springs on your garage door. The springs that help your door open and close are under an enormous amount of tension. Torsion springs especially are tightly wound and potentially dangerous, especially to the inexperienced homeowner attempting to make a repair. Not only could you cause significant injury to yourself in the event of an attempted repair gone awry, but also anyone standing in close proximity. Attempting to repair broken garage door springs may also lead to more significant damage to the door itself. In the end, DIY garage door spring repairs can be much more expensive that simply calling a professional from the outset. 

Because torsion spring repairs and replacements are considered very dangerous, it’s often difficult for a non-licensed individual to obtain the correct replacement springs. Working with a professional garage door installation and repair technician ensures not only your safety, but also that you’ll be able to get the right parts for the job. If you suspect that your garage door is in need of repair, be sure to contact a competent technician in your area to ensure that repairs are conducted in a safe and timely manner. Your local garage door installation and repair professional is trained and equipped to handle this dangerous repair, and to do so in a way that mitigates risk to your person or property.