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.

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

Garage Door Issues That Could Become Dangerous

Ignoring garage door issues is never a good idea. It is important to remember garage doors are more than just a convenience; they can also be dangerous if not maintained. You open and close your garage doors hundreds, even thousands, of times each year. If there are issues with your opening system or the doors themselves, it is important to get these problems resolved to avoid injury or damage to your property. Here are a few garage door issues that can become dangerous and require immediate attention. 

Bent Tracks

The tracks that hold your garage door in place as it goes up and down are important to your entire system. However, they can often be damaged. If you notice a track is dented or bent, you need to have it replaced. This can weaken the system, possibly allowing the door to fall during operation, endangering you, your family and your vehicles.

Old Springs

Springs need replacement on average about every 10,000 cycles. If you use your garage door 2-3 times a day, this is about every 4-5 years. Springs can fail without warning, allowing your door to come crashing down. Replace your old springs proactively for safety.

Unbalanced Doors

Your garage door should easily move up and down, even when you use manual operation. If your garage door is out of balance, it may be difficult to open your garage door manually. This could cause problems – it puts more stress and strain on your opening system and the door could also become unstable, slipping off the tracks. Get your door balanced for safety.

To prevent mishaps with your garage doors, schedule annual tune-ups and inspections. Your local garage door service company can perform a safety inspection and and complete any garage door repairs needed to keep your garage doors safe.

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

Avoid Costly Garage Door Repairs with These 3 Maintenance Tips

When a garage door slams down due to a broken spring or cable, it can cause expensive damage and require repair or replacement. Like most mechanical systems, garage doors and their openers need maintenance. Ignoring the needed care on your garage door system can lead to more costly garage door repairs. Here are three maintenance tips to help reduce the need for emergency repairs and save you money.

Inspect Your Garage Door Regularly

The best way to avoid an unexpected breakdown of your garage door system is preventive care. Inspecting your garage door and opener system can catch small issues before they become big problems. Inspect the tracks, rollers, garage door panels, cables and other hardware. Look for dents, rust, frayed cables or anything that might need replacement.

Keep Your Opening System Lubricated

The moving parts on your opening system need lubrication. Friction can cause wear and tear on the rollers, tracks, chains and spring. Check with your opener manufacturer care instructions for recommended lubrication.

Regular Tune-Ups

One of the best ways to avoid emergency garage door repairs and extend the life of your garage door system is with annual tune-ups. Your local garage door service company can service your opener, inspect all the hardware and your garage door. This preventive care can alert you to needed maintenance like cable, roller or springs replacement before they break and cause more expensive damage.

Preventive maintenance is one of the best ways to keep your garage door working and avoid unexpected repair calls. Schedule your next tune-up, inspection and lubrication of your opening system today with your local garage door service company.

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

What Is the Lifespan of a Torsion Spring?

Have you ever had a spring break on your garage door? It can happen at any time – while you are leaving for work or even in the middle of the night. Once the spring breaks, you may not be able to open your garage door, trapping your vehicles inside or out. If you have a torsion spring on your garage door, it is best to replace it before it breaks unexpectedly. So, how long is the lifespan of a torsion spring and when should you replace it?

Torsion springs are common in garage door opening systems. Without a working spring, the opener cannot do its job. Since torsion springs are extended when the door is closed, it is more likely to break when the door is shut. When it snaps, a loud cracking sound will occur, and your garage door will not open. The spring is used to easily move a door that weighs hundreds of pounds. Without it, the door is not mobile, and the spring will need to be replaced.

The lifespan of a torsion spring all depends on the amount of cycles it is rated to complete and how often it is used. The average cycle rate is about 10,000 cycles, but some higher quality garage door springs can be rated for two to three times that amount. If you open and close your door twice a day, an average spring can last about 10-15 years. The more often you use your garage door, the shorter the lifespan will be.

It is important to note the rating of cycles for your torsion spring and when it is installed. You can average the frequency of use to come up with a close estimate of when it should be replaced. When it is nearing its expected cycle amount, call your local garage door service to proactively replace your spring to avoid a breakdown of your garage door opening system.

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Habpro
The Garage Door Specialists
Snellville, GA 30039
(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

Is Your Garage Door Ready for Winter?

When it comes to winterizing your home, your garage door may be the last thing on your mind. After all, what does your garage door have to do with colder weather? You may not feel that way when you find yourself with a garage door that won’t open during a winter storm due to the electricity outage or when high winds destroy your door. Here are some tips to get your garage door ready for winter.

Tune Up Time

If you do nothing else, make sure you schedule a garage door opener tune up. If it has been over a year, it’s time. This can ensure all the parts are lubricated and in good condition. If you have a garage door spring garage door spring that is about ready to be sprung, get it proactively replaced before it leaves you stuck in or out of your garage.

Battery Backup

Talk to your garage door service about installing a battery backup for your garage door opener. Power outages are common during the winter months – don’t let them keep your vehicle outside in the worst weather.

Storm Doors

If you live in a cold region or an area susceptible to high wind storms, consider upgrading your garage door to a storm model. There are insulated doors that help conserve heat (they also keep your garage cooler in the summer). There are also wind resistant doors that can withstand hurricane force winds that can threaten your home.

Yes, your garage door should be on your winterizing list each year, at least for a tune-up. Upgrading to a better garage door with a battery backup will help protect your home and access for many years to come.

When Is the Last Time Your Garage Door Spring was Replaced?

Have you ever had the spring in your garage door go out? Garage door springs handle hundreds of pounds of weight thousands of times a year, making them a vital part of your garage door opening system. Unfortunately, there is no sign or warning before they fail. When the spring breaks, the door can slam closed if it is open or refuse to open. If possible, don’t wait for your spring to fail – proactively replace your garage door springs during maintenance.  Garage door springs are under a lot of pressure so this is one garage door repair that you should leave to a garage door service professional.

When to Replace Garage Door Springs

The average garage door spring will last for 10,000 cycles. However, this is not written in stone and different types may need replacing sooner. If you use your garage door twice a day, it cycles four times a day, over 1400 times a year, requiring replacement about every six years. If you use it more often, then you will need to replace your springs more frequently.

While you can wait for the spring to stop working or break, this can be inconvenient. You could be running late for work and realize your garage door won’t open, or come home with a car full of groceries and be stuck in the driveway. If possible, proactively replacing your garage door spring is the best option. It can save you the inconvenience of being locked in or out of your garage until a service technician arrives.

As part of your regular maintenance, have your garage door service company replace your spring when it gets close to its lifespan. It is worth the peace of mind to avoid the danger and inconvenience of a failed spring at the wrong time.

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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

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.

Posted on behalf of Legacy Garage Doors