Are you hearing a loud banging sound and your garage door only opens a few inches? The issue here could be a broken spring. The springs help to balance the door, and when broken, you, your car and everything else in your garage become trapped as the door is too heavy to lift. The garage door spring can fail for various reasons:
- Aging of the Spring – Garage doors are heavy to lift and require an almost daily operation. The springs are used to open and close the garage door. Over time the wear and tear adds up, causing metal fatigue, weakening, and eventually, the spring may snap.
- Spring Corrosion – Even if the springs are not old, you can experience corrosion from dirt, water, and dust, causing the spring to become weak and brittle. It is advised to check your springs regularly for signs of corrosion.
- Improper Installation – You can experience spring failure because of incorrect installation, which is why you should use a reputable organization with experience in garage door installation.
- Poor Maintenance – If you are interested in having your garage door working perfectly and expanding its lifespan, maintenance is necessary. Regular checks on lubrication and internal mechanisms can reduce the chance of a broken spring experience.
- Manufacturing Mistakes – Though these errors are rare, a spring can break if it is not in good shape due to a mistake during the production phase. You may not notice, but a garage door repair service can pick it up immediately.
What Happens When the Springs Break?
The garage door springs have a certain lifespan, which depends on how much the garage door is used. The spring typically lasts about seven to 10 years. When the springs break, the tension from the garage door is released and it can no longer hold the door’s weight.
Our Garage Door Spring Repair Best Practices
We believe in sticking to industry best practices to ensure that you have a safe and reliable experience with any spring servicing we do. What does that look like? Check out the various elements below.
Replacing Both Springs
Replacing the springs is not a DIY project. It can be difficult and dangerous. The task is best left to the professionals who can handle the job at hand. Replacing one spring can cause the door to be misaligned, and it can also cause the second spring to break shortly after.
Using the Right Springs
Garage door spring replacement is one of the most common door repairs we get calls to do. Our certified technicians travel with all the necessary fixtures as the springs need to be measured to ensure that they fit the garage door properly. Utilizing the wrong spring size in a replacement can damage the door and the opener. We use high-quality and high-cycle garage door springs that last for many years and can yield approximately 10,000 cycles.
We always begin the job with a comprehensive safety inspection. In doing so, we want to ensure that all hardware elements on the garage door are working effectively. This course of action contributes to the combined safety of you and our technicians.
Garage Door Extension Springs
Extension springs are typically mounted on both sides of the garage door with a safety cable that runs through the middle of the spring, which prevents it from breaking and swinging around. They are connected by a series of pulleys at the back section of the door.
The energy needed to open the garage door while the pulley does the lifting comes from the extension springs. When these parts are damaged or improperly installed, the garage door cannot function effectively.
Advantages of Extension Springs
- Less expensive to acquire
- Extension springs don’t use a lot of overhead space because they’re located on the side of the door
Disadvantages of Extension Springs
- Less durability than torsion springs
- Though there is redundancy, the door still becomes mostly inoperable with a single spring
Garage Door torsion Springs
Torsion springs are horizontally mounted above the garage down opening on either end of the drums. The drums assist by wrapping around the spring cables on the bottom half of the door.
Whenever the torsion spring breaks, the connected cables become loose and pull away from the drums. If these are damaged, the system cannot effectively operate.
Advantages of Torsion Springs
Torsion springs are:
• Durable as they last for a long time
• Good value for money
Disadvantages of Torsion Springs
• More expensive than extension springs
• Offer no redundancy, as there is a single spring
Replacing Extension Springs with Torsion
Our team is well-versed in spring replacement. Any homeowner with extension springs installed can request a switch to torsion springs. We may also make the recommendation if we see where it is necessary. Note that there is also a spring type known as a torque spring. It uses an incredibly flexible and electric design. When twisted, it expands torque in the opposite direction. These tend to be installed with Wayne Dalton doors.
What Not to Do After the Springs Break
After the spring breaks, never attempt to lift the door manually or with the help of an electrical opener. Not having a working spring setup makes the door extremely heavy and hard to move. It can cause harm to your body if you attempt to lift it. The opener, if used, can likely strain the motor causing it to burn out.
The Dangers of Replacing the Garage Door Springs Yourself
Since the springs are typically under a great deal of tension, if you attempt to lift the door, they can unwind, resulting in loss of life or limbs. The spring should never be touched or adjusted by persons who are not trained or do not have the right tools.
Our experienced and trained technicians can handle broken or worn springs. Spring replacement is a point of expertise for us, and as professionals, we comply with all safety regulations. Capital Garage Door Repair guarantees to provide you with licensed technicians who have years of experience. While you could opt for a less reputable source, investing in professional services saves you money in the long run. It also prevents damage to other garage door components.