Garage door springs come in two types – torsion springs and extension. For torsion, or “twisted” springs, they store mechanical energy that creates torque to the center shaft labove the center door. Once twisted, they attach to the cable drums on either end of the shaft, which are connected to the bottom bracket of the garage door.
When the center shaft spins, the cables on the cable drum wind and unwind to lift and lower the door. Contrary to this, extension springs are designed to stretch above and parallel to the horizontal tracks for the garage door.
Extension springs are anchored at the bottom bracket of the door, and they apply resistance when the spring stretches. They extend as the door closes, which creates mechanical energy that they can store to open the door again when needed.
These types of springs work independently as they balance the weight of the garage door, and if they lose balance it can cause wear and tear on other moving parts of your garage door system.
For springs, the main reason behind them breaking is due to common wear and tear. The garage door cycles up and down thousands of times a year, so it’s inevitable for the coils to lose their strength and eventually break.
A cycle in this context is the garage door either opening or closing, and for our competitors it’s likely you can run through their lifespan in a few short years. However, when installing springs through Hero Garage Doors we boast 10,000 cycles before you’ll need to replace them.
Another common cause of spring issues is rust from stored materials and outside moisture. The deterioration of a spring through rust corrosion can cause friction when winding through cycles. Luckily, this can be staved off through regular maintenance and lubrication.
While it’s inevitable for your springs to eventually break, it’s possible to greatly improve their lifespan by working with us to schedule maintenance and safety checks. We can make sure your garage door system is working the best it can, and when something needs replacing, you’ll know before it’s too late.
For a two-car garage door, it’s advised to have a two-spring system. Substituting this for a longer single spring may save some initial costs, but will significantly cut its lifespan.
The same applies when you choose to only replace one of your springs. It might seem like the cheaper alternative, but replacing both springs at once will cut future labor costs and trouble.
It’s not suggested that you replace garage door springs by yourself. There’s a massive amount of energy stored in springs that could cause a severe accident, or even death. It’s best to call for one of our skilled technicians, as we have the training and equipment to replace your springs easily and safely.
If you have a regularly-used residential door, it’s bound to need replacement every three to four years. At Garage Door Heros, we offer warranty options that fit a variety of lengths based on your need.
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The most common reason for a spring to break is simply wear and tear over time. As the door cycles up and down, the coils lose their strength and cause the spring to break. Most two car garages are opened and closed 6 to 8 times each day for a staggering 3,000 times a year! Quality springs with professional installation can support 10,000 cycles before they become ineffective and require replacement. Each cycle is the garage door opening or the garage door closing. It’s quite common to run through the utility of a spring in just a few years.
Rust is another common cause of spring fatigue. Stored chemicals and outside moisture can lead to this type of spring deterioration. Rust shortens a spring’s lifespan by corroding the metal and increasing the friction between the coils when winding. Stave off rust with regular preventative maintenance and lubrication. Check out our annual lube and safety inspection.
All springs eventually break. There’s no way out of it. But our maintenance and safety checks will prolong the life of your garage door springs and let you know when they are primed to break. Don’t wait for the springs to break at an inconvenient or dangerous moment; call us today to set up an annual safety and maintenance check.
It is recommended for all 2-car garage doors to have two springs. But when builders try to save money on the costs of installing a garage door, the spring is usually the first expense cut. Corner-cutting contractors will install an extra-long 1-spring system instead which significantly shortens the life of the spring.
The same can be said when you only replace one of your two springs. If one spring breaks, the other is not far behind. Replacing both springs at the time of repair will save you from doubling up on labor costs when the second springs breaks a little while later.
Replacing garage door springs is extremely dangerous due to the stored energy in a wound torsion spring or in an extended extension spring. Many garage door repairs require dismantling garage door parts that are part of the spring system.
The tension in a spring is powerful enough to throw you off of a ladder, break the window on your car, and land you in the Emergency Room. Many accidents, injuries and deaths occur each year to amateur, home-repairers who don’t have the proper tools or knowledge to safely disengage springs from the surrounding system. Call us today and let our certified technician’s fix your garage door problem.
The springs on regularly used residential garage doors fail every three to four years. Save money by selecting a warranty for your garage door. We offer multiple warranty lengths to match your needs.