Worried It’s The Spring?
Door Doctor cannot stress enough how dangerous the industrial-grade springs on your garage door can be. They may seem like mere tightly coiled metal that looks essentially harmless, but we can assure you that’s not the case.
What Do Springs Do?
They make the door less heavy for your garage door opener to tug up and down because there’s a certain level of shock resistance. The torsion spring helps to counteract the effect of gravity on the door itself and eases the weight of the door on the track and other functioning parts of your garage door. There are technically two separate types of springs: torsion springs (most common) and extension springs.
What Are Torsion Springs?
You’ll be able to tell if your garage door is equipped with torsion springs as they’re easily identifiable. They’re usually mounted directly above the door and, occasionally in older homes, you’ll find rear-mounted torsions, which may sit near the rear of the garage. Torsion springs should “balance the door.” The untrained eye can pick this out by merely evaluating if the door is sitting perfectly horizontal in relation to the ground. If one side is up farther than another, you have a good chance that one of your torsion springs might be broken.
Should I Address a Broken Spring?
If you don’t like the idea of paying replacement costs for your garage door opener instead of repair costs, then yes, you should be concerned. If a torsion spring issue isn’t fixed immediately, it’s like driving a car with one flat tire and three good ones — the others will wear out faster. In regard to springs, you’re really playing with fire if you try to ignore a potentially busted one, and this is especially true if you attempt to fix a torsion spring yourself.
What Are Extension Springs?
You’ll find an extension spring mounted above the entire garage door and track. They can be mounted both horizontally or vertically. It’s powered by the spring pulling the bulk of the door up.
How Long Do Springs Last?
In general, you can expect a garage door spring to last anywhere between seven and nine years, depending on the amount of use and abuse you put it through throughout those years. They like to round it out at around 10,000 cycles with four cycles a day. If you’re using your garage as your main point of entry, you can expect quite a bit less out of those springs. In fact, the life expectancy drops to just 4 to 6 years instead. At times, purchasing a bum spring from a bad supplier could result in a broken spring in only a year. This is rare, and should not happen. It generally means they gave you the wrong spring, and it cracked because it wasn’t properly sized for the tension it would be under.
After initial installation, you’ll need to invest in a check-up and rebalancing service after around two years of use. Past that, they’re based on being worth the money and therefore, they have decent longevity built in.
Contact Your Bonita Garage Door Opener Repair Experts
Don’t let your garage door opener and broken springs get the better of you. Take control of your day. Contact Door Doctor now and get everything repaired and replaced today so you don’t have to worry about it later.