Replacing Broken Garage Door Springs
Garage door springs are a key part in your entire garage door system, and when they break, it’s time to call a professional. Rockstar Garage Door Services will provide same day service as well as emergency service 24/7 for all of your broken spring repair needs.
What are the types of garage door springs?
There are two general types of springs: torsion and extension.
Torsion springs are typically found in the average roll-up style of garage doors and are mounted to the header wall above the garage door. These types of springs tend to be the safer option because they are contained on a shaft which will prevent any flying pieces from hitting you if the spring does break. When your garage is in the closed position or almost in the closed position, it is most prone to breaking since that is when the spring is under the strongest load. Although you can never predict exactly when the springs will break, you can estimate how long they are going to last and plan ahead.
Extension springs on the other hand are becoming less common today as they are found in the tilt-up style of garage doors. There are always two extension springs with that type of garage door, as one is needed on each side of the door in order to raise and lower it evenly. When the door is lowering, these springs stretch to their maximum length which puts a tremendous amount of force on the spring itself over time. If your extension springs were to break, it can be extremely dangerous as these springs can cause a lot of damage.
How long do garage door springs last?
The length of time your springs will last is based on the amount of cycles (with one cycle being opening and closing your garage door). A new garage door spring will usually last around 10,000 cycles. If you’re opening and closing your door four times a day, that will measure out to around seven years time for your springs to last. Each time you use the garage door, it puts stress on the springs, so the more you use the door, the more you’ll shorten their lifespan. Another contributor to shorter lifespans of garage door springs is rust which causes friction and weakens the coils. If you keep the springs lubricated, that can help prevent some of the corrosion.
How to fix broken garage door springs
If you are experiencing broken garage door springs, the first and only thing you need to do is call a professional. This is not a task you can or should tackle alone, as it can be extremely dangerous to handle these garage door components. Rockstar Garage Door Services has a team of highly trained technicians who have been working with garage door springs for many years and know exactly what to look for, which parts are necessary and how to safely fix any issues.
Planning ahead – replace garage door springs before they break
If you currently have a garage door with springs that are in working condition, you are in an excellent place to plan ahead. We offer a multipoint safety inspection that is recommended annually to address any sprouting issues or concerns about your garage. This inspection includes lubrication and rebalancing which can help lengthen the life of your existing springs. We can give you an estimate on the length of time you have left on your garage door springs as well in case you would prefer to fix that before the time is too late. Please give us a call today to schedule your free estimate!