Broken garage door springs can really ruin your day. This is especially true when your car is trapped inside of your garage. However, with the proper care and maintenance your garage door springs will have a full and functional life. The professional staff at AGS – A Garage Door Service, wants to help you get the most out of your garage door springs. We are dedicated to helping our customers avoid situations like broken springs. Our garage door technicians are standing by to help you service your garage door and springs.
Everyone with a garage should understand how their garage door functions. This allows you to understand what causes broken garage door springs and how to prevent springs from breaking. To fully understand why some springs break, we must first understand more about the garage door springs themselves.
A garage door is very heavy. Springs are used to counterbalance the weight of the door to make it easier to open and close. They provide so much support to your garage door that your garage door opener will be unable to open or shut the door without them. You should never try to open a garage door that has a broken spring or attempt to repair the broken spring by yourself. Both of these actions are extremely dangerous.
There are primarily two types of springs used to help operate your garage door. Garage door extension springs are found on both sides of the tracks. This style of spring has two designs, sectional garage door extension springs and one-piece garage door extension springs. The other type of garage door spring is called a torsion spring. This type of spring is located directly above the door and has many more design options.
Extension springs extend to support the door as it opens and closes. They are installed with safety cables to help control the springs in the event of breakage. This style of garage door spring is generally less expensive but significantly more dangerous. Many people have been injured by broken garage door springs, either during the break, or while trying to replace the springs themselves.
Torsion springs use torque to lift and lower your garage door. The spring coils around a shaft as the door opens, and uncoils as it is lowered. This style of spring is quickly becoming the standard option for garage doors. They cost more, but have a longer life span. They are also much safer than extension springs. Torsion springs also have the added benefit of being able to support higher weight loads.
Garage door springs are just like any other item. While they are capable of lasting many years, they do have a limited lifespan. Eventually all garage door springs will break due to normal wear and tear. They are continuously weakened by temperature changes, normal use, alignment issues, and a lack of maintenance.
The most common cause of broken garage door springs is simply the normal wear and tear. The springs typically have a lifespan that is dictated by the amount of cycles in which they are used. A cycle is one round of the garage door being opened, and then closed again. Each time you open your garage door to put your vehicle in the garage, take out the trash cans, or park your vehicle back into the garage is one cycle. Most springs are rated for about ten thousand cycles. While this may seem like a lot, the cycles can add up quickly. Just leaving for and returning home from work each day is two cycles. People who use their garage door frequently may go through the lifespan of their springs in just a few years.
Rust is another contributor to broken garage door springs. Any rust that accumulates on your springs causes excess friction on the springs themselves, greatly reducing the lifespan. Rust is also corrosive, and can quickly deteriorate the quality of the springs. Your garage door springs won’t last forever. This is why proper care and maintenance is so important.
You can extend the lifespan of your garage door springs by following through with proper maintenance and servicing. Rust prevention is as easy as spraying the torsion springs with WD-40 a few times per year. It’s also important to have the balance checked on your garage door at least once per year. This ensures that your door is opening correctly and the weight is evenly distributed. Typically broken garage door springs occur most often in winter. This is due to the colder temperatures. Scheduling your garage door to be serviced in the winter months will extend the life of your springs. In addition, the garage door technician will be able to advise if your springs need to be replaced before they break. Replacing worn springs before they break can save you a lot of time and stress in the long run.
If you find that you are constantly battling with broken garage door springs, speak to our staff about springs with extended life. We can also check to ensure that your garage door is utilizing the proper springs for its size. We have found many cases where the springs being used were inadequate for the garage door size. Our technicians will get you on track to enjoying your garage door while saving you money.