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Why You Should Always Call a Professional for Garage Door Spring Repair

How often do you think about your garage door springs? If you’re like most, probably only when there are issues with them. Most issues with garage door springs come down to their lifespan or, lifecycle. It all comes down to math: garage door springs only have so many cycles in them — between about 10,000 and 15,000 — depending on the type and quality of the spring and garage door. And if you use your garage door an average of 3 or more times per a day, that easily adds up to 1,000 per year. Which means every decade or so, you’ll need a new spring. This doesn’t include other wear and tear, which includes rusting. Simply put: you’ll either need to replace or repair your garage door spring.

And we know, the DIY movement is really popular right now. And while we try to help by sharing tips and techniques to do simple garage door repairs yourself, the buck stops at spring repairs. Simply put, it’s just too dangerous. Your M.O should be to absolutely call a professional garage door repair service to fix up your springs. They have the tools, knowledge and expertise to do it effectively. Chances are, you don’t know the slightest thing about garage door spring repair. A professional can provide the best garage door repair and get your spring to be as good as new because they know what they are doing.

Dangerous Tension

Garage door springs are under an incredible amount of tension. This stored energy, after all, is what makes lifting a several hundred-pound garage door seem so easy. But should they snap, they release with an incredible violent force. Not only will this significantly damage, maybe even destroy your door but it can also cause serious bodily injury — even death. The risk just isn’t worth it, especially when the best garage door repairs companies are just a phone call away. Spring repair should always be done by a professional garage door repair company.

The Benefits of Professional Garage Door Spring Repair

Ask your family and friends about the garage door repair companies they’ve previously worked with in the past. Then, cross-reference their recommendations with the best companies in your area. The best companies will guarantee their work, meaning you won’t have to fret if anything goes wrong with the repair. Springs are the trickiest of garage door parts and sometimes even professionals can make mistakes. In those rare situations, it’s important to know that your repair company can accommodate any issues. Not only will they provide the perfect spring so you don’t have to roam the aisles of the hardware store, but they’ll able to get the repair done far quicker than you can imagine.

When you work with a company that specializes in garage door spring repair, ask them about your spring system and if it is in need of an upgrade. Many homeowners will attest to the strength of a two-spring setup. To extend the lifespan of your garage door springs, install an extra set to take the weight off the other. The lifecycles of your springs will immediately double, meaning you won’t have to stress or replacement or repairs for quite some time.  

What You Can Do for Your Overhead Door Springs

While spring repair is always best left to garage door companies, you can take some initiative to ensure nothing is wrong with your current system. We do recommend visually inspecting your garage door springs from time to time. Look for any signs of rust, brittleness, or sagging. And if you notice something else wrong with your garage door, take the extra few seconds to look at your spring – chances are they could be related. If you spot anything concerning, call a professional garage door repair company for a more thorough inspection.

Garage Door Parts Explained

There are numerous parts of the garage door that all synch together to ensure it works smoothly. The springs store the energy required to lift and lower the door. There are 2 types of garage door springs — torsion and extension. Torsion springs wind up as the door closes. Mounted on each side of the garage door, extension springs are also under an incredible amount of tension — stored energy that lifts the door. Tracks and rollers provide “the runway” so to speak for the door to travel. The trolley or carriage connects to the overhead arm so the opener can automatically raise or lower the door at the touch of a button. Rollers are the wheels that run along the track to give the garage door its motion.