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Garage Door Springs: A Guide to Repair & Inspection

in Garage Maintenance by elkgrovegaragedoorco

Your garage door springs are one of the most critical components of your garage door. They also happen to be one of the most dangerous parts too. Your springs provide the energy to raise and lower your garage door. They are essentially what makes a several hundred pound door feel as light as feather when you raise it.

The springs are able to do this because of compression energy. This is also what makes your garage doors one of the most dangerous parts of a garage door. They are under incredible tension. If the springs should suddenly snap or break, they can cause serious bodily injury, even death.

That’s why we always recommend leaving garage door spring repair to a professional. A garage door technician has the proper tools, knowledge, and experience to do this job safely.

How Long Garage Door Springs Last

Because garage doors are so essential to the up and down motion of a garage door, they will wear out overtime. You can expect your average garage door spring to get about 10,000 cycles. One cycle is when the garage door goes up and down once. Of course, how long your garage door lasts ultimately depends on how many times you use the door. But if you average a door going up and down 3 times, you can generally expect a garage door spring to last about 3 years with regular usage.

Inspecting Garage Door Springs

While we don’t recommend repairing garage door springs yourself, you can inspect your garage door springs for signs of wear and tear. Look for any slackness, brittleness, or rust in the spring. If you notice something of any concern, call a repair professional. We can come out and do a detailed inspection and let you know if it’s time to replace your garage door springs.

A Brief Guide to Garage Door Parts

If you are troubleshooting a garage door repair or happen to be in the market for a new garage door, it’s a good idea to first become familiar with the various parts of a garage door. The springs are the metal coils that do the heavy lifting — they are what a several hundred pound door feels light as a feather to lift. The tube shaft runs directly overhead the door and holds the torsion springs in place — transferring the torsion power to the drums to raise the door. The cables run vertically, from top to bottom, along the side of the door. They provide the connection that transfers the force of the spring to the garage door itself.