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Why You Should Pay Special Attention to Garage Door Springs

We often ignore our garage door springs, but the truth is they are critical to the functioning of the door. Your springs are what makes lifting a several pound door feel as light as a feather. But springs only have so much lifecycles, or in other words, the number of times the door can be opened and closed during their lifetime. Eventually, they will wear out and need replaced.

But keep in mind that these springs are under an incredible amount of tension. They are probably the most dangerous parts on your garage door. That’s why you should only trust garage door spring repair to a professional. This is not a DIY garage door repair. Play it safe and call a pro you can trust. It’s not worth risking a trip to the emergency room.

2 Types of Garage Door Springs

There are 2 types of garage door springs: extension and torsion. Extension springs are located horizontally on the garage door and help to lower the door. Torsion springs are located above and wind up as the door is closed.

Extension springs expand and contract when you open and close your garage door. Torsion springs, on the other hand, turn. Torsion springs tend to be more expensive, but they last longer. A torsion spring gets between 15,000 to 20,000 cycles, while an extension springs only gets about 10,000 cycles. The other advantage to torsion springs is they operate in a smooth, fluid fashion. Extension springs have a jerky motion, which makes them easier to come out of adjustment. These garage door springs are have more complex parts, which tend to have repair issues. Torsion springs tend to be less wear and tear on the motor of your garage door opener. Overall, torsion springs will last longer and have fewer repair issues.

Spring Season is Spring Inspection Time

While you should always leave it to a professional to work on your springs, you should visually inspect the springs from time to time. Look for rust, brittleness, or a slack in tension. If there’s an issue, call a professional for a more complete inspection and diagnosis.

The Danger of Garage Door Springs

Garage door springs are under an incredible amount of tension. In fact, nearly 2,000 people are injured in garage door repairs every year, usually because of the springs. If a spring should suddenly snap, it releases at incredible violence. It could easily send you to the emergency room.

2 DIY Garage Doors Repairs You Should Be Doing

Two easy garage door repairs you should be doing every 3 months are oiling and tightening your garage door. How many times do you use your door every day? Most Americans use theirs at least 2 to 3 times, which adds up to about 1,000 times on average. All that up and down can cause the bolts and components to loosen. Loose parts are one of the reasons garage doors can be so noisy. Tighten down all bolts and brackets with a wrench. You should also oil down all moving parts, including the brackets, rollers, springs, and chain. Use an approved garage door lubricant — not WD40, which can cause your door to rust prematurely. Applying with a brush works best to get into all the cracks and empty spaces more thoroughly.