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.