Overhead garage doors are operated using spring tension. This means that a heavy spring (or sometimes multiple springs) provide the power needed to move the door up and down the metal tracks on either side of your garage’s opening. Replacement of the torsion springs, which lift the bulk of the weight of your garage door, is one of the most common garage door repairs. Because these springs have to provide enough power to lift a heavy door, they can do some serious damage if not handled correctly.
Many manufacturers of torsion springs will not sell their product to the general public, for an assortment of reasons. One of the primary reasons for this is the potential danger of replacing torsion springs as a do-it-yourself repair project. Getting the job done properly requires special tools and techniques that most people are unfamiliar with.
Considering how much power they contain, and the sturdy construction used to create them, it might be surprising that the normal “life expectancy” of your garage’s torsion springs averages out to a mere 7 years. The most commonly-used type of torsion springs are generally expected to last for about 10,000 cycles. While this may sound like a lot, the typical home or business owner is opening and closing their garage door multiple times each day.
Every time your door opens or closes, the springs have to withstand a great deal of force. Over time, the steel springs can become fatigued and can even develop cracks or breaks. If the spring sustains too much damage it can break entirely, releasing its stored energy. This release can lead to a great deal of noise and, ultimately, a major garage door repair.
In situations where only one spring has broken, it’s still important to replace springs in pairs. If one spring has reached the end of its lifespan and failed, it’s likely that the other spring isn’t far behind. While replacing springs one at a time might seem like a great way to save money, it can lead to increased repair costs down the road if another spring fails.
When everything is working properly, your garage door appears to move effortlessly, giving the illusion that it isn’t as heavy as it truly is. However, if spring failure does occur, it can result in the door dropping suddenly at a high rate of speed. For this reason, you should always be careful not to stand beneath your door while it is in operation. Even if you open and close your door manually, take care to keep a safe distance.
Our garage door repair services go beyond just a basic replacement of damaged parts. We will carefully examine all of the parts, alert you about any current issues that need to be addressed, and let you know if there are any potential problems. Our goal is to help you avoid needing any major repairs, so you can keep using your garage door safely and reliably.
We offer a complete range of garage door repair services to get your door back in working order. You can count on our skilled technicians to provide you with fast, expert service including:
- Spring Replacement
- Cable Replacement
- Garage Door Rails
- Garage Door Openers
- Installing Additional Safety Features
We provide home garage door installation and repair services in Calidonia, Houston, La Crescent, Lewiston, St. Charles, Onalaska, Holmen, West Salem, Dover, Eyota, and Chatfield.
If you’re ready to explore your options, give us a call today at (612) 226-4721. We’ll provide you with a free quote!