The garage door spring – not the opener – is what allows a garage door to be lifted with ease. Garage door springs counterbalance the weight of the garage door, allowing the opener to easily glide the garage door open and shut. If you were to lift your garage door by hand, it should feel like it weighs only a few pounds.
If the garage door won’t stay where you release it or seems to weigh more than 5 pounds, then your garage spring is showing signs of age and may be about to break. The heavier your door feels, the more likely it is that your garage door spring is deteriorating.
Garage door springs are under the most tension when the door is closed.
Why Does a Garage Door Spring Break?
1: WEAR & TEAR
The most common reason for a garage door spring to break is simply wear and tear over time. As the garage door cycles up and down, the coils lose their strength and cause the spring to break. Most two car garages are opened and closed 6 to 8 times each day for a approximately 3,000 times a year! Quality garage door springs with professional installation can support 10,000 cycles before they become ineffective and require replacement. Each cycle is the garage door opening or the garage door closing. It’s quite common to run through the utility of a spring in just a few years.
2: RUST BUILD-UP
Rust is another common cause of spring fatigue. Stored chemicals and outside moisture can lead to this type of spring deterioration. Rust shortens a spring’s lifespan by corroding the metal and increasing the friction between the coils when winding. Help prevent rust with regular preventative maintenance and lubrication.
3: POOR MAINTENANCE
All springs eventually break. There’s no way out of it. But our maintenance and safety checks will prolong the life of your garage door springs and let you know when they are primed to break. Don’t wait for the garage door springs to break at an inconvenient or dangerous moment; call us today to set up an annual safety inspection and maintenance check.
4: COST SHORTCUTS
It is recommended for all 2-car garage doors to have two springs. But when builders try to save money on the costs of installing a garage door, the garage door spring is usually the first expense cut. Corner-cutting contractors will install an extra-long 1-spring system instead which significantly shortens the life of the spring. The same can be said when you only replace one of your two garage door springs. If one garage door spring breaks, the other is not far behind. Replacing both springs at the time of repair will save you from doubling up on labor costs when the second springs breaks a little while later.
WHY NOT REPLACE IT YOURSELF?
Replacing garage door springs is extremely dangerous due to the stored energy in a wound torsion spring or in an extended extension spring. Many garage door repairs require dismantling garage door parts that are part of the spring system.
The tension in a garage door spring is powerful enough to throw you off of a ladder, break the window on your car, and land you in the Emergency Room. Many accidents, injuries and deaths occur each year to amateur, home-repairers who don’t have the proper tools or knowledge to safely disengage springs from the surrounding system.
The standard (10,000 cycle) garage door springs on regularly used residential garage doors usually fail anywhere between four - eight years. Save money by selecting a warranty for your garage door. We offer multiple warranty lengths to match your needs.
Depending on which type of garage door you have, Garage Door Repair DFW experienced technicians will install either torsion garage door springs or extension garage door springs.
Garage door springs are under high tension and only qualified-trained professionals should adjust or replace garage door springs.
Garage Door Spring Repair:
Every homeowner can relate to how life's inconveniences are thrown at you at the worst possible times. The last thing you want to happen is have your vehicle stuck in the garage when you need it most. We lead by example and follow the industry's best practices in order to make the best recommendation to homeowners each time we inspect your garage door.
We Recommend Replacing Both Garage Door Springs Most garage doors have two springs installed at the same time, when one breaks it's safe to say the second spring is close to breaking as well. If you've had the same tires on your car for a while and one blows out while you're driving, wouldn't you replace them both? It's extremely important to properly maintain your garage door as you would your vehicle.
Using The Right Garage Door Springs:
Since garage doors come in all weights and sizes, the right springs need to be installed in order to properly balance the door. If a technician puts the wrong spring on your door, not only will this damage your garage door system, but it will cause the garage door opener to do more work than it was built to do. This is why Garage Door Repair DFW technicians only install the right springs for the door's weight and check their work by performing a balance test.
With every garage door spring repair, Garage Door Repair DFW provides a free safety inspection to make sure all the hardware and moving parts on your door are in good working condition and meet safety standards. Since the hardware was probably installed at the same time as the garage door springs, it's possible there are worn mechanical parts on your garage door that may need attention.
We recommend converting Torquemaster/Wayne Dalton systems to standard torsion springs because they last longer, better quality, and are easier to maintain.
If your garage door has Extension springs or a Torquemaster/ Wayne Dalton system we do offer a conversion that includes all the necessary parts including the garage door springs and labor to convert your system. These parts include new drums, cables, torsion tube, end bearing plates, center bracket and bearing and the springs.
How Much Does Spring Repair Cost?
The most common question we get over the phone is, "Okay, so how much does it cost to replace garage door springs?" We can give you a ball park range idea, but to give you an exact price quote, we would need to know the size of the door, weight, and type of garage door springs needed (torsion or extension). Since we carry many different types of garage door springs to account for all the different types of garage doors, we recommend that a professionally trained technician takes the proper measurements himself before giving you an exact price quote.
Torsion springs are placed upon a metal tube on the wall upper side of the garage door. Drums on either side of the tube are designed to move up the cable and pull the garage door. The springs unwind and lose power as the door rolls overhead. The rate at which this happens to the torsion spring is called inch pounds per turn (IPPT).
The IPPT of each spring is based on the height of the door, weight of the door, radius of the tracks, and radius of the drums. In order for your garage door to be balanced and work properly, the springs must be carefully set according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Most manufacturers distribute 10,000-cycle springs with new garage doors, meaning, you should be able to open and close your garage door 10,000 times before any springs break.
Garage Door Repair DFW recommends replacing the stock 10,000-cycle springs with extended-life cycle springs that we warranty for life. With our garage door service and garage door repair company, we offer some of the most reliable warranties and services in the business.