Broken Garage Springs Replacement

Your garage door is a marvel with many moving parts and pieces that need to be taken care of. However of all the parts that in your garage door, the garage door springs might are really important. However due to the high tension they are under and the fact that they carry the weight of the door, they are prone to wearing out and breaking. This is when broken garage springs replacement becomes really important.

Types of garage door springs

There are two types of garage door springs that you might have on your door. The springs are either torsion springs or extension springs. Torsion springs are the most common types of springs on garage doors. They are made of torque springs wound on metal shafts. They are highly durable and pose less danger when they break. Extension springs on the other hand are relatively dangerous when they break which is why they are used together with safety cables. They are usually attached to the garage door tracks on the ceiling on each side of the door.

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How to test your garage door springs

It is possible to test the garage door springs to determine whether you need broken garage springs replacement services or just tell whether the springs are giving in but not broken yet. Here are some simple tests that will tell you a lot about the life of your torsion and extension garage door springs.

Garage door springs tests

First, engage manual operation of the door by disengaging the automatic garage door opener. Then lift the door upwards. How heavy is the door as you lift it up? If it is extremely heavy then it means that the spring (s) are broken and will need replacement. If the springs are in working order the door should be easy to lift manually. Lift the door to the top position and release it. It should stay at the top position without need for you to hold it up there. It should also stay put without any movement. Close the door halfway and release it. The door should stay put at that position and it should be aligned well. If it seems to tilt on one side then it means one spring might be broken. When closed the door should also be aligned straight from end to end.

Broken Garage Springs Replacement Service

Broken Garage Springs Replacement Service

Your garage door is probably the most used door in your home. Endless cycles of moving up and down put stress on some parts, leading to wear and tear. The common parts are the springs that experience tension whenever the door is opened or closed.

Springs come with estimated life cycles. An average overhead door systems spring lasts 10000 cycles. A complete cycle is when the door is opened and closed. The number of cycles depends on how you use a door that’s usually meant to last between nine to twelve years, but shortens in cold climates.

There are three main types of garage springs as follows:

Extension Springs: These run parallel to the door tracks and are stretched when the door is lowered and store energy to assist it back up.

Torsion Springs: They coil around shafts and are wound as the door is lowered. They remain energized when the door is lowered and release it when it goes upwards.

Torsion springs are visible on the horizontal bar on the door when it is closed. They are clean, more efficient and reliable springs used with modern doors.

Torque Master Springs: These are advanced variation of torsion springs. Instead of exposed horizontal springs, they are enclosed and centralized.

Broken Garage Springs Replacement

Replacing and re-energizing garage springs need professional knowledge and experience, especially on the right tools to use. Energized springs contain a huge amount of tension. Many people have been injured or killed with garage doors suddenly slamming on them.

There are many cases of broken fingers, hands and legs due to such incidences. If you observe any signs of broken springs, contact a garage door company to help in replacing your springs or for the general service. These signs include:

Slow or Partial Opening: Slow or partial opening is as a result of a failed spring. If the door won’t open completely then both springs have failed.

Gap in the Garage Door Spring: A torsion spring snaps and unwound to give a gap. This is a sign that the spring needs replacement.

Fast Closing and Jack Opening: Any loss in tension can lead to fast closing and opening, a sign of failing springs.

Bent Top Door Panels: Bent top door panel is usually a sign that a spring has been broken for some time.

Loud Bang: At times, a spring unveils and goes flying out of the garage, a sign that a replacement is needed.

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