Garage Door Service

What is a Broken Spring on a Garage Door?

What is a Broken Spring on a Garage Door?

Your first question should be what is a broken spring on your garage door? Well a spring on your garage door is called a Torsion spring. Torsion springs system consists of one or two springs on a steel shaft. When the door is raised, the springs unwind and the stored tension lifts the door by turning the shaft. When the door is lowered, the springs unwind to the full tension.

A warning from a broken spring!

repaired spring
Picture of a broken spring

Garage door springs are under extreme tension and require appropriate safety precautions. Your preventative maintenance could help with your health and safety. Our commitment to our customers is top priority. We make sure our technicians are certified and accredited. Any incorrect installation of a garage door or any mechanical issue can cause serious injury and that is why we recommend our professional installation and or repair. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO INSTALL YOURSELF! Also, remember, the garage door weight will be increased because of the glass or insulation etc. The life of a Torsion spring may be greatly reduced, therefore we will put the suitable spring to the garage door.

What is the average lifetime of a spring?

The average spring life is 7-9 years, assuming 10,000 cycles at 4 cycles a day. However, with the garage door being used as the front door more and more, increasing the daily cycles, springs may last only 4-6 years.

Since the springs are winding “up” when the door is closing and going down, the fully closed position is the most stressful on the steel and thus the most likely position at the moment of failure. This is a good thing, because failure near the top-of-travel means that you suddenly have a large, increasing weight falling. Thus we see the principle that you should never be standing or walking under the door when it is opening or closing, especially if you do so manually instead of with an electric opener. When the springs are working correctly, the door appears nearly weightless, but this is an illusion that turns into a calamity when the springs suddenly fail.

This work is risky, but the risk is comparable to doing your own car repairs, or climbing on the roof of your house to clean your gutters. These are dangerous things that many people can do safely, but that safety depends on intelligent understanding and application of proper techniques. Professional door repair technicians, who are fully knowledgable, skilled, and experienced, report that they nevertheless are injured from time to time, despite their best efforts. Coldly evaluate your abilities and motivations, to judge whether you can manage the risks of this work for the benefit of the money and time you might save.

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