Garage Door Springs: What You Need To Know
As a specialist in the industry, I feel people do not consider how hard their garage doors work. Let’s say you only use your garage door when leaving and returning from work, that means your garage door is opening and closing about 500 times a year.
When a garage door spring breaks, you’re pretty much stuck. The garage door is unable to open or close. A common misconception is that the garage door opener is responsible for opening and closing the garage door. While this is somewhat true, all the heavy lifting is the responsibly of the garage door spring(s).
Your garage door springs are wound very tight; meaning they are under large amounts of tension. I wrote an article about changing a garage door spring and the bottom line is, don’t do-it-yourself. If you have a standard garage door, you can expect to pay $190 – $220 to have a professional replace it. For that kind of money it’s not worth risking bodily harm, so check out our Phoenix garage door repair services.
Knowing what type of garage door springs you have.
If you have a large garage door, weighing between 400 – 900 lbs, then its likely that you have a torsion spring. These spring, or springs, are located on the wall above your garage door.
These are common among standard, 9×7 garage doors. If your door is smaller than 9×7 you will normally have just one of these springs, located on a rod running across the top of your garage door. If you have a door that 9×7 or a bit larger, you will likely have two of these garage door springs on the rod above the garage door.
So how do you know if your garage door spring is bad or going bad?
The most obvious sign that you have a bad garage door spring, is that, well, its broken and your garage door isn’t opening or closing. If this is the case, do not continue trying to use the garage door opener to engage the spring. This will only cause damage to your garage door opener.
A worn garage door spring shares these characteristics:
- Your garage door is stopping while its opening.
- The garage door appears to be crooked.
- You can tell by looking at the garage door spring that it worn out, or maybe there’s even a separation in the spring.
- Your garage door springs looks like its stretched out, or elongated – a loss in tension.
- Have you hit the garage door with your car lately? This is a common cause of garage door springs going bad.
When it comes to replacing the springs, be sure to obtain the garage door springs that are designed to support the weight of your garage door. This is key to a smooth operating garage door, moreover, it will insure that you’re not damaging your garage door opener.
Another important tip: if you have two extension springs that need replaced, make sure you replace both of them. If not, you will end up with one spring that holds more tension than the other, causing future garage door problems. And it goes without saying, if one spring is broken from stress and wear, it’s likely that the other spring is not too far behind and will need replaced shortly thereafter.
Typical Lifecycle of a Garage Door Spring
This is a relative number. Meaning, the more you use your garage door, the quicker your garage door spring will wear. Your garage door spring is rated at a certain amount of cycles; opening and closing a garage door, once, is considered a cycle. The standard garage door spring is rated at 10,000 cycles. Therefore, with all factors considered when it comes to the stress and usage of a garage door spring, you can expect a spring to last about 7 to 12 years.
What can I do to maximize the life of my garage door spring?
Just like anything else, regular maintenance can go a long way – regular, meaning once a year. The same can be said for the other moving parts of your garage door, such as the pulleys, rollers and bearings. I recommend using a silicone lubricant and spaying them down; it takes only a few minutes. Here’s a quick video I put together showing how easy it is.
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