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Wrong Size Garage Door Spring Replacement

It is very important to use the correct size garage door springs when replacing the springs on your garage door. You also need to make sure you are using the right type of spring.

If your springs are too small for your door, then the door will be heavier than it should be for the opener. It can fall or wear out your opener easily. The springs will most likely break or snap more quickly too.

broken springs

The way to figure out the correct sized spring for your door, is to figure out the weight of the door. This is done with a common measuring tool garage door techs carry on their trucks.

There are 2 options once the weight of the door is determined.

  1. Install a single spring system. This is recommended for one car garage doors only or very light 2 car garage doors.
  2. Install a double spring system. This is the preferred installation for 2 car garage doors and all heavy garage doors.

If you want a 1 spring system on a 2 car garage door, it can work. But we don’t recommend for the following reasons:

  • Shorter Life Span: single springs don’t last as long as double springs. It’s a higher upfront cost, but lower over the life of the spring or springs.
  • Safety: Single spring systems carry a bigger risk of springs snapping while the door is in motion. If this happens, the door can fall quickly down and damage property or worse, a person.
  • Opener Wear and Tear: The door will be heavier, which will wear down the opener more quickly. More money to replace it sooner!

Conversely, there are some big advantages to installing a 2 spring system on your 2 car garage door.

  • They last longer! They can last up to twice as long as some single spring systems.
  • If a spring does break or snap while the door is moving, the 2nd spring acts as a backup to support the door so it doesn’t fall. It is VERY rare that both springs would snap at the same time.
  • 2 springs make your door much lighter, so the opener has a much easier time opening and closing it. This will allow your to get more years out of your opener.

You can see in the picture above the broken springs and the new ones we installed. You’ll notice they are MUCH bigger than the older springs. These old springs are ONLY 4 years old, and they already snapped! This is what happens when you put in the wrong size.

Correctly sizing your garage door springs will ensure accidents don’t happen.

If you’re in the Houston area, give Perfect Solutions a call so we can fit the proper size springs for your door and ensure your safety!

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Do You Need An Annual Service Contract For Your Garage Door?

service contract with toolsWhen purchasing a garage door, getting an annual service contract may be the last thing on your mind Garage doors may appear to be strong, but like any part of your home, it is subject to wear and tear. After years of use and exposure to elements, the once-flawless garage door will start malfunctioning, especially if you don’t maintain it. This is where professional garage door maintenance companies will come in.

It is always better to spend on maintenance costs to prevent costly repairs later on. Here are the other reasons why an annual service contract for your garage door is worth it:

Save money from constantly buying new doors

Paying a repair company for annual or monthly garage door maintenance may add some amount into your expenses but, it’s not as huge an amount as you would spend if you buy a new one.  Even if you opt to just repair a dying garage door, it will still cost more because of possible parts replacement and labor. Maintenance is different from repair. Repair is what you do when something is broken; maintenance on the other hand, keeps things from becoming broken.  Maintenance is always cheaper than repair.

Safety of your family

Aside from saving loads of cash, monthly and annual maintenance of garage doors also do another type of saving—saving your family from danger brought by malfunctioning garage doors, especially children.  Malfunctioning garage doors are a threat to the safety of your children. For example, the garage may close suddenly while they are directly beneath or they may get hit by a torsion spring that has snapped. Making sure that there are no defective parts in your garage door will make your whole family safe.

Safety of your properties

The garage is not only the place where you store you cars, it is also a place where you put many of your power tools and other expensive products.  Who stands guard to keep your things safe inside the garage? The garage door protects the home from intruders.  If garage doors aren’t maintained well, it may become easy for burglars to break into your home.  Surely, the amount you spend on maintenance is chicken feed compared to the value of the items inside the garage.

Why not do it yourself?

You can inspect your garage door every day, but when it comes to removing parts of the garage door mechanism and tinkering with the garage door, leave it to the pros. Garage doors have high tension parts that coud snap and injure you.  If you suspect there is something wrong with your garage door, the most effective thing you can do is call a garage door repair company for proper evaluation and solution.

So, do you need an annual or monthly maintenance for your garage door? Yes, because it is better to be safe than sorry. It’s also cost-efficient. Garage doors are always used and they are easy targets to the ravages of time. Through regular maintenance, you can save your money and keep your family and properties safe.

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