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Garage Door Spring Types

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One of the most important components of the safe operation of your garage door is your spring.

Without spring or springs working right, your garage door cannot open and close easily.

The spring acts essentially as a counterbalancing mechanism for your garage door. If your garage door system is out of balance,  generally the solution is to replace your springs.

We always recommend you have a professional garage door company evaluate your springs before doing ANYTHING. Springs help to hold the weight of your door, so trying to repair them yourself can cause injury or death!

Garage Door Spring Types

There are 2 types of garage door spring: torsion springs and extension springs. Understanding the difference between the two can help you find and select a spring system that is best for your garage door.

Torsion Springs

Torsion springs work by using torque to stabilize your garage door. Torsion springs are attached to a metal shaft at the top of your garage door.

Torsion springs are available in different types: standard, steel rolling, and one-piece curtain door.

Torsion springs are sturdier. They will generally last longer than extension spring. Of course, because of this, torsion springs are more expensive. They should last 15-20,000 cycles.

Extension Springs

Extension springs extend to close the door and “spring” back into their original form when the door opens.

Extension springs are generally mounted on the side of the garage door or on top of your garage door tracks.

Generally, residential garage doors have 2 extension springs mounted on each side. Commercial doors will have multiple springs on each side.

Extension springs are more affordable, but will only last about 10,000 cycles. To put that in years, if you open your garage door 4 times a day on average, extension springs will last about 7 years. With torsion springs, you could get 10-14 years.

Talk to a professional about which spring system will make the most sense for your garage door and garage setup. If you are in the Houston area, give Perfect Solutions a call!

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Help! My Garage Door Only Opens Halfway!

We recently had a client with a very annoying problem. Every time he went to open his garage door, it would open part way but then immediately close again. Frustrating! You can see what we mean below:

When we got to his house, we started trouble shooting possible problems to understand why this was happening. We eventually landed on the problem: the door is too heavy for the opener to properly open the door all the way.

Upon further inspection, the reason the door is too heavy is because the torsion springs installed on the door are too small for this particular door. Properly fitting springs is a major safety feature and component to a properly functioning garage door.

As you can see below, once we switched out the old torsion spring to a new dual spring system, we adjusted the motor and the door is able to open and close safely.

We generally recommend to all customers that they install a dual spring system. Ensuring your springs fit properly is one important factor to the safe operation of your garage door. But a dual spring system goes a long way in extending the life of your springs and your garage door opener.

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Never Replace Garage Door Springs Alone

Garage door springs are perhaps one of the most important components of the door and are responsible for it proper functioning. Home owners should understand that replacing these necessary components also presents an extremely high level of danger. One of the most common garage door malfunctions is due to broken springs. All of the springs should be replaced at the same time if the garage door has two, even if the other one is not visibly damaged.

Many DIYers have successfully replaced garage door springs with no incident. It is generally best to leave these types of repairs to a professional or specialist. These individuals are not only trained, but experienced in garage door matters. The two basic types of garage door springs include:
• Torsion Springs may be found directly above the garage door while it is closed.
• Extension springs are situated on both sides over the upper tracks.

Life and Limb

Since springs are tightly wound they must control an intense amount of pressure. Generally, the heavier the garage door, the more pressure exits. One small mistake and slip can cause severe pain, if not serious bodily injury or even death. It can also cause costly damage to property such as vehicles parked in the garage as well as the door itself. The repairs can rack up extensive charges and personal damage is heartbreaking.
It is a good idea to schedule regular appointments for inspection and preventive maintenance. This is best done by a garage door specialist if the owner has no time and/or experience. The preventive maintenance will ensure the garaged door remains functioning properly for an extended amount of time and inspections allow techs to catch repairs before they become dangerous in many cases. These procedures are not extremely difficult for those who are handy; however, they do require the time to complete them. For many this is an additional cost as time is money in this fast paced world.

  • Inspections generally catch worn springs before they break.
  • A large percentage of the time the tech can also catch frayed cables before they snap.
  • The tech will inspect for loose hardware as well.
  • Another potential issue the specialist will check for is whether the springs are out of balance or not.
  • The specialist will most likely lubricate the garage door during the inspection which maintains the door’s function as well as eliminates squeaks.

Spring Brackets

Garage door springs affix to brackets located on the lower portion of the door. These brackets are responsible for intense pressure much like the springs are. Adjusting the brackets is also an extremely touchy job. It can result in injury or property damage. Many newer model garage doors have safety features to help prevent inexperienced individuals from tampering with them and being injured. On the other hand older models do not and, if the inexperienced person is determined, he/she may be able to figure out a way to tamper with them. To prevent injury, damage, or death those with little or no experience should allow a trained professional perform the adjustments.

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A Garage Door Spring 101

shutterstock_662638Without springs, your garage door would be no fun at all. After all it’s a very heavy item. The springs which are fitted to the door are what make it so easy to open and close, even if you have no automatic opener. Yet you probably don’t pay those door springs too much mind until something goes wrong with your door. Knowing a little bit about these springs however, can help you to head off any serious and expensive future problems. Therefore, today’s post provides a few useful facts about garage door springs.

Two Types of Garage Door Spring

The first thing to know about garage door springs is that there are two types. These are known as torsion springs and extension springs. Torsion springs are situated along the top of the door opening. They work by uncoiling as the door is opened and coiling up when it’s closed. Extension springs are fitted parallel to the horizontal section of your door tracks. Instead of uncoiling, they extend as the door is opened and retract as it closes. Another important thing to note is that both types of springs are always installed in pairs.

About Garage Door Springs and Safety

Torsion springs and extension springs are all installed under an immense amount of tension. Under no circumstances should you try and work on the springs yourself. Removal and replacement of springs should always be done by a professional garage door installation and repair service. For the uninitiated DIY enthusiast, the uncontrolled and sudden release of door spring tension can result in serious injury. By all means, lubricate the springs occasionally, but for anything more than this, call in the experts.

Life Expectancy of Garage Door Springs

Generally, there is not too much that can go wrong with your garage door springs. Eventually wear and tear will take a toll on them and will result in weakness. The average door spring is good for 10,000 cycles of opening and closing. Therefore if you only open your garage once in the morning and once in the evening and perhaps a few more times on weekends, you can expect at least ten years of use from your springs. Conversely, if you have a large family who are regularly in and out of your garage, ten years use would be optimistic.

If your garage door does get heavily used, it can be worth investing in “extended life” door springs. While they are twice the price of standard springs, but you can expect them to last four times as long, which definitely makes them a value proposition the next time you need to replace your springs.

It’s actually very easy to identify when the time to replace your springs has come. With the garage door in manual mode, lower it all the way down. Then lift the door to a height of about two feet from the ground. Now let go of the door. If the door starts to slide downwards, the springs have lost their strength and will soon need to be replaced.

Now you know a little more about your garage door springs, just remember to test their strength occasionally and lubricate them with light oil every three months or so. Otherwise you can continue to pay them little mind and they will serve you well for years.

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5 Crucial Things That You Should Know When Shopping For Garage Door Springs

garageGarage door springs are some of the door’s components that need to be kept in good working order since they determine how smoothly a door closes and opens. More importantly, they need to be inspected frequently because the breakage of a garage door can cause the door to come crashing down. This is not only expensive because it can cause irreparable damage to the door necessitating that a new one is installed but can also cause injury to a person if he or she is standing under the door. If you find that your garage door springs have broken or are weak and need replacing, there are five things that you must know when you get to the home depot store.

The Number of Springs

When shopping for garage door springs, you should know how many springs you will need to buy. The number of springs on a door is largely determined by the type of garage door and manufacturer. While it is not common for all springs on a garage door to break on one occasion, it is recommended that you replace springs in pairs. What this means is that if the spring on one side breaks, the best way to keep that garage door working well by being properly balanced is to replace the broken spring and its identical spring on the other side of the door. This allows for the forces to be distributed equally which prolongs the life of the springs.

The Garage Door Height

The door height determines the size of spring that a door uses. If you have an 8 foot door, you should specifically buy springs for an 8 foot door. Using a spring for a 7 foot door on an 8 foot door will cause the springs to stretch more than they are supposed to. This increases the risk for breakage of the springs.

Spring Length

The length of a garage door spring determines how long it can stretch. The size that is quoted on the spring is its size when compressed. Picking out the right spring size can be quite confusing since it is possible to have several spring sizes for a specific garage door. If you find yourself in a situation like this, just keep in mind that the larger springs are for the taller doors.

Garage Door Weight

The weight of the garage door also affects the choice of springs. A heavy door will need springs that are closely wound since it will stretch them more than a lighter door. The weight of the door depends on the material with which the door has been made.

The Spring Ends

Many people don’t realize that garage door springs are color coded. The color coding is used to determine the stretch and tension associated with the spring. To determine what color code to buy, look at your old springs.

With these five pointers, you should be able to you pick the fitting springs for your garage door with ease.

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