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.
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.
- Install a single spring system. This is recommended for one car garage doors only or very light 2 car garage doors.
- 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!
Broken garage door springs are a common issue for most all home owners. It is also a frustrating issue. Be aware that replacing garage door springs should be left to a knowledgeable professional technician. Tampering with the springs can cause the door to drop unexpectedly. Garage doors can weigh anywhere from 125 to 350 pounds depending upon make and model. A falling door can not only cause property damage, but serious injury or death to persons in the path.
Garage door springs should be replaced as soon as possible to prevent further damage. Both springs should always be replaced, if the door has two even if the other spring is not broken. It is very important to understand the extent of the danger involved with garage door spring replacement. It is also important not to try to operate the door, if a springs is broken.
Do Not Force
Regardless of the issue a garage door should never be forced open except in an emergency. Forcing a resisting garage door can cause damage to the other components, hardware, and the door opener as well. These parts will need to be replaced as well, if they are damaged in any way. These additional repairs and replacements can rack up extreme charges. It is better to contact a garage door tech for these tasks. He/she should inspect the entire door during the spring replacement. Just to be sure ask and never be afraid to ask about anything you are unsure about. An honest garage door tech should encourage you to ask questions and address all of your concerns.
Spring into Step
Springs are an extremely important garage door component. They are responsible for counterbalancing the weight of the door. This lessens the burden when the garage door is in operation and makes operation easier as well as smoother. Generally springs are torqued or stretched which forces them to withstand an intense amount of pressure. These two elements make garage door springs one of, if not the, most dangerous garage door component.
Torsion and extension are the two types of garage door springs used by all garage door companies. The type of springs itself does not usually have an effect of whether forcing the door open causes damage to the opener or not. Torsion springs are wound or torqued, hence the name torsion, and extension springs are stretched. The height, weight, and track radius are the variables which determine the torsion spring wire lengths and sizes providing many options to choose from. Extension springs do not present home owners with as many options and must always be paired with garage door safety cables. The extension springs can become a fast moving projectile without the safety cables in place.
We Are Here
Our caring crew is available now to discuss your garage door issues. If you suspect that one of your garage doors springs has broken or simply have no idea what the issues is, we urge you to call today. Our garage door specialists can visit your home to quickly determine what the issues is and present you with all of your affordable options for resolving it. Your family’s safety and satisfaction are our highest priorities.