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A Broken Garage Door Spring, What To Look For

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If you're a homeowner with a garage door, you are going to have to address a broken garage door spring at some point.


Garage Door Springs are crucial to the opening and closing of your garage door. and usually require immediate attention, hopefully your cars aren't trapped inside because the opening the garage door is not easy at that point.


WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF GARAGE DOOR SPRINGS?

While there are several types of garage door springs, they typically fall into one of two categories — extension spring and torsion spring.


Extension springs: These garage door springs get their name from the way they store energy by extending. When the door closes, it removes weight from the horizontal track and increases the tension on the spring. Opening the garage door then releases the stored tension. The three extension spring versions include open looped, double looped and clipped end. Extension springs are typically less expensive, but they don’t support as much weight as torsion springs.


Torsion springs: Torsion springs rely on torque rotation to balance the garage door. They work much like a mousetrap — raising the door releases the tension in the springs. The movement causes the shaft to turn and the reel on the spring will then rotate as the cable wraps around the reel. Torsion spring classifications include standard, early set, steel rolling door and torque master.


WHY DO GARAGE DOOR SPRINGS BREAK?

Normal wear and tear is the primary cause of spring failure and breakage. Manufacturers design the springs to last for a specific number of cycles.

When they reach the end of their intended lifespan, the risk of breaking increases accordingly.


HOW DO I KNOW IF MY GARAGE DOOR SPRING IS BROKEN?

Several things can happen when a garage door spring breaks. You might notice:

Disconnected cables on the ground or stuck between the door and the jamb. The door may only going up a few inches and then stop. Perhaps you hear Aa loud bang from the garage for maybe you can see a gap between the springs. Or you may notice the door falls much faster than usual when closing. Lifting the door will be much more difficult as the spring holds the weight of the door, usually the garage door opener is just not strong enough to raise the door on it's own. The door may raise a few inches and then stop, this is a tell tale sign of a broken spring.


WHAT IS THE AVERAGE LIFESPAN OF A GARAGE DOOR SPRING?

The average torsion spring life expectancy at 10,000 cycles is approximately seven to nine years.

Extension springs have a shorter lifespan of around four to six years.


HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO REPLACE BROKEN GARAGE DOOR SPRINGS?

Keep in mind that Garage Door Springs are extremely dangerous, if you suspect yours is broken, be sure to call a professional. Broken Garage Door Springs are one of our most common repair calls, be sure to call a name you can trust!

Lake Woodlands Garage Door, let our hassle-free service work for you!

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