Every garage door has at least one garage door spring. Some garage doors may have two garage door springs. So how can you tell if garage door springs are broken? First, let’s find out why the garage door springs are so important and how to recognize which type of spring is attached to your garage door. For starters, the garage door spring is used to counterbalance the weight of the garage door. There are two basic types of garage door springs. The two types of residential garage door springs are the torsion spring and extension springs. Of the two, the torsion spring is the most common for today’s larger residential garage doors. The torsion spring lift mechanism consists of a tightly wound spring that is on a steel shaft with cable drums at both ends. You can find the torsion spring typically installed above the garage door, on the center or right side of the door. The extension spring system consists of a pair of stretched springs that run parallel to the horizontal tracks. The extension springs life the garage door through a system of pulleys and counterbalance cables. Now that we know the types of common residential springs, it is wise to know what can cause these springs to break and why it is so important to replace broken springs as soon as possible.
What Can Cause Garage Door Springs to Fail
In order for a spring to work, it requires tension. In fact, the tension and force is what keeps a garage door from falling. Most of the torsion springs will offer up to 7 years of use, or up to 15,000 lift cycles. Some torsion spring manufacturers offers springs with at least 30,000 lift cycles. No matter what the case, certain parts of the garage door can contribute to the wear and tear of the spring. For instance, adding windows, insulation, and even several coats and layers of paint can add to the weight of the door and wear and tear of the spring. Corrosive cracking due to coastal weather can also affect the lift cycle of the spring. Poor maintenance, loose tracks, and broken components will also shorten the life of the torsion spring. One good way to maintain the life of the spring is to apply grease to the garage door tracks. Also apply lubricant to bearings, hinges, and the spring coils. Doing this will prolong the life of the spring and enhance performance.
Signs to Look for Broken Springs
So now that we have a better picture of what the spring does and how to care for it, look for signs that the spring is broken. One way to tell that the spring is broken is to pay attention to a garage door that is open. Does the garage door seem to “slip” a few inches while opened? If so, the garage door spring is loosing its tension and can no longer counterbalance the weight of the door. If you suspect this is going on, call a garage door professional immediately. You can always physically inspect a spring too. If the spring is split down the middle, the spring is broken. Again, call a garage door professional right away.
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