Broken Garage Door Spring Repair

It happened, you heard the awful snap that startled you and has now sent you on a quest for broken garage door spring repair. Replacing a garage door spring can be dangerous, and should be done with caution. Some DIY type of people will be able to make this repair on their own, but a large number of people, whether due to lack of time or ability, should enlist the help of a professional. The following information is for the non-professional.

Generally, garage doors use either extension springs or torsion springs to help open or close the overhead door. There are varying factors that come in to play when determining which spring is on the job.

The extension spring has generally been the most commonly used spring for years, especially on single door garages. This spring usually stretches next to the door track when the door is closed, so that it can assist in lifting the door as it opens. This spring is tightly wound and spends the majority of it’s life expanded when the door is in the closed position. These can be very dangerous springs.

The torsion spring is found mounted above the garage door on the header. They are wound and this means they don’t function the same as extension springs do. They tend to have a balanced tension on the door which creates a smoother operation of the door. The torsion spring is a stronger spring than the extension, with an ability to lift a weight up to 500 pounds.

The life span of both kinds of springs is about seven years, or 10,000 lifts. Seven years is calculated by opening and closing the door two times a day, to leave and come home, 10,000 times.

This is of course an estimate or rule of thumb, and your lifestyle, number of people using the garage, and other similar factors will come in to play in the life span of your springs. If you open and close your overhead door more or less often than an average of two times daily, your spring will last for a longer or shorter period of time accordingly as a result.

Whether you’re replacing an extension spring or a torsion spring, unless you have the necessary skills, it is advisable to call a professional who can do this job for you. A licensed professional can quickly and safely get your garage door in working order again in not time.

If you are in the Greater Sacramento area and in need of broken garage door spring repair, don’t hesitate to call The Doorologist to help you. You can reach The Doorologist by dialing 916- 628- 6526 any time between 7am and 7pm 7 days a week! Call now for a free consultation.


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