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The worst thing that can happen to garage door springs is to break. And there will come a time when they will snap – unless you replace them first. One would wonder what’s so tragic about torsion and extension springs breaking! Things do break! So what’s the fuss all about? It’s simple. Broken springs create problems. And some of them are related to your safety. So let us help you understand why premature garage door spring replacement is a smart move and explain better some of the peculiarities of spring problems.
Broken spring? That’s a straight-forward problem
Believe it or not, most problems are caused by the spring power. But that’s odd, you wonder! It is spring power, which keeps them going! You are absolutely right, but … imagine this power released abruptly! Think of the consequences! It’s no wonder why all experts talk about garage door springs “flying”. Should your spring snaps, it will hit the walls and you – if you stand in its way. And such impact won’t only hurt but will lead you straight to the hospital. So don’t wonder why pros are needed for any garage door spring repair work.
Still confused? Let us put things in order.
- Garage door springs are wound tightly in order to balance the door and then lift it, keep it open, and lastly, lower it down. That’s their job. Here’s where it’s worth mentioning that each spring type and size is meant to meet the needs of different garage doors in regard to their width and weight. But I won’t go deeper in that now. All you need to know is that the heavier the door, the stronger the spring must be. That’s why huge commercial (or residential) doors have multiple springs.
- In order for springs to do their job right, their tension is adjusted. To give you an idea of the importance of good garage door spring adjustment, think of your suspenders. If you tense them too much, your pants will be elevated. If not, the trousers will be dragged on the floor. A similar thing happens with springs. If they are too tensed, the door will be slightly lifted and won’t close well. If they are not sufficiently tensed, the door will close but the springs won’t have enough power to balance it right and lift it. Does it make some sense now?
- So what happens when you open and close the overhead door is that springs put all their power to do their job. Time after time their tension is lost. They become loose and not as flexible as when they were first installed. So in some cases, they will need some adjustments. But…should you adjust springs or not?
The peculiarities of some garage door spring problems
Adjustments are not good for springs. The more you adjust them, the faster you will replace them. That’s one reason why galvanized garage door torsion springs are not considered a good spring choice. They lose tension much faster than oil tempered springs and so they need adjustments every six months or so. So they won’t last for long. And your expenses are increased with constant spring repair services.
What to do…
So what should you do when springs start to lose power? The truth is that well installed springs won’t lose tension easily (unless they are galvanized). And since they are made to last for a specific number of cycles (that is opening and closing the door), they shouldn’t cause too much trouble. Now if you adjust them once or twice during their lifespan, it wouldn’t really affect their condition.
One more thing you can do to keep your extension and torsion springs flexible is to lubricate them. Don’t forget that springs are metal parts consisting of more metal parts – like brackets, bearings, the shaft etc. They are affected by humidity or even oxygen alone and so they will eventually become rusty. You can prevent that with lubrication maintenance.
Two good reasons for early spring replacement
- You never know when the spring will break. It can happen when you have the overhead door open. In this case, no other garage door part will be able to keep the door open. The result? The door will collapse and alas should someone stands underneath it.
- With broken springs, garage doors won’t open. You might have the most powerful electric garage door opener on the market and sturdy mechanical components, but they won’t open the door. In fact, if you try to automatically open the door, you will only put extra stress on the opener. If you try to open it manually, you will simply strain your back. The door is too heavy to lift without springs. And that’s the peculiarity about them. It is their power we all rely on to lift the door but it’s the same power that might create problems.
And one last thing…
Don’t ever try to replace or fix garage door springs alone. It’s not wise. Professional techs in any domain might say a lot of things in their effort to sell you products and services. But when it comes to garage door spring repair and replacement services, they would be right. Why should you trust a pro?
- There is always the threat of spring tension. If you suddenly release it due to inexperience or faulty moves, you will be hurt. Keep in mind that a broken spring is still tensed.
- Extension and torsion spring repair services require expertise and the right tools. If the job is not done right, the garage door won’t move right and your safety might be at stake.
- In the event of spring replacement, you won’t know if the spring you choose is the right one.
Why take chances?