While all garage doors have springs, extension and torsion springs are the two types used most often. Extension springs extend when they receive force and are usually found on the sides of a garage door. They generally have a lifecycle of 5,000 to 10,000 lifts and have been the more commonly used of the two types in the past.
Torsion springs, on the other hand, are growing in popularity, and twist and coil when they receive force. They are located near the top of the door and are usually much stronger than extension springs. The lifecycle of these springs is 15,000 to 20,000 lifts and because of their longevity and strength, they are more expensive.
Many times, a malfunction of a garage door means an issue with the springs, but garage door spring repair can be complicated and risky if you don’t know what you are doing. While it is safer to call a garage door repair professional to ensure the repair is done correctly, there are some things you can do to prolong the life of your garage door springs.
Door Doctor West recommends performing maintenance checks on your garage door springs at least twice a year to keep them working effectively. This includes lubricating the springs to keep them from squeaking or grinding. Should you notice problems during routine maintenance, do not try to fix them right then, as broken springs can be dangerous and it’s important to carefully determine the best course of action.
If the problem is not a simple fix, it might be necessary to replace the springs entirely. Garage door torsion spring replacement is more difficult than extension spring replacement, but in either case, you are dealing with a lot of tension and a heavy door, and a little slip could result in serious injury. It is best to call a pro when you need your springs replaced, but if you decide to try it on your own, put safety first. Since torsion spring replacement is the more challenging of the two, Door Doctor has put together a few basic tips for replacing torsion springs:
- Before beginning, always unplug the garage door opener.
- Make sure the door is disconnected from the opener so it doesn’t accidentally open while you are working on it. This is done by pulling the operator emergency release.
- Only use springs that are matched to the weight of the door.
- Measure the springs when they are relaxed to get the most accurate sizing.
For assistance with the repair or replacement of your garage door springs, or to schedule a service visit, contact Door Doctor West today.