When Should You Replace Your Garage Door Spring?

Oct 1

When Should You Replace Your Garage Door Spring?

Garage door springs are vital components responsible for smoothly and quietly raising and lowering the door manually or via a garage door opener. As a garage door moves up and down several times in a day, it is natural for its moving parts, including springs, to experience wear and tear and break down eventually.

Garage door springs last 10,000 cycles before they break. Superior quality springs can last around seven to nine years. However, the expected lifespan also depends on how often a garage door opens and closes. Failed garage door springs are hazardous. A broken or damaged spring is among the leading causes of a malfunctioning garage door. 

It is essential for garage owners to know the types of garage door springs and when to replace them to avoid potential dangers. 

There are two main garage door springs:

TORSION SPRINGS

Torsion springs are tightly wound broad springs placed on the metal shaft directly above the garage door opening. The weight, strength, and size of the door decide whether it requires one or more torsion springs. They are the most commonly used springs that are easy to maintain, require fewer parts, and are less hazardous than extension springs when they break.

WHEN TO REPLACE TORSION SPRINGS?

A way to ensure that it is time to replace the garage door springs is to check their balance. Disconnect the automatic garage door opener and operate it manually. If the door does not stay open and requires holding up, the springs need replacement. Alternatively, move the door halfway, and it should remain in place if the springs are working fine. If the door feels heavy or stalled from going up or down or produces a loud banging sound while closing, the springs are worn down and may break soon. The door that feels light to operate indicates that the springs are not sized appropriately for the door.

Consider replacing the springs when the garage door opener strains, the door closes without warning, the door looks off track, or there is approximately 2 inches gap in the springs. 

EXTENSION SPRINGS

Extension springs are mounted above the tracks on both sides of the door. The springs stretch and contract with the aid of cables and pulleys as the door opens and closes. Extension springs are inexpensive, have several parts, and experience more wear and tear than torsion springs. 

WHEN TO REPLACE EXTENSION SPRINGS?

Replace the extension springs if there are gaps in the spring coils and they don’t appear symmetrical. A single extension spring failure causes the garage door to become uneven and makes both sides look misaligned. Look for other signs like rust, damage, or broken clips and loops, which can affect the functioning of the spring.

WHY DO GARAGE DOOR SPRINGS FAIL?

The most common reason for garage door springs to fail is age-induced wear and tear. Rust and excessive pressure on the spring if a garage door has only one torsion spring can cause the spring to fail prematurely.  

HIRE THE PROFESSIONALS

Regular inspection and maintenance by a garage door company can prevent the springs from breaking and provide ample time to replace them as they are near the end of their life cycle before they give out entirely. DIY torsion spring replacement is dangerous. Always contact a reliable garage door repair service to inspect and replace the garage door springs.

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