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Garage Door Spring Replacement

How Do You Know You Need Garage Door Spring Repair?

When your garage door won’t open or your garage door comes up at an angle, you likely need garage door spring repair. The most common signs you have a broken garage door spring include:

  • Your garage door won’t open.
  • Your garage door opens halfway and stops.
  • You notice fallen or loose garage door cables.
  • Your garage door is really heavy when you try to manually open it.
  • Your garage door slams down suddenly when it tries to open. 
  • Your garage door goes up crooked or at an angle. 
  • There is a 3 – 4″ gap between the garage door spring’s coils.
  • Your garage door spring is elongated. 

Whenever you see the above signs of an issue with your garage door, you need to schedule immediate garage door spring replacement. The faster we can repair your garage door, the less likely you’ll need complete garage door or garage door opener replacement down the road. So don’t hesitate to call the certified experts at Aaron Overhead Doors for all your garage door spring replacement needs.

Our Garage Door Spring Replacement Services

Torsion Spring Replacement

Torsion springs are becoming a more modern choice for new door installations. They tend to last longer and hold more weight than standard extension springs. This spring type will be located above your garage door towards the middle, running horizontally. For seven to eight foot doors, you will only have one spring. For larger, two-car-wide doors, you will most likely have two springs. However, this number can also depend on the weight and material of your garage door.

Torsion springs are connected to a metal tube, twisting in order to open and close your door. You will know they are damaged if there is a 2-4 inch gap anywhere between the coils. Garage door torsion springs are also know for making a loud, popping noise when they snap.

Extension Spring Replacement 

If you have extension springs, they will be located to the left and right of your garage door, running vertically. These run along pulleys, extending down and back in order to operate your garage door. For this type of garage door spring, you will always have two installed in your garage system. Extension springs work together as independent parts in order to create the counterbalance system with your cables and opener.

You often know extensions springs are broken if your garage door lifts at angle because only one of the springs is functioning. Wear can be see if they are stretched out even in a resting position. Extension springs need to both be replaced at the same time in order to ensure the longevity of your entire system.

Wayne Dalton Torque Master Conversion

Wayne Dalton springs are not visible because they are contained inside a torsion tube. They are a specialized type of spring specific to the Wayne Dalton garage door line. We usually suggest getting a Wayne Dalton conversion if you have this system. When this type of spring breaks, you can usually see your garage door cables hanging loose. Additionally, you can try to lift the garage door manually. If it is heavy, then your spring is most likely broken.

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What Causes Garage Door Springs to Break?

  1. Wear and Tear – The primary reason your garage door spring breaks is because of wear and tear over time. Garage door springs are built to last 10-15,000 cycles of opening and closing your garage door. This translates into 7-10 years depending on how frequently you use your garage door. At the end of this life span, your springs will inevitably need garage door spring replacement. 
  2. Poor Maintenance – Yes, wear and tear over time is inevitable with your garage door, but poor garage door maintenance can also shorten the life of your springs. That is why your garage door needs annual tightening, lubricating, and balancing to operate at its best. These steps can also lengthen the lifespan of your garage door springs by years. 
  3. Rust Build Up – Part of the importance of regular maintenance is that it prevents rust build up on your garage door springs. Without proper lubrication, rust develops on your springs, creating extra friction. This causes your garage door springs to wear down more quickly. 
  4. Unbalanced Parts – To operate at its best, your garage door needs to be properly balanced between the springs, cables, and opener. However, your garage door can become unbalanced over time, putting extra strain on one or both of your garage door springs. The added weight and tension will shorten the lifespan of your garage door springs. 

Why You Shouldn’t Delay Garage Door Spring Repair

Have you noticed your garage door has become extra noisy or see a small break in the garage door spring? These may seem like minor garage door repairs you can delay, but they are signs of major issues with your garage door system. If you continue to use the garage door with a broken garage door spring, you are creating larger problems for yourself down the road. 

First, a broken garage door spring is a safety risk. It could snap completely at any time, sending your garage door crashing down, potentially injuring someone. Second, a broken garage door spring will put extra strain on your garage door opener. This shortens the lifespan of your garage door opener, creating a need for garage door opener replacement sooner. But you should know that garage door spring replacement is a much more affordable repair over garage door opener replacement. 

So instead of delaying garage door spring replacement, call the experts at Aaron Overhead Doors at the first sign of an issue. Performing your garage door spring replacement quickly we increase the safety of your garage and save you money in the future. 

Before/After Broken Spring Replacement

What Can You Do to Test Your Springs?

A door balance test measures how well your garage door springs are functioning. A garage door requires balance because the springs have to have the right amount of tension to hold the garage door. The garage door cannot be too heavy or too light. If your garage door doesn’t have the right balance, it can put pressure on your garage door springs and cause them to wear out faster. This in turn can damage your garage door opener.

There are several signs of an unbalanced door including uneven or slow opening or closing and strange noises. All of these signs mean that weight of your door is not being evenly distributed. This means unnecessary strain is building up and may cause your system to break. To perform a door balance test before any of these symptoms get worse follow these steps:

  1. Close your garage door with you inside.
  2. Disengage your garage door from the opener by pulling the manual release rope that hangs down.
  3. Manually open and close the garage door. It should move smoothly, although it may need some lubrication around the rollers and hinges.
  4. Lift your garage door to the halfway point and release it. If it remains in place, your garage door springs are doing their job to balance the door. If it falls to the ground, then your garage door is out of balance. You can also repeat this test with your door at knee, waist, and chest height to ensure everything is running smoothly.
  5. Reengage your opener by pulling on the manual string.

If you do not feel comfortable completing this test, we would be happy to perform it for you during an annual garage door maintenance appointment. We perform this and many other steps to check your garage door parts, ensuring their function and reliability long term. Contact us at 678-960-3360 to book your appointment and visit our Maintenance page to learn more.

A Few Things That Help Us When You Call

One

Is your garage door wood or steel?

The material of your garage door determines its weight. Wood doors tend to be very heavy while steel doors are lighter. Knowing the material will help us select the best gauge of spring to support your door.

 

Two

Is it a double-car or a single-car wide door?

The width of your garage door will help us determine how many springs your system needs. Even if you only have one spring currently, we can offer you upgrades in order to help your springs and opener last longer.

Three

Do you have one spring or two springs?

This question helps us know if you have torsion or extension springs already installed in your garage. From there, we can ensure we find the right replacement springs in stock to fix your door. 

Frequently Asked Questions!

Like most garage door parts, garage door springs tend to last 10-15,000 cycles of opening and closing your garage door. Depending on how often you use your garage door, this means you can get between 7-10 years out of your springs before replacement. 

Yes, if one of your springs breaks or has significant wear, you need to replace the other as well. This is because they were likely installed at the same time. If one breaks, the other with a similar life span will break soon. 

There are several clear signs that you need a spring replacement to allow your garage door to function correctly. 

  • Garage door won’t open
  • Visible wear or rusting on springs
  • Separation between the coils of the spring
  • Elongation in the springs

We do not suggest replacing a garage door spring yourself unless you have the correct training. After all, garage door springs hold a lot of tension to maintain the weight of your garage door. If you release this tension suddenly, the spring or door could injure your or a family member. Also springs have to be carefully balance to lift your door reliably without causing damage to your door or opener. Instead of taking the risk, let our expert technicians perform your spring replacement. 

Yes, we do! We actually suggest switching from a Wayne Dalton Torque Master system to a torsion spring system. Torsion springs tend to be more reliable, longer lasting, and easier to repair.

Regular maintenance is the best way to increase the life span of your springs. This includes cleaning, lubricating, and balancing the springs. Our technicians can perform annual maintenance checks to ensure the safety and longevity of your entire garage door system. 

The most likely answer to the question, “Why won’t my garage door open?,” is a broken garage door spring. This is because garage door springs carry most of the tension to maintain the weight of your garage door. If you have a broken garage door spring, it can’t create the counterbalance of tension needed to lift your garage door. If your garage door won’t open, you may also need garage door opener repair or garage door cable replacement. 

Garage door springs lift your garage door by creating a counterbalance system with the cables and garage door opener. The spring’s coils hold tension that winds and unwinds as the garage door operates. That’s why maintenance and regular replacement are important to ensure your garage door springs can reliably operate your garage door. 

The best way to know when you need garage door spring replacement is to look out for signs of an issue. Look out for these signs of a potential problem with your garage door spring:

  • You notice loud squeaking or grinding noises as your garage door operates.
  • Your garage door opens halfway and reverses.
  • Your garage door opens very slowly like it’s heavy for the opener. 
  • Your garage door is opening at an angle.
  • Your garage door spring is reaching 10 years of use. 

If you notice any of the above issues as your watch and listen to your garage door operate, you need to schedule a garage door maintenance or repair appointment. One of our technicians can examine your entire garage door system to see if you need garage door repair or garage door spring replacement.

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