Garage Door Spring Replacement
Garage Door Repair & Installation
Residential & Commercial
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.
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 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. They 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 door. For this type of spring, you will always have two installed in your garage system. They 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.
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.
Wayne Dalton Torque Master
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.
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.
What can you do to test your springs?
A door balance test measures how well your springs are functioning. A garage door requires balance because the springs have to have the right amount of tension to hold the door. The door cannot be too heavy or too light. If your door doesn’t have the right balance, it can put pressure on your springs and cause them to wear out faster. This in turn can damage your 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. In order 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 door. It should move smoothly, although it may need some lubrication around the rollers and hinges.
4. Lift your door to the halfway point and release it. If it remains in place, your springs are doing their job to balance the door. If it falls to the ground, then your 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 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
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.
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.
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.
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