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Wrong Size Spring For Your Garage Door

How do you know if you have the wrong size spring or springs on your garage door? Why does it matter? The wrong size spring can cause very serious problems with your garage doors. Below and in the video, we explain how a spring that is too small, or too large, can cause safety issues.

A properly fitted spring or springs will create a safe, balanced garage door. A spring that is too small or too large can damage your opener, wear on your cables, cause a safety hazard, and more.

The solution to replacing a garage door spring, is first identifying the problem. If the issue is an ill fitting spring, you first need to determine the proper size for your specific door. In the video below you see two cases of improper spring size.

Springs Are Too Small

In the first example, the spring is too small. When the spring is too small, the door is way too heavy. Opening and closing the door with springs that are too small can end up damaging your garage door and your opener.

Springs Are Too Big

In the second example, the springs are too big they are also too strong for the door. This causes excessive force, which can ultimately damage your door and your opener, as well as be unsafe for use.

Notice in both examples how difficult it is to raise and lower the doors when the wrong size spring is used, compared to how easy it is when they are fitted properly.

Two Kinds of Garage Door Springs

Extension springs and torsion springs are the two kinds of garage door springs you’ll find in garage doors. Torsion springs turn as you open and close your garage door. Extension springs do as their name suggests. They extend as your door moves, and helps to balance your garage door. Springs in general last about 10-14 years or 15-20 thousand cycles. Perfect Solutions recommends replacing all springs on your door, even if only 1 snaps or breaks. This we believe is the most cost effective solution long term, and ensures the safety of your garage doors. Generally if one spring breaks, the other is not far behind anyway.

Two Spring System

Many garage doors only have 1 spring installed. This is fine, but we recommend upgrading to 2 springs. It is less expensive long term, and also increases the overall safety of your doors. High cycle springs are another recommended upgrade. This increases the number of cycles your garage door can perform before the springs need replacing again.

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Broken Torque Master Spring on Wayne Dalton Garage Door

Garage door springs are essential to the safe operation of your garage doors. Springs work by maintaining the balance and weight of your garage door. They work together with your cables so that your door will open and close safely. In this post, we will take a look at a broken torque master spring on a Wayne Dalton door, and learn more about fixing this properly.

If one or more of your springs break, your garage door will be very difficult to open, both manually or with your garage door opener.

How do I know if my spring or springs is broken?

Generally your spring breaks while the door is in motion, which means you are nearby. You will most likely hear a loud “spring” type noise when it happens. If your garage door closes, it will then be difficult to open again. If this is the case, your spring is most definitely broken. Not only that, if your garage door is closed and hard to open, getting your car out is next to impossible.

In the video below, you will see what we mean by “hard to open”. The video features a Wayne Dalton garage door, which is hard to open and close due to a broken torque master spring. The method of repair in this case was converting the springs to a standard torsion spring system with double springs. After the spring replacement, you’ll see the door is easy to lift and open, and is also well balanced.

How to Replace Broken Springs

The first step to replace any broken spring or springs is to disengage the motor from the door. After that, you can easily replace the broken spring(s). Replacing broken or damaged springs on your garage door is dangerous! If you have experience doing this, still be careful! If not, it’s best to call a licensed and bonded garage door company who can send out an experienced tech to handle the problem. When springs malfunction, your springs can easily fall on your car, or worse, a person (you!).

Recommendations For Garage Door Spring 

The rule of thumb is to replace garage door springs as a set, even if only one of your springs is damaged or broken. Generally if one spring is broken, the other spring is not far behind. It is easier to replace both simultaneously. We recommend also upgrading from 1 to 2 springs, if your current door only has 1. Two springs is generally cheaper in the long run .

In general, torsion springs have a lifespan of about 15-20,000 cycles, or about 10-14 years. This depends on how often you use your door.

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Never Replace Garage Door Springs Alone

Garage door springs are perhaps one of the most important components of the door and are responsible for it proper functioning. Home owners should understand that replacing these necessary components also presents an extremely high level of danger. One of the most common garage door malfunctions is due to broken springs. All of the springs should be replaced at the same time if the garage door has two, even if the other one is not visibly damaged.

Many DIYers have successfully replaced garage door springs with no incident. It is generally best to leave these types of repairs to a professional or specialist. These individuals are not only trained, but experienced in garage door matters. The two basic types of garage door springs include:
• Torsion Springs may be found directly above the garage door while it is closed.
• Extension springs are situated on both sides over the upper tracks.

Life and Limb

Since springs are tightly wound they must control an intense amount of pressure. Generally, the heavier the garage door, the more pressure exits. One small mistake and slip can cause severe pain, if not serious bodily injury or even death. It can also cause costly damage to property such as vehicles parked in the garage as well as the door itself. The repairs can rack up extensive charges and personal damage is heartbreaking.
It is a good idea to schedule regular appointments for inspection and preventive maintenance. This is best done by a garage door specialist if the owner has no time and/or experience. The preventive maintenance will ensure the garaged door remains functioning properly for an extended amount of time and inspections allow techs to catch repairs before they become dangerous in many cases. These procedures are not extremely difficult for those who are handy; however, they do require the time to complete them. For many this is an additional cost as time is money in this fast paced world.

  • Inspections generally catch worn springs before they break.
  • A large percentage of the time the tech can also catch frayed cables before they snap.
  • The tech will inspect for loose hardware as well.
  • Another potential issue the specialist will check for is whether the springs are out of balance or not.
  • The specialist will most likely lubricate the garage door during the inspection which maintains the door’s function as well as eliminates squeaks.

Spring Brackets

Garage door springs affix to brackets located on the lower portion of the door. These brackets are responsible for intense pressure much like the springs are. Adjusting the brackets is also an extremely touchy job. It can result in injury or property damage. Many newer model garage doors have safety features to help prevent inexperienced individuals from tampering with them and being injured. On the other hand older models do not and, if the inexperienced person is determined, he/she may be able to figure out a way to tamper with them. To prevent injury, damage, or death those with little or no experience should allow a trained professional perform the adjustments.

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Importance of Warranty and High Cycle Springs

The first thing for homeowners must realize is that garage door springs break. Some may last longer than others; however, in the end, they all wear out. There are maintenance tasks which will increase the life of springs and they do usually come with some sort of warranty. No type of garage door spring has an actual lifetime warranty. These are limited and/or not on the springs, but on the service provided. It is important to carefully read contracts, agreements, and potential warranties before committing to any decision. In the event that the wording is confusing, ask a customer rep or tech from the company to explain it until you are absolutely sure that you understand everything.

High Cycle vs Standard

Most professional garage door companies offer clients two types of springs. These are standard and high cycle. Many consumers already know this, but many do not realize that there are several grades of high cycle springs. Garage door springs are graded by the number of cycles they provide. Standard garage door springs are usually anywhere from 7,500 cycles to 15,000 cycles. A cycle refers to one complete operation from raised to lowered or vice versa. A spring can open and close a garage door a certain number of times before it breaks. Home owners who do not use their garage door often can expect standard springs to last a number of years.

Most families open and close their garage door several times on a daily basis. This of course dramatically decreases the number of years that the springs will last. Large families who lead busy lives should opt for high cycle springs. It is interesting to note the number of cycles that each individual company offers as high. For example one garage door company offers high cycle springs which are 18,000 while others believe that 50,000 is considered high. Again always read the fine print and ask questions about anything that concerns you.

Honest, professional garage specialists will be more than happy to clarify. The most accurate method of determining how many cycles are best suited to your home and family includes calculating the number of cycles that the garage door would be used each day. Most all customer representatives will be more than happy to assist with this calculation and determination.

Contact Us Today

Our team of professional garage door techs are on standby waiting for your call. Our specialists are highly trained and familiar with the local area. We advise our clients about which type of garage door, as well as its springs, are best suited to the region and your unique family. We only use premium quality products and supplies for every project that we complete regardless of its size. Ask us about our high cycle springs and their associated warranties. Keep in mind that the money you spend on your garage door is a home investment and should always come with a comprehensive warrantee. Call us today to discuss your next project and we will visit your home to provide you with an honest quote.

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Two-Spring Systems are better than one

Some of the common questions among homeowners concerns one spring system garage doors vs two springs. The two spring system is better for a number of reasons. When the spring of a single system breaks the door becomes jammed in most cases. This means vehicles are trapped inside the garage until the spring is repaired. For those who lead busy lives this may mean missing an important business meeting or, at the very least, being late for work. There are a few garage door openers on the market which enable owners with broken spring systems to open the door, but most will not.

Reasons to Upgrade

A couple of other reasons it is a good idea to upgrade to a two spring garage door system is cost and longevity. Two springs reduce the pressure as well as wear and tear on the system to less than half of only one. Two springs systems do not wear out as quickly and therefore do not need to be repaired or replaced as often. Spring replacement can become expensive, especially if it is necessary to hire a garage door specialist. It is not just the mechanisms of the garage door that must withstand the abuse of only having one spring to perform all of the work. This is also hard on the opener and it too will need to be replaced sooner. That, of course, is yet another future repair cost.

Safety First

It is important to understand the dangers involved in making any repairs or adjustments to garage door springs. These components are under intense pressure and one slip could result in expensive property damage, severe bodily injury, or even death. It is always best for those with no prior experience to hire a professional technician. The same should be said for those without the proper tools to perform these types of adjustments and repairs.

Both springs should be replaced even if only one of them breaks for safety reasons. Most professional garage door companies will only guarantee springs for one year; two at the most. Be sure to check, or ask the specialist to inspect, all of the other garage door components to be sure that they are in good shape. All parts must be in peak condition and functioning at optimal levels for the safety of the entire family. For example, it may be a good idea to go ahead and replace the safety cables, if they have become frayed or worn. Any tracks which are rusted, torn, or bent should be replaced as well.

Give Our Friendly Team a Call

The team at (insert name here) is made up of caring and professional garage door specialists. We will be happy to visit your home or property to discuss your garage door installations, repairs, and/or improvements. Give us a call so you can get started leading the best team in the industry. Our techs will never try to sell you anything that you do not need or want and our highest priority is always your complete satisfaction. We never compromise your project or use any supplies that are less than premium quality products. We look forward to working with you.

 

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Five Probable Reasons Why Your Garage Door Isn’t Opening or Closing Properly

Imagine how frustrating it would be when one morning you wake up and realize you are almost late on an appointment. After hastily bathing and dressing up, you go to get your car and the garage door will not open. Some people will panic, force it open or tinker with the door’s mechanisms. However, the best course of action is to call a garage door company. Garage door companies treat this is an emergency and would head to your home right away to solve the problem.

Why Your Garage Door Wouldn’t Budge

If you are wondering why you’re garage door isn’t opening or closing as it should, there are several possible problems that could be causing it. It could be the photo eye or torsion springs or something as basic as the power source. Read on to learn more about the possible causes of garage doors that seem stuck.

1. Photo eye is obstructed.

Your garage door most probably has a photo eye that detects if there is something beneath the garage door that keeps it from closing all the way. It’s a safety feature in case a child or a family member is below the door when it closes. However, there are times when the photo eye is obstructed so it thinks that there is a block beneath the garage door. When this happens, it refuses to close. The photo eye operates by shooting a laser across the garage length. When this laser is interrupted, the garage will not close.  

You can find the photo eye four to six inches off of the ground under the door. You can check if there is something blocking the laser or if it’s broken. If the photo eye is broken, it needs to be replaced by a certified garage technician.

2. Power source not connected.

This possible reason seems very basic, but sometimes people just don’t check whether the garage door is connected to a power outlet. If your garage door mechanisms don’t even make a weak whirring sound when you try opening the door, then the power source should be your primary suspect.  The solution is simple. You just have to check if the garage door is properly connected to the power source. If not, then just attach it.

However, if you find out that the wire is broken or cut, then don’t put yourself at risk for injuries trying to fix it. Call a certified garage door technician right away. Remember, electricity kills.

3. Remote control is malfunctioning.

If you have ensured that the garage door has power and it’s still not working, try checking your remote control. Try replacing your remote control’s battery. If the battery replacement solved the problem, then well and good. If it is still is not working, have your remote checked by a technician.

4. Torsion springs are broken.

Garage door torsion springs are responsible for making the garage door easy to lift. Without these springs, the door will be too heavy for the mechanism to open. There are times when  due to too much pleasure, the garage door torsion springs break which results in, you guessed it,  the door not opening.

When garage door springs are broken, don’t try to fix it, because it’s already irreparable. Don’t try replacing them yourself either because these could snap or hit you. Many people had to be taken to a hospital because of accidents caused by trying to replace the springs themselves. Call a garage door company and have them send someone to replace the torsion springs.

Work With Garage Door Technicians

When your garage door refuses to open and close properly, it might be one of the problems mentioned above. It is a great idea to have your garage door maintained by certified technicians to avoid problems. A trusted garage door company in California is Perfect Solutions, which has a 24/7 hotline to attend to all your urgent garage door issues.

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