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Garage Door Spring Repair Projects

Below is a collection of a few spring repair projects we’ve completed lately. Spring repair is one of the most common repairs we perform.

The most common issue is springs that are not the right size to support the weight of the door. This can cause problems, including the opener not functioning properly. It can also shorten the life of your springs and opener.

We generally recommend a dual spring system for all garage doors. This helps your springs function properly. Your entire garage door system will also last longer.

While there is a higher upfront cost with a dual spring system, it’s worth it over the life of your springs. Plus, it helps your door function safely.

Spring Repair #1

Here you can see a broken spring. When we arrived, we upgraded to a 2 spring system. We also reinforced the garage door.

The springs should last longer in a dual spring system. It will support the weight of the door better, and allow the garage door opener to function longer.

Customers tend to be scared to upgrade to a dual spring system at first since it is more expensive upfront. The time you will get out of your system returns your investment.

The harder impact on your garage door opener with 1 spring versus 2 makes a dual spring system more affordable in the long run, since you will get more life out of your opener.

We also installed braces, as you can see in the picture above, to reinforce the garage door. Reinforcing the door helps to prevent cracks.

Spring Repair #2

This house was built by a big builder. These builders generally take the easy and cheap route when building homes. That means that garage doors generally only have 1 heavy duty torsion spring installed. While it saves them money upfront, like we talked about above, it doesn’t give as much life as a dual spring system.

A double size garage door, like the one in this picture, will function better and last longer with a dual spring system. The double springs will also balance the door more effectively. This helps the garage door opener work better.

The spring works by carrying the weight of the door. Doors are heavy! If you think you have a broken spring, or if the spring looks like it does above, or in any of the before pictures in this post, call us! We can check it before it snaps, which can cause damage.

Spring Repair #3

The videos below show a spring that is too small for this garage door. The customer called saying he could only open his garage door part of the way. You can see what we mean in the video:

After troubleshooting for a while, we realized the door is too heavy for the springs, which are too small for the door.

We changed the springs to properly fitting ones, and adjusted the motor. The door is working like new now!

Spring Repair #4

A standard spring repair. Broken spring before…

Newly installed springs, after…

Spring Repair #5

This spring broke in TWO places!

We quickly swapped it out for new springs, and good as new!

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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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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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A Garage Door Spring 101

shutterstock_662638Without springs, your garage door would be no fun at all. After all it’s a very heavy item. The springs which are fitted to the door are what make it so easy to open and close, even if you have no automatic opener. Yet you probably don’t pay those door springs too much mind until something goes wrong with your door. Knowing a little bit about these springs however, can help you to head off any serious and expensive future problems. Therefore, today’s post provides a few useful facts about garage door springs.

Two Types of Garage Door Spring

The first thing to know about garage door springs is that there are two types. These are known as torsion springs and extension springs. Torsion springs are situated along the top of the door opening. They work by uncoiling as the door is opened and coiling up when it’s closed. Extension springs are fitted parallel to the horizontal section of your door tracks. Instead of uncoiling, they extend as the door is opened and retract as it closes. Another important thing to note is that both types of springs are always installed in pairs.

About Garage Door Springs and Safety

Torsion springs and extension springs are all installed under an immense amount of tension. Under no circumstances should you try and work on the springs yourself. Removal and replacement of springs should always be done by a professional garage door installation and repair service. For the uninitiated DIY enthusiast, the uncontrolled and sudden release of door spring tension can result in serious injury. By all means, lubricate the springs occasionally, but for anything more than this, call in the experts.

Life Expectancy of Garage Door Springs

Generally, there is not too much that can go wrong with your garage door springs. Eventually wear and tear will take a toll on them and will result in weakness. The average door spring is good for 10,000 cycles of opening and closing. Therefore if you only open your garage once in the morning and once in the evening and perhaps a few more times on weekends, you can expect at least ten years of use from your springs. Conversely, if you have a large family who are regularly in and out of your garage, ten years use would be optimistic.

If your garage door does get heavily used, it can be worth investing in “extended life” door springs. While they are twice the price of standard springs, but you can expect them to last four times as long, which definitely makes them a value proposition the next time you need to replace your springs.

It’s actually very easy to identify when the time to replace your springs has come. With the garage door in manual mode, lower it all the way down. Then lift the door to a height of about two feet from the ground. Now let go of the door. If the door starts to slide downwards, the springs have lost their strength and will soon need to be replaced.

Now you know a little more about your garage door springs, just remember to test their strength occasionally and lubricate them with light oil every three months or so. Otherwise you can continue to pay them little mind and they will serve you well for years.

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5 Crucial Things That You Should Know When Shopping For Garage Door Springs

garageGarage door springs are some of the door’s components that need to be kept in good working order since they determine how smoothly a door closes and opens. More importantly, they need to be inspected frequently because the breakage of a garage door can cause the door to come crashing down. This is not only expensive because it can cause irreparable damage to the door necessitating that a new one is installed but can also cause injury to a person if he or she is standing under the door. If you find that your garage door springs have broken or are weak and need replacing, there are five things that you must know when you get to the home depot store.

The Number of Springs

When shopping for garage door springs, you should know how many springs you will need to buy. The number of springs on a door is largely determined by the type of garage door and manufacturer. While it is not common for all springs on a garage door to break on one occasion, it is recommended that you replace springs in pairs. What this means is that if the spring on one side breaks, the best way to keep that garage door working well by being properly balanced is to replace the broken spring and its identical spring on the other side of the door. This allows for the forces to be distributed equally which prolongs the life of the springs.

The Garage Door Height

The door height determines the size of spring that a door uses. If you have an 8 foot door, you should specifically buy springs for an 8 foot door. Using a spring for a 7 foot door on an 8 foot door will cause the springs to stretch more than they are supposed to. This increases the risk for breakage of the springs.

Spring Length

The length of a garage door spring determines how long it can stretch. The size that is quoted on the spring is its size when compressed. Picking out the right spring size can be quite confusing since it is possible to have several spring sizes for a specific garage door. If you find yourself in a situation like this, just keep in mind that the larger springs are for the taller doors.

Garage Door Weight

The weight of the garage door also affects the choice of springs. A heavy door will need springs that are closely wound since it will stretch them more than a lighter door. The weight of the door depends on the material with which the door has been made.

The Spring Ends

Many people don’t realize that garage door springs are color coded. The color coding is used to determine the stretch and tension associated with the spring. To determine what color code to buy, look at your old springs.

With these five pointers, you should be able to you pick the fitting springs for your garage door with ease.

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