If you don’t give much thought to your garage door, you’re not alone. Most people take their garage doors for granted until they need to be repaired or replaced.
We don’t ask you to become experts on garage door repair! That’s what we’re here for. We’re trained, licensed, and certified garage door experts — repairing and installing garage doors for the Sacramento area.
Garage Door Springs: Not a DIY Repair
While some garage door repairs (like repairing the garage door bottom seal, for instance) are easily DIY, we don’t recommend that approach for garage door springs. If your garage door springs need repaired or replaced, we strongly encourage you to call a garage door professional. They have both the training and the tools to repair your garage door springs safely and effectively.
Keep in mind that garage door springs are under an incredible amount of tension. This tension raises and lowers your garage door — makes the door feel light as a feather, despite the fact that it weighs hundreds of pounds. If the spring should suddenly snap, it can cause serious bodily injury, even death.
One thing you can do for your garage door springs is to inspect them occasionally. Check the springs for signs of rust, brittleness, slacking or looseness. If you notice a problem, contact a garage door repair professional for a more thorough inspection.
Torsion vs Extension Garage Door Springs
Torsion springs are the more modern variety of garage door spring. In a torsion spring system there is a spring bar/torsion tube mounted on the header on the inside of the garage door opening. They are mounted with a center bracket that holds the springs in place. A drum is connected at each end of the torsion bar holding the torsion spring. Cables attach to the bottom bracket on each side of the garage door.
The cables run along the side of the door and wrap around the drum as the garage door opens and closes. The torsion springs provide the force to close the door. The cables are what do the heavy lifting.
Torsion springs come in a variety of sizes — the size of the spring dependent on the size and weight of the garage door. Most torsion springs get about 20,000 to 30,000 cycles — which measures the lifespan of the door. Torsion springs tend to last longer than extension springs but cost a little more. Because of their longer life span, torsion springs’ extra cost is well worth it.
Extension springs are your more classic garage door spring. They mounted on both sides of the
garage door attaching to the track supports at one end and to the tracks at the other end via the cables. In an extension springs, the cable is still attached to the bottom bracket on the bottom panel of the garage door and then through a series of pulleys attached to the springs and finally to the track, with adjustment clips to balance the door. Extension springs stretch as the garage door is closed and loosen as the garage door opens.
You’ll want to replace extension springs in pairs in order to maintain balance.
If you have a legacy extension spring system, we recommend upgrading your springs to torsion springs because they are more efficient and last longer. They are also much safer.