The average garage door goes up and down several times a day, thousands of times per year. What’s more, they weigh hundreds of pounds, yet go up with the push of a button. What makes it so easy? The torsion spring. Yet when this spring breaks down, it’s important to realize this is no DIY job. Garage door spring repair should only be done by a professional. While torsion spring replacement on a garage door is generally safer than fixing an extension spring, it’s still a job best left to an experienced technician. The springs on a garage door are extremely dangerous and can cause serious injury and even death.
There are 2 types of garage door springs — torsion and extension. In a nutshell, extension springs fully expand or contract as the door opens or closes. Torsion springs turn. But beyond functioning, the real difference is in the quality and how long they last. Torsion springs are more expensive but will last considerably longer 15,000 to 20,000. Extension springs usually only last 5,000.
The only reason you’d ever want to use extension springs over torsion is if you aren’t planning on living in the house very long and don’t want the extra expense. Torsion springs may be more expensive on the outset, but because they last longer they are a more economical option overtime.
DIY Spring & Cable Inspection
Though we strongly caution against working on your own springs, you should give the springs a visual inspection from time to time. Never touch the springs themselves. Instead, look to see what kind of condition they are in. Are they rusted, fraying, or damaged in any way?
Likewise, you can also visually inspect the cables. Look for any frayed ends, rust, or brittleness.
If you do notice any “wear and tear” that concerns you, give us a call. We’d be happy to come out and do a professional inspection. It’s always best to catch a spring issue before it’s a real problem. These springs can be extremely dangerous if they snap. Plus, if you catch worn out springs before they break, it’s not an emergency you have to deal with before you go to work. You can get it done on your time. It’s not only less stressful, but also a lot less expensive.
DIY Garage Door Maintenance
One of the best ways to avoid costly garage door repair is to regularly keep up on the maintenance yourself. A couple of times a year, you should take a wrench and tighten up the hardware. This stuff tends to rattle loose as we raise and lower our garage doors. Give the rollers an inspection. Look for worn, chipped or cracked rollers. These will have to be replaced. You can easily replace rollers by removing and reinstalling any worn roller brackets.
You should also lubricate all moving parts. Never use WD40. Instead, use white lithium grease on the opener’s chain or screw to coat all moving parts. A spray lubricant, available at most garage door repair shops, is best for springs.
Though you should never actually touch the cables because they’re so dangerous, it’s a good idea to give them a visual inspection several times per year. Look for broken strands and damage near the bottom roller bracket. Also, keep an eye out for rust. If you encounter any wear or damage, call a garage door service professional to schedule an inspection.
The Importance of Annual Inspection
It’s a good idea to have a professional inspect your garage door for any repair needs on an annual basis. This way, he or she can identify maintenance issues before they become real problems. They can make sure all the rollers and brackets are in good condition, that the door is well-balanced, that all critical parts are well oiled. They can check your springs and cables and see if those need repair.
Garage door emergencies do happen, but most can be spotted before they become real problems. That way you can address them on your own time — not first thing on a weekday morning when you’re trying to get to work! Give us a call. We’d be happy to come out and take a look.
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Call Sac’s Garage Door Repair today to have your springs inspected or replaced. We offer 24 hour customer support and complete 100% guaranteed customer satisfaction. We’re a local garage door service company serving the Citrus Heights and greater Sacramento area.