Repairing a garage door spring is one of the most commonly called upon jobs in the garage door industry. It is also one of the most dangerous. It is definitely not a DIY job. Garage door springs come under an incredible amount of tension, and if suddenly released improperly can cause serious bodily harm and even death. Replacement of the springs requires specialized tools as well as professional expertise. If you’ve got a spring problem, call the professionals at Sac’s Garage Door Repair for advice. We’ll be glad to help. Remember, your family’s safety comes first!
There are two types of garage door springs. The Torsion spring runs across the bar at the top of the garage door. It’s wound under tremendous tension in order to lift a heavy garage door with ease. Extension springs run on either side of the garage door. The springs are designed to stretch as the garage door is lowered.
How Long Do Garage Door Springs Last?
Your average torsion spring will last 10,000 cycles — about 6 to 9 years, depending on how often you use your garage door. A cycle is measured as one opening and closing of the door. So if you open and close your door 4 times per day, the spring should last a while, but not nearly as long as a door. Since you can expect a door to last 20 to 30 years, you should expect to replace your springs on average 5 to 6 times during a door’s lifetime.
The good news is that replacing garage door springs are not exorbitantly expensive or reflective of the lifespan of a door itself. Just be sure to hire a professional to replace your springs because they are extremely dangerous.
Have You Oiled Your Springs Lately?
It is a good idea to oil your garage door springs every few months. This is an easy DIY repair that can add years to your springs.
Apply a light coat of garage door lubricant to the springs and components of the garage door. Go over pretty much every moving part — rollers, brackets, springs, etc. Do not use WD40 because this can cause the parts of your garage door to prematurely rust.
While you’re at it, inspect the springs, cables and parts for any signs of wear or damage. If you notice damage to the springs, call your local garage door repair company for a more extensive inspection.
Keeping the springs to your garage door well oiled will not only help them last longer but help your door to run smoother and quieter.
Door Off Track? Problem with Springs? Call Sac’s 24/7
If you’ve got a problem with your garage door, whether it’s the springs or your door is off track, call the professionals at Sac’s Garage Door Repair. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We understand how important your garage door can be, both for your convenience as well as your family’s safety. We feature reliable and professional service to Citrus Heights and the Greater Sacramento areas.