Garage door springs play a vital role in the efficiency of
your garage door system. Many home and business owners understand the need to
repair a broken spring, yet they don’t quite understand the function of the
springs – or where they’re even located in the garage! That’s why we’re
dedicating this blog post to garage door springs. Here
we will explain what the springs are, what they do, and how they get fixed or replaced…
What are they?
The first thing to know about your garage door springs is that there are two different types. Torsion springs are situated above the closed door, and the extension springs are located right above
What do they do?
Springs are both very involved in the opening and closing of your garage doors. If your garage doors buckle as they move or raise/lower slower than usual, this is typically a sign that your springs may be damaged.
Extension springs are the lesser common model of garage door
spring. If you have these, you should notice long springs that are stretched
parallel to the tracks when the doors are closed. The springs generate energy
from this pressure, which helps to raise your door smoothly.
Torsion springs are the most commonly encountered type of system in garages. Typically mounted above the door opening and horizontal, these springs also help to open your doors through pressurized energy. When you activate your garage door opener, the tension in the stretched springs helps lift the door.
How to Fix Garage Door Springs?
The more you open and close your garage doors, the weaker the steel in the springs becomes – regardless of whether you have torsion or extension. This can lead to your springs becoming damaged or even broken. A garage door with broken springs can fall rapidly and poses severe risks, like injury or death. The more common spring-related injuries, however, occur when an inexperienced DIYer (Do It Yourself) decides to take on this project on their own.
With a system that is under as much pressure as garage door
springs, it’s important to make fixes and replacements with a careful eye and
precise maneuvers. Failure to do so puts you at great risk. This is why any job
relating to your springs should only be completed by a licensed, insured professional. They
can repair or replace your springs in a safe way that guarantees that no damage
will be done to you or your property.