Do you pay close attention to your garage door? If you are like most people, the answer is "no".
Many homeowners miss the signs of a garage door that may need repair. This is most likely attributed to not understanding that it takes more than the garage door opener to operate your garage door.
Garage doors have a spring, or maybe two, which is pivotal to its operation.
Read on for 5 interesting facts you should know.
1. A Garage Door Spring Comes in Two Forms
Garage doors have two types of springs: Extension and Torsion.
The Extension spring is more commonly used on standard grade single garage doors measuring 9 x 7. The spring is mounted above the garage door tracks. They also come equipped with safety cables.
If you have a heavy garage door, one weighing in excess of 400 lbs., you most likely have a torsion spring. These are mounted on the same wall as the garage door, but above it so there is room enough for clearance.
Depending on the weight and width of the door, you may have more than one spring.
2. There are Warning Signs Before the Spring Goes Bad
Don't blame your garage door opener when the garage door fails to open. Chances are there were a few signs that your garage door spring was going bad.
If your garage door is doing any of the following, it may be time to call a garage door repairman:
The door is stalling while opening and closing
The time it takes to open and close is slowing down
The door is uneven
There is separation in the coils of the spring when in the closed position
The door received a forceful impact
3. You Should Replace the Springs After 10,000 Cycles
A cycle is considered to be the number of times you open and close your garage door.
Frequent users need to replace springs more often, or at the least have them inspected by a professional. In terms of years, it depends on usage but every 6 - 10 years is a fair assessment.
4. Repair and Replacement is not Suited for a Weekend DIY Project
Do not attempt to adjust or repair springs if you do not have proper training or experience. There are many DIY websites that show you how, but most do not include the number of injuries reported annually.
A garage door spring has high tension and can snap suddenly causing serious or even fatal injuries.
5. They are Relatively Inexpensive
Compared to the risk involved and the overall hassle of replacing a spring, it is quite inexpensive to hire a professional to come in and do the job for you.
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