Your garage door breaks and you don’t know why. You know that it’s frustrating, that it won’t do what it’s supposed to do, and you don’t know the reason it happened. Chances are it’s your garage door spring, a piece of equipment that does most of the work of your garage door. There are different types of springs, and there are a few reasons why it could be malfunctioning. Information on what you have, and what’s going wrong, is key to fixing the problem. Luckily there are many options for garage door repair in Carrollton Texas. With that said, let’s dig into the three main reasons your garage door spring breaks, and what those little buggers even are.
There are two types of spring you could have, and extension spring or a torsion spring.
Extension spring systems mount up on both sides of the track for your garage door. They allow cables to stretch out and pull back using pulleys in order to open and close your door.
Torsion spring systems use one to two tightly bound springs. One or two is dependent on door size. The spring, or springs, are mounted on the header wall above the door, on a steel shaft. There are spools of cable on either end of the spring, which usually has a three-pronged support system with a center and two end bearing plates on both sides.
No matter which type of spring you have, they both work with a similar mechanic. When the door closes the spring winds itself very tightly, and when it opens it unspools. This is the force that is required to open the door. As a result of this, when the door is closed, the spring is under the most pressure. Most garage doors break when they are closed for just this reason. However it is possible for it to break when open, so it’s important not to walk under a door when it’s operating.
Now that you have a better understanding of what is going on in your garage door, let’s go over the main reasons it will break.
Top 3 Reasons Garage Door Springs Break
Wear and Tear.
The most common reason for Garage door failure is common to wear and tear in the spring. Most springs are rated for 10,000 uses. It’s a big number until you really think about how often you use your garage door. A ‘use’ is when the door opens and closes. But, if you use it once in the day, you most likely have to use it a second time. And if there are other people living with you, who use it at different times than you do, or if you’re running multiple errands in a day, and you’re going in and out multiple times, the number of uses really adds up. If you use the garage door as the primary means of entry you might want to invest in an extended lifetime torsion spring which is rated for 20,000 uses, doubling its uses.
Any amount of rust will severely shorten the lifetime of your garage door spring. Rust has two major, and negative, effects on your springs. First off it increases the friction on the system, which requires more energy from your spring to operate. And secondly, it corrodes your spring, or spring system, which will weaken it over time. The combination of more work required and decreased integrity of the system will cause it to break earlier. Spraying the spring down with silicone-based lubricant, three to four times a year, will greatly reduce the possibility of this issue.
The final reason your springs will fail is improper maintenance. Keeping track of your door not only increases its lifespan but can let you know when it’s going to fail. In addition to adding lubricant, you can also check the garage door balance at least once a year. To do this you pull the red release cord to put it in manual mode. Then lift it halfway open. If it doesn’t move the spring is fine. If it sags or falls, there’s a problem.
Remember to seek proper help with garage door repair in Carrollton Texas, or really anywhere you have the need.