Garage Door Springs: Why They Break

Posted on May 27, 2021 By Concord Garage Doors 
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Garage door springs are an integral part of any garage door. They are used to hold the weight of the door and keep it from falling on you. However, they can be extremely dangerous if they break. In this blog post, we will discuss why these springs break and prevent them from doing so in the future!

What Is Garage Door Springs And Why They Important?

Before we talk about the reasons garage door springs break, it is essential to know what they are and why they have become an integral part of any garage door.

Garage door springs hold up a heavy garage door by using metal coils that flex when the spring is stretched, which pushes against gravity so that no matter how high or low you put your car in the bay, you can always exit without having to worry about banging your head on a falling garage door.

When these springs break, a garage door can become unsafe for use as it will be too heavy to lift, or the metal coils might fly out at you.

To avoid springs going wrong in the future, they must be inspected. Weak ones should be inspected and replaced with new ones as needed every year.

What Are The Different Types of Garage Door Springs

There are two types of garage door springs: torsion and extension.

Torsion Springs

Torsion springs are the primary component in a garage door and rely on tight, high-tension coils or spirals. One or two springs may be used, depending on the size of the door. Torsion Springs are mounted to the top of the opening on the header near the top of your garage door. Springs are supported by a three-pronged system that stabilizes one end and secures two of the prongs.

Extension Springs

These types of springs are extended from the top of a door's track. They anchor on both sides and go in different directions. These springs compress and release with the assistance of cables that attach them to the pulleys when the door moves. Extension springs provide a smoother motion for the weight distribution of your garage door by allowing it to contract and extend as far as necessary.

No matter the kind, your garage springs are what are responsible for opening and closing the door. When lowering the garage door, tension occurs in the springs. When raising the door, this tension is released, and they assist with lifting.

Since the garage door is most compressed when it's closed, your door springs are under the most tension. When used often and left down for a long time, most garage door springs break. A garage door could fall if the spring breaks when open. For this reason, we stay away from an operating garage door whenever it's sliding.

If you want to learn more about the difference between torsion and extension springs click on the link.

Most Common Reasons That Garage Door Springs Break

The most common reasons that garage door springs break are:

1. Wear and Tear

Wear and Tear from use is the most common reason for a garage door spring to break. Residential garage doors typically have springs that can carry up to 10,000 cycles before breaking. For example, if a door goes up and down twice in one cycle, the springs break after a hundred thousand cycles. Consider that you go through two cycles a day, with the car either being taken out of or put back in your garage.

Doing daily errands in the garage, work leave if a spouse or kids repeatedly opening and closing the door can so prematurely fatigue your door spring. Unfortunately, garage doors are not designed to be used as a front door. If your garage door is receiving heavy use and the springs have begun to weaken, you might want to consider heavier-duty springs rated for extended cycles.

2. Rust

If rust development is noted on your spring, it could cut its lifespan in half. As it moves back and forth, rust increases the tension on the coils while corroding the springs themselves. Corrosion is another problem that leads to spring failure. Rust will weaken the springs and cause them to break down more quickly.

When sprayed with a lubricant three or four times per year, springs can maintain proper lubrication and extend their lifespan.

3. Poor Maintenance

At some point, any Garage door springs will eventually break, but with regular maintenance, you can avoid premature wear & tear and be alerted when they're close to breaking. To avoid the headache of not being able to open your garage door or potentially running into a financial problem due to costly repairs, it is important to do maintenance on our springs. In addition to lubricating your garage door springs every so often, it's essential to check the balance regularly. It should be checked in the wintertime when most springs break down.

To check garage door balance:

  • Move the door to manual mode by using the emergency release cord.
  • If you raise the door halfway and then release your grip on it, it should hold itself up without any issues if the springs are in good working order. When the door sags and falls, it typically means that your springs are starting to wear down.

If you experience disrupted garage door operation, a broken or rusty spring may have caused the issue. It's better to have this repaired by trustworthy professional technicians who possess specialized training and tools that produce safe performance results.

Call Professional Garage Door Services

This blog post has given you a lot of information about the different garage door springs, their importance in your home, and how they can break. You may want to call for professional help at Concord Garage Doors if you have any issues with your broken or malfunctioning garage door spring that needs repair. Give us a call today and we will replace your garage door spring!