So your garage door won’t open?!
You probably won’t give it any thought until it happens to you: You’re heading home from a long day at work. You manage to make it through brutal rush hour traffic, and get to the home stretch. You find yourself turning the corner of your street and clicking your garage door open, just to find the garage door won’t move. So you click it again. And again. And again. Still nothing. You pull up, get out of the car, walk into your house and try to open it from the inside, and it just doesn’t budge.
Before you pull your hair out, one of the most common reasons for garage doors to stop working, without warning, is broken torsion springs.
What is a torsion spring?
A torsion spring counterbalance system consists of one or two tightly wound up springs on a steel shaft with cable drums at both ends. When the garage door is raised, the springs unwind and the stored tension lifts the door by turning the shaft, thus turning the cable drums, wrapping the cables around the grooves on the cable drums. When the door is lowered, the cables unwrap from the drums and the springs are rewound to full tension.
How long do they typically last?
Most garage door manufacturers and dealers either produce or sell garage doors fitted with torsion springs that have a minimum of 10,000 – 15,000 cycles which is estimated to last between 3 to 7 years. What causes them to break?
Factors that can drastically shorten the lifespan of your torsion spring include: adding glass, additional insulation, or even several coats of paint to your garage door. Other factors like poor garage door maintenance, loose tracks, or components will shorten the life of torsion springs. Unfortunately, the main reason torsion springs break is daily wear and tear over the years.
Who should replace a torsion spring?
It is ill advised that you try to replace torsions springs yourself. There are several points on the springs under quite a bit of pressure, and if you are a garage door novice, replacing them on your own can result in serious injury. It’s recommended that you call your local garage door repair guys, if only for your personal safety. Replacing torsion springs typically runs anywhere between $175 and $250, which is well worth your piece of mind, but more importantly, your safety.
If you suspect your garage door may not be working because of broken torsion springs, contact Certified Garage Door Inc. today! $175 Garage Door Spring Repair