When it comes to opening and closing your garage door, your garage springs do pretty much all of the work. As such, it is only natural that garage springs break over time. A broken garage spring can be a perplexing problem for many, as many homeowners are not sure of exactly how a garage spring works.
Understanding Broken Garage Springs
Understanding broken garage springs can come in handy and save you precious time the next time your car gets stuck inside the garage. To understand how to fix broken garage springs, we first need to know exactly how they work and what causes them to break.
Garage springs can be split into two different types, either adopting a torsion spring system or an extension spring system. Torsion spring systems often have cable drums on both ends and are horizontally mounted on a steel shaft. On the other hand, extension spring systems make use of pulleys and cables to extend and contract and are usually found on the side of garage door tracks.
The garage springs in both systems work similarly, gaining tension as the garage door lowers and losing it as soon as the door is released. As such, most garage springs break when the garage door is being lowered or when it is completely lowered. This is also why you should never walk under an operating garage door; you never know when it may start crashing down.
Common Causes of Broken Garage Springs
Some common causes of broken garage springs are:
If rust develops on any springs, its lifespan will shorten considerably. This is because the presence of rust increases the friction on the coils as the spring moves. One tip to protect against rusting would be to spray down your garage door springs with lubricants three to four times a year.
- Wear and Tear
The most common culprit behind a broken garage spring is wear and tear. Since most springs are constructed to last approximately 10,000 cycles or so, many people assume that they should still be in good condition. However, if the door is used often daily, it can contribute to the lifespan limit of the springs much faster than expected.
How Can We Help
We provide a range of overhead garage door repair services, such as repairing broken garage springs. If you are looking to replace your garage door spring, we can also help you with the installation of garage door springs and openers.
After the repair work, we will conduct a balance test to ensure that the garage door is fixed correctly before leaving.
Why Choose New England Overhead Door?
Since 1952, we have been in business providing quality garage door solutions. With a wealth of experience under our belt, you can rest assured that we offer expert services alongside exceptional customer service. In addition, we are also available 24/7 so you can count on us for emergency repairs.