Garage Door Spring Repair

garage door spring repair

Garage door springs may need repairs done after some time. They are used repeatedly and perform an important role in the raising and lowering of the garage door. If you require spring replacement, you can count on A-Team Garage Door Repair to provide quick and professional service. We are licensed and experienced in garage door spring repair services, so let us inspect your garage door if you think your garage door spring might be broken. We have helped countless homeowners in and around Cherry Hill, NJ.

What Happens When The Springs Break?

Garage door springs allow the garage door to be lifted and lowered. The force to do this comes from the motor or physical power if the system is set to manual. The different types of springs work differently, but when the spring is in good shape, you can use the garage door smoothly and without delay or danger.

The springs have to be strong to lift the heavy garage door over and over again. After some years, however, the spring can break. Spring failure happens quicker in the presence of rust. You may notice that the springs are split into more than one piece, that the door no longer moves smoothly or that is doesn’t open or close at all. When you have a broken garage door spring, you should be careful around the garage door until you can get a spring replacement. 

Your garage door cannot function properly when you have a broken torsion spring or a broken extension spring. To get it working again and avert any dangers, contact us. We have certified technicians, who are ready to help you out. We are open 7 days a week and provide same-day service at affordable rates.

Our Garage Door Springs Best Practices

Garage doors have an important function, but due to their heavy nature and their many components like springs and cables they can also be a safety risk. You should always handle your garage door with care and call a certified professional for any repair work required. Our technicians have the necessary skills and follow the best practices during your garage door spring replacements.

Replacing Both Springs

There could be one or two springs controlling your garage door, depending on the spring system you have. For torsion springs, one or two can be used for garage doors of various sizes and weights. There are always two springs when you have an extension spring system. According to best practices, we always replace both springs.

The springs of a garage door operate in conjunction, so it’s always better to replace them together, even if only one is broken. If only one spring is replaced, it is much stronger than the other one. When this happens, the mechanism to lift the garage door operates unevenly. The garage door may even come out of its track.

Using the Right Springs

The garage door springs we use are of high quality and therefore a high cycle. We fit the new springs to you garage door based on the weight of your door. These can last you for many years and go through around 10,000 cycles.

Safety Inspection

The first thing we do before a garage door spring replacement job is performing a careful safety inspection. We check that all of the parts and hardware of the garage door are still in good condition, such as cables, rollers, sensors and panels. If there is anything amiss, we can prescribe the best solution. The safety inspection is crucial to limit the safety risks during the garage door’s use and repair.

Types of Garage Door Springs

What are Garage Door Torsion Springs?

Torsion springs do not stretch and release but instead turn and use rotation to raise the garage door. They are visible and are mounted on a metal bar located directly above the garage door.

Because of the way torsion springs move, they have a great advantage. They last longer because they are not constantly being extended. Despite their benefits, torsion springs cost more than extension springs. 

It is possible to replace an extension spring with a torsion spring system. As a homeowner, you might have to spend more, but it is usually worth the investment.

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What are Garage Door Extension Springs?

The most commonly used type of garage door spring is the extension type. Extension springs are suspended overhead above the tracks on a cable pulley system. As they expand and contract, they cause the garage door to ascend and descend as required.

Extension springs are widely used because they are more affordable than torsion springs. They are also very efficient. The main disadvantages of extension springs include the presence of many components, which increases the risk of failure. These springs do not last as long as torsion springs and requires the additional installation of a safety cable, which kicks into play should they break.

FAQ: Garage Door Spring Repair

What Exactly Is a Garage Door Spring?

There are two types of garage door springs: Torsion springs and extension springs. They appear to be any other type of spring: simply a long metal coil with some wires attached. The main distinction between the two is that torsion springs twist while extension springs expand and compress.

Torsion springs will be wrapped around a bar directly above the garage door, whereas extension springs can be found on both sides of the upper track and should be secured with safety cables (unfortunately, many are not). For some time, torsion springs have been the industry standard. Any new garage built in recent years will use torsion springs rather than extension springs, and it’s always recommended that older homes get their garage doors fixed first.

Is it possible to open a garage door with a broken spring?

Yes, you may still operate a garage door with a broken garage door spring, however it will be considerably more difficult. Because the garage door spring is in charge of balancing the weight of the garage door, it’s better if you’re especially cautious since the door will be heavier and more difficult to open without it. Lifting the door manually is possible, but doing so with assistance from another person is far easier.

What Caused the Spring in My Garage Door to Break?

A garage door spring may break for a variety of reasons. The most prevalent reason for a broken garage door spring is that the springs are old and damaged. Another possible cause of a broken garage door spring is if the door is weighed down with weight. This might occur if a car or other heavy object were leaning against the garage door, preventing it from opening. Improper tension of the springs can lead to their breaking, as can rust, corrosion, or collision damage.

Do I Need to Replace Both Springs on My Garage Door?

If your garage door springs are worn or broken, we recommend that you replace both of them by new springs. The springs are paired, and if one is damaged, the other is likely to be as well. If you only repair or replace one spring, the garage door can become unbalanced and cause additional damage.

How Do I Lift My Garage Door with a Broken Spring?

If you have broken springs, they must be replaced. Springs are under a lot of strain and might be dangerous; as a result, it’s best to get the garage door spring changed by a professional as soon as feasible. If you need to lift the door with a faulty spring, first remove it from the opener by tugging on the red cord. We suggest obtaining help from another individual while opening the door so that you don’t get injured.

How do I know my spring is broken?

That’s simple. The garage door will not go up. Without the garage door spring to raise the door, it will now be extremely heavy and the garage door opener won’t be able to lift it. A typical two-car garage door weighs 160 pounds and is big and difficult to maneuver around. Take a look at the two springs placed on top of the door. They should be solid coils, not fractured. Another indication is if you hear a loud bang in your garage. This is when the spring releases all of its force, generating a lot of noise as the coils expand and violently contract back to their original spring shape.

Why Do Garage Door Springs Break in the Winter?

Garage door springs can break at any time of year and during almost any season, however they are most prone to break during the winter. This has to do with the temperature drop. When the temperature falls below a specific threshold, the metal contracts. Shrinking is difficult on springs, making them more likely to break. If your garage door springs are old, they’re even more likely to break in winter. To reduce the risk of this happening, make sure you oil your springs well before winter begins.

How Can I Maintain My Garage Door Springs to Extend Their Lifespan?

Having to replace a garage door spring is unavoidable, but there are certain things you can do to extend the life of your current garage door springs.

Twice-Yearly Cleaning

Ideally, clean your garage door springs every six months. A quick cleaning and lubrication is usually all that’s needed to keep them in good working order and prevent too much wear and tear.

Look for significant dirt or debris buildup with a soft-bristle brush to remove from your garage door springs. A little dust is acceptable, as the springs are strong enough to withstand it. Coat your garage door springs with silicone spray or white lithium grease, but be careful not to let any of it drip on your vehicle or onto the garage floor.

Rust Prevention

It’s time for another lesson on how rust can harm springs. Simply because of the manner in which rust destroys metal, a rusted garage door spring will have months and even years shaved off its life. It is simple to avoid rust by giving your springs a quick spray with WD-40.

Balance Checking

Checking for wear and tear is one of the most effective ways to maintain your springs. You may inspect them for damage, but sometimes the damage isn’t immediately visible. Try pulling up the garage door from the ground in these situations. Let go halfway up. If the door remains, your springs are likely still working fine. If the door sags or drops significantly, it’s an indication that your springs are on their way out and will need to be replaced soon.

Can I Replace My Garage Door Spring By Myself?

Replacing garage door springs might save you money. While many home repairs don’t require much carpentry knowledge, replacing a garage door spring is not one of them. You could get yourself injured under a falling heavy garage door or have your fingers crushed in a tightly coiled metal spring if you lack the required abilities and expertise.

Professionals in this line of business frequently have spent a lot of time learning and perfecting their craft. A couple of web pages won’t make you an expert in an hour or a few days if you’re not already familiar with the task. Allow a qualified professional to handle the work since replacing garage door springs is such a delicate operation.

Why Choose A-Team Garage Door Repair?

If your garage door spring breaks, you should stay clear and not attempt to lift it manually, as it could come falling rapidly. The weight of the door can damage the garage door opener gear.

Trying to replace the springs yourself can be dangerous because of the door’s weight and the broken spring mechanism. We advise you avoiding this to eliminate the risk of bodily injury and damage to your property.

New garage door springs are best installed by certified professionals. Our technicians are licensed and have years of experience. Using our service guarantees a quality job and saves you money. It also limits the damage to other components of the garage door. Get in touch with A-Team Garage Door Repair if you need garage door spring repair.

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