What You Need to Know About Your Garage Door Springs

You push a button to open and close your garage door multiple times a day without a second thought. Thanks to your garage springs, you don’t even have to think about the process of lifting up a heavy door or setting it down gently. Garage springs are doing all the heavy lifting every time you come and go.

When something goes wrong with the springs, it goes wrong in a big way. Because springs incredibly powerful, they can also be very dangerous if they aren’t up-to-date. Checking up on your springs occasionally will help you stay safe and allow your door to remain functional.

Here are the details about your garage door springs and how you can keep them in good condition.

Identify the Type of Spring on Your Garage Door

There are two different types of springs: torsion and extension. Torsion springs are located at the top of the door and extension springs are on both the sides.

Extension springs function by extending and contracting when you open and close your door.

They are the most common type of spring used for garage doors and last anywhere from 5000 to 10,000 lifts.

Torsion springs function by coiling tighter and then loosening when you open and close your door. These are stronger and last longer than extension springs—about 15,000 to 20,000 lifts. They are also more expensive.

Inspect for Safety Cables

Your springs are under a great deal of stress and pressure. If they break they can cause sudden damage or injury when the garage door falls. Fortunately, most garage doors have safety cables that control the door when the springs fail, but emergency measures don’t always pull through.

Inspect your door to see if you have safety cables. They are wire cables running through the center of the spring and are attached to a wall, ceiling, or other support.

Test for Spring Balance

When your door is anything but smooth and quiet, one culprit is out-of-balance springs. Think you can get on alright with that halting, noisy door? Think again. Left alone, unbalanced springs can cause stress on other parts of your door, which results in major repairs down the road.

If you suspect you have a balance problem, pull the cord to disconnect your door from the automatic system and try to open and close the door on your own manually. If it continues to be difficult to manage, you probably do have unbalanced springs.

Maintain Spring Brackets

The springs are attached to brackets at the bottom of the door. They take on a lot of tension. Occasionally, these get out of alignment, but because they are attached directly to the spring, they can be dangerous. If it looks like you need an adjustment, call in the pros.

Get Down to the Nitty-Gritty

It’s easy to ignore your garage door springs until it is too late. Keep an eye on them so you can avoid dangerous fails and costly repairs. If you have questions about your springs give the pros at American Eagle Doors a call at 1-877-345-3667. We service Winnetka, Northfield,  Kenilworth,  Wilmette,  Evanston,  Skokie,  Morton Grove,  and Niles IL.

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