A garage door spring will usually break after a few years and if you live in coastal climate rust can be a factor in damage too. If you have a broken spring it is more than just an inconvenience of having to just raise the door manually, it can cause a risk of injury if the door falls onto a person or a pet.
If the springs aren’t broken but your garage door is still not working it could be a simple adjustment or lubrication of the springs that will fix the door. The life expectancy of your garage door spring is around 10,000 cycles of opening and closing the door.
What Does A Garage Door Spring Do?
Garage door springs counteract the force of gravity to make the door easier to lift open. When the garage door closes, tension will build up and then this tension is released when the door opens.
Springs also act as a safety mechanism to stop the door from falling and causing industry. A garage door with a broken or missing spring should not be opened or closed using an automatic opener. In an emergency please lift the door.
How Much Does It Cost To Replace A Garage Door Spring?
Garage door springs are mechanical components that are used to create a smooth-running garage door. Like all mechanical items it decays and requires a repair job or replacement. You can use a garage door repair company to replace or repair it. Here are some guidelines into how much it will be to replace a garage door spring.
Generally, you can find two different types of springs in a garage door, there is a torsion spring and an extension spring. Extension springs are usually the most economical whereas torsion springs are a lot easier to get a hold of online.
Spring pressure is tightly compressing the coils of the spring. This is usually achieved by a metal cable drum that tightens the spring when the door is lowered. Torsion springs are mounted horizontally over a garage door.
- Most Common Type Of Spring
- Early Set Torsion Spring
- Torsion Spring
Pressure here is created by stretching. They run parallel to the overhead tracks and get stretched out when the door is lowered.
- Open Looped Extension Spring
- Double Looped Extension Spring
- Clipped End Extension Spring
How Do You Know Your Spring Is Broken?
Here are some of the tops ways in which you will be able to tell that your springs are broken
- The door is heavy & hard to open
- The door is crooked or bent at the top
- The door won’t stay up by itself
- Pulley & Cables are loose and hand down
- Spring unwinds and makes a loud noise
- The door makes jerky movements whilst opening
- Door slams down while closing
- The manual emergency rope is not working
- The door goes up but the safety lock stops it from going down
Life of Garage Door Springs
The average lifespan for a garage spring as mentioned above is 10,000 cycles which comes to 7-9 years assuming that it completes 4 cycles in a day. Torsion springs cost around £50 – £100 and £60 to £100.
It is highly recommended that you change both of the springs even if only one fails. The chances are that if one spring breaks the second one will usually follow suit, this is why it is best to order both at the same time. The door will run a lot smoother when both are replaced.
Contact A Garage Door Repair Company
If you have tried the previous steps to no success it’s time to get in contact with a professional garage door repair company. We understand that not all issues can be solved by yourself and sometimes is best to leave it to a trained professional. At least by contacting someone you gain total peace of mind that the repair job has been completed properly and the same issue will not occur again.