Garage Door Spring Replacement
Garage door systems include numerous different components, such as springs. When your springs become compromised, the garage door gives you several significant signs. Below is a wealth of information to help you to understand when a garage door spring repair is necessary for you.
What happens when the springs break?
Garage door springs and cables work together to open and close your garage door on demand. When you choose to open your garage door, for example, your cables begin to turn. Assuming they are in good working order, they pass the tension they build up to your garage door springs, which results in the door’s opening.
Whether you have a broken torsion spring or a broken extension spring, there are several telltale signs you can look for to indicate that a spring replacement is in order. These are as follows:
- Your garage door seems to move slower than it normally does.
- If you try to open the door manually, it seems way heavier than usual.
- You notice that you hear a lot of squeaking when the door is in motion.
- It seems like opening and closing the door is way harder than usual.
- The door stays shut, even if you try to use the emergency release to open it.
- The garage door’s safety mechanism stops it after it has only opened a few inches.
All of these are signs of a broken garage door spring, which means that you need professional help from A-Team Garage Door Repair. We offer same-day service seven days a week, which means help is always available for you in short order. Our prices are very affordable, and we have a team of certified technicians to get the job done well.
Our garage door spring best practices
Garage door springs are vital components, but they can also be very dangerous if they’re not handled properly. That’s why our technicians always commit to our garage door spring repair best practices in all the jobs they do. Not only does our team believe in safety, but we don’t want you to have the same problem twice. Here are our best practices:
Replacing both springs
Our technicians begin by checking how many springs the client has in place. If your garage door uses extension springs, there are always two. However, if you have a torsion spring setup, you may have one, or you may have two for redundancy. We don’t want your garage door to fall off track, so our technicians always replace both garage door springs even if you have just one spring broken.
Garage door springs are supposed to work in unison, and we would upset that balance if we were supposed to replace one spring and leave the other. As the springs age, they progressively weaken, which means putting a new spring to work with an older one creates a strength mismatch. This occurrence contributes to an uneven door lift.
Using the right springs
Using the best components is non-negotiable in garage door spring repair. That’s why we only use high quality and high cycle garage door springs that last for many years with an average of around 10,000 cycles. Longevity is an important part of garage door springs, so we choose manufacturers that produce the best ones.
We never start a job without conducting a thorough safety inspection. We must make sure that all the hardware and parts that make up the garage door are working as they should. Our team does not want to start the spring repair process and end up in a sticky situation because some other components are faulty.
What are Torsion Springs?
Torsion springs are more efficient and modern than their extension counterparts. One is placed at the garage door opening’s header, and a drum connects it to your cable. Some systems use a second torsion spring for redundancy, but it also depends on the weight of the garage door. They are very durable, and offer better control of the garage door. Their main downside that they cost more than extension springs.
Homeowners with extension springs can have them removed and replaced with a torsion spring system to derive the more modern benefits.
What are Extension Springs?
Extension springs are the more affordable alternative, and they work in pairs. You can find them above your garage door’s upper tracks. When you open your garage door, these springs use the energy they store while the door is closed to lift the garage door. Their advantages are that they cost less than torsion springs, and that they offer automatic redundancy in the for of the second spring. Their downside is that they don’t last as long as torsion springs and their installation is more troublesome, since they require many components.
The dangers of replacing the garage door springs yourself
When garage door springs break, they are no longer able to support the weight of your door. Therefore, the heavy load can damage your opener gear. Additionally, it’s best to avoid manually lifting the door, as it is susceptible to crashing down, which presents a safety concern.
You may contemplate replacing your garage door springs yourself, but it is not a recommended course of action. The door is dangerous to handle, and working on the springs only compounds that danger. You can gravely harm yourself if you are not careful, so it is a task that is usually better left to the professionals.
Why Choose A-Team Garage Door Repair?
There is no better company to handle your garage door spring replacement than A-Team Garage Door Repair. There are safety regulations synonymous with garage door installations, and being professionals in the field means that we keep abreast of and implement these standards in every job we do. Additionally, our technicians are all licensed, professional, and have years of experience in the field.
Saving yourself money, in the long run, is also another great reason to go the professional route. Not doing so can result in potential damage to other garage door parts, so just give us a call today!