Garage Door Acting Funny? 3 Things You Should Know About The Torsion Springs

Posted on: 21 July 2015

You may not realize it, but the torsion springs on your garage door can wear out and break. When they do, they can damage your home and cause serious injuries to you or your loved ones.

If you can't remember the last time you had your garage door inspected – or you recently purchased an existing home – you should have a repair technician come out for an inspection. Here are some things you should know about your garage door springs.

It's Not a DIY Project

Replacing the springs on your garage door is not a DIY project. While it might look like an easy job, it's actually quite dangerous. Depending on the type of door you have, it weighs anywhere from about 240 lbs to about 360 lbs. Once the springs are removed, you'll be able to feel the full force of that weight. If you're not experienced in garage door repair, that door could collapse on you.

The springs are another reason why you should have a trained professional take care of the repairs. Springs must be selected according to the size and weight of each garage door. Once they're installed on the door, they must be adjusted to ensure they function properly. Installing the wrong springs – or adjusting them improperly – can lead to injuries.

Out With the Old

If you own an older home, chances are your springs are older too. Take a look at your garage door springs. Are they covered by what looks like a thin metal tube? Or, can you see the actual spring coil? If you can see the spring coil, you have outdated springs. To protect you and your family, you should have those replaced as soon as possible.

The purpose of the metal covering over garage door springs, is to contain the spring and protect you from injuries should it break. Springs are tightly wound and are under extreme pressure. Once they break, the pressure behind the spring can cause it to propel out and away from the door.

Replace Both Springs

Don't just replace one spring, replace them all. Garage door springs wear out after about 10,000 uses. So, if one of your springs has worn out, the chances are good that the other one is going to wear out soon. Replacing both of them will reduce the chances that you have to have your repair technician come back out just a few weeks or months later.

Replacing both of the springs at the same time will also keep your door operating properly. This is particularly true if the other spring is worn out. Uneven weight distribution can lead to spring failure, especially if the new spring is holding most of the weight of the door.

For more information, contact Dorsey Garage Doors or a similar company.

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