WHY DO GARAGE DOOR SPRINGS BREAK
Updated: Jan 20
Whatever Garage Door you have will have springs. A spring on the garage door works as the counterbalance for the weight of the #GarageDoor . Most residential garage doors in our service area weigh anywhere between 85lbs and 450lbs. Without the springs on a garage door, your opener would be trying to lift the full weight of the door. The springs take the weight and make it as close to neutral weight as possible. So if your door weighs 250lbs, the springs will make so the #garagedooropener is only pushing and pulling at most 20lbs. The springs in a sense defy gravity.
The most common type of Garage Door spring is the torsion spring. #GarageDoorTorsionSpring typically uses one or two (depending on door size) tightly wound springs. The springs are located horizontally on a steel shaft and have cable drums at both ends. The torsion spring is mounted to the header wall above the garage door.
Your #GarageSprings are responsible for helping the door raise and lower. When the garage door is lowered, the springs gain tension. When raising the garage door, tension is released and the spring assists with the lifting. Its important to note, your garage door springs have most tension when the garage door is in the closed position.
Why Do #GarageDoorSprings Break?
When a Garage Door Spring Breaks, your door will not open. This is because your spring is the counterbalance and has broken. By far the biggest reason for garage door spring failure is simple wear and tear. Most springs are engineered and rated for about 10,000 cycles – one cycle being the garage door going up and coming back down to close. An average household will use the garage door over 3 times a day. Which means the spring will last around 9 years. Some households can have a broken garage door spring every 3 years if they use their door a lot.
Think of it this way, If you drive your car every day, you will need to change the tires eventually. Same thing with a Garage Door spring. If you use the door it will break. It is no different than bending a paper clip back and forth.
Luckily for you we have you covered, and are able to fix your #RepairGarageDoorSpring. Visit https://www.southerngaragedoors.net/garage-door-springs for more info.
We highly advise broken garage door spring repairs be performed by professional technicians who possess the proper training and tools to complete the job safety.