Broken Garage Door Springs
Garage Door Spring Replacement
After years and years of wear and tear, your garage door springs may start to break down or even snap in half. As people start to notice this, they also start to wonder what causes torsion springs to break and what does it take to fix it.
Well, if your garage door isn't opening evenly, or if your springs are broken, it's time to change out the springs and have a little general maintenance performed on your door system.
Torsion springs are located directly above the center of the door. A double garage door will have two springs while a single door will have one spring but they are always located above the center of the door. Torsion springs are under high pressure and should be replaced by professionals who have the proper equipment and experience to do the work.
We can all relate to the inconveniences life can throw at us from time to time. The last thing you want to happen is to have your garage door springs break when your car in stuck in the garage at a time you need it most. At Compass we lead by example by following a set of Golden Rules designed to make sure the job is done right and to our customers satisfaction.
Golden Rule #1 - Replace both springs
The life expectancy of torsion springs is about 10,000 cycles. So if you open your garage door 3 to 4 times a day, your spring will last about six to ten years. The ambient temperature can also impact the life of your spring and cause a weakened spring to fail. If you have a double garage door, we recommend that you replace both springs even if only one has failed. Because the second spring is most likely to break soon as well. Investing $50 will save you another $150 in the near future.
Golden Rule #2 - Installing the right torsion springs
Garage doors come in all sizes and weights, so installing the correct spring for the door size and weight is important to properly balance the door. If the springs are replaced with the wrong ones it can damage the door and cause the automatic door opener to work harder than it should or was designed to. Because of this, our technicians always install the correct spring for your door's weight and perform a balance check after the install to ensure everything is working correctly.
Golden Rule #3 - Perform a safety inspection
Every time we replace a torsion spring, we perform a free safety inspection to ensure all the moving parts and hardware are working properly and meet safety standards. We want to make sure there aren't any other problems with your door that can cause a safety problem for our customers. That is why it is our standard practice to provide the free safety inspection.