Garage Door Spring Repair
Garage Door Medics is the leader in spring replacement for both emergency repairs and annual maintenance. Our expert technicians are here to make sure your spring, and thus your entire garage door system, can operate reliably. After all, without a properly balanced and maintained spring, all your garage door parts will wear out more quickly and lead to a bigger issue. If you need emergency spring replacement, contact GD Medics at the location closest to you!
What are Garage Door Springs?
Garage door springs are a vital element of your garage door system as part of the balance that maintains the weight of your garage door. Located either above or to the side of your door, springs hold a lot of tension to hold the door in place. Like any standard spring you’d see, manufacturers make garage door springs from tightly coiled steel that stretches or winds in on itself. However, they are much larger, measuring 25-27 inches or longer.
Along with the cables and opener, springs create a counterbalance system. This means they use force to offset and maintain the garage door when in operation. Your cables, opener, and springs achieve this by holding a strong amount of tension to balance the door’s weight. However, this also means without a properly functioning spring, you can’t operate your garage door. This is why regular maintenance and annual spring replacements are important to ensuring your garage door system can operate at its best.
Types of Garage Door Springs
There are two primary types of garage door springs: torsion and extension. These two spring types operate differently to open and close your garage door by creating unique counterbalance systems.
If your garage has a torsion spring, you will see it above the door, running horizontally in the middle of the opening. You may have one or two springs depending on the size of your garage door. The counterbalance system created by a torsion system means that the springs rotate, twisting along their axis. This twisting creates torque in the opposite direction, lifting or lowering your door. Torsion springs are the more modern, upgraded spring choice to operate your garage door because they tend to have a longer lifespan and more durability.
Instead of above the door, you can find extension springs on either side of your garage door near the top of the opening. Each garage door system will have two extension springs running vertically, parallel to the door. Extension springs form a counterbalance system by running along pulleys, extending up and down with the door’s operation. Although these two springs work together, they are still independent parts. This means both of them need to be correctly balanced to not put unnecessary strain on other areas of your garage door system. Because extension springs can be more temperamental and can’t carry as much weight, they are not as highly recommended as torsion springs.
Torsion Spring Conversion
If you have an extension spring system and aren’t satisfied with your garage door’s operation, you might want to consider switching to torsion springs. Torsion spring conversion is often recommended to upgrade your garage door system. This is because heavy duty torsion springs have a longer lifespan, hold more weight without strain, and have easier maintenance. A highly experienced GD Medics technician can perform your torsion spring conversion. We remove your current spring system and perform a spring replacement with torsion springs.
Emergency Garage Door Spring Replacement
Garage Door Medics is your go-to garage door company for quality spring replacement. We offer emergency spring replacement services so no matter the time or day, we can perform your repair. Our technicians can also complete your spring replacement in one appointment with the parts we keep on hand. We maintain a quick turnaround time because our trucks remain stocked with springs of all types, gauges, and lengths.
We keep all these parts on hand because there are so many garage door spring varieties. In fact, the size of your spring can change based on the weight, construction, and width of your garage door. However, our technicians can quickly identify the spring gauge you need, upgrading your garage door system with a high cycle replacement. Also, if you have two springs on your garage door, we recommend replacing both. This ensures that both springs can operate reliably without putting extra weight or strain on the other.
Why DIY Spring Replacement is Dangerous
DIY spring replacement is not recommended because garage door springs are dangerous. Within their counterbalance system, they have to maintain an incredible amount of tension. If you release this tension suddenly or incorrectly, it could cause injury to you or a family member. That is why you should always allow a trained professional to perform your spring replacement. Garage Door Medics offers great spring replacement rates to ensure you get a quality repair at an affordable price.
How You Can Lengthen the Life of Your Springs
Regular maintenance is the key to lengthening the life of your garage door springs. This means ensuring your springs are properly balanced, lubricated, and tightened. Without maintenance, your springs wear out more quickly and may require replacement in as few as eight years. However, with careful upkeep, you could get as many as fifteen years out of your heavy duty torsion spring.
Garage Door Medics can perform annual maintenance on your entire garage door system. We perform a 25-point check that ensures the long term functionality of all your parts, especially springs. This ensures the balance of your springs and prevents unnecessary wear over time.
With a quality spring replacement from Garage Door Medics, you can be confident that your garage door system will operate at its best. Within one appointment, either for emergency garage door repair or within normal hours, we can get your garage door up and running again. Following your repair, we will also check the remainder of your garage door parts to ensure the entire system is in working order. Contact us today to schedule your spring replacement!
If you have more questions about why your garage door isn’t working or want to troubleshoot your issue, visit our FAQ page. There, you will find an extensive base of questions to help you solve any problem with your garage door.
Spring Replacement FAQ
Manufacturers measure all garage door parts by cycle. A cycle is one complete open and close of your garage door. Typically, springs are rated for 10-15,000 cycles of operation. This means the lifespan of your springs will depend on how often you use your garage door. This said, garage door springs tend to last between 8-12 years. However, you can increase their lifespan by maintaining your springs.
There are many reasons why your garage door won’t open, but commonly the issue will be with your springs. A broken garage door spring can cause your door not to open automatically or manually because it supports the door’s weight. If the spring can’t hold that weight to lift the door, you can’t operate it. In this case, you likely need a spring replacement for your garage door to function.
The cost of a spring replacement will vary depending on the type of spring you have and gauge of spring you need. Of course, larger and heavier doors require more heavy duty springs. On the other hand, 8-9 foot garage doors may only need a low gauge spring replacement. That said, our spring replacement rates range from $75-150 in addition to the repair appointment service charge. But you can contact us now to give a free estimate for a spring replacement in your home.
Identifying if you have a broken spring is an easy process. First, figure out if you have torsion or extension springs. Torsion springs can be found above your garage door in the middle. You know you have broken torsion springs if you see a 2-4 inch gap between the coils. Torsion springs also make a loud, popping noise if they break suddenly. For extension springs, you can find them running vertically on either side of your garage door. If you have broken extension springs, you will see extensive stretching between the coils or a large break. Also, if your garage door suddenly rises at an angle, one of your extension springs are likely damaged.