Broken Garage Door Spring Repair
All garage doors rely on heavy-duty springs to operate. Most garage door manufacturers use torsion springs to perform the heavy lifting. Below is a guide to help provide a basic understanding of the different types of garage door springs, including best practices, Safety, and Warranty Information to help you make the right decision for your family.
Garage door springs and Broken garage door springs repaired 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Residential and commercial garage doors alike rely on heavy-duty springs, not the garage door opener, to efficiently support the hefty weight- we’re talking 400lbs at minimum here-of their garage door(s).
Under extreme pressure, the spring system goes through a cycle of contracting and relaxing, each and every time you open or close your garage door. Sound tiring? That because it is; just like with anything else under pressure, eventually the time will come when garage door springs break, and you need prompt repair.
Garage Door Spring Repair
Torsion Springs: If your springs are of the torsion variety, they will be located parallel to the top inside of your garage door, with aluminum drums on each side. Torsion springs are wound under immense tension; allowing for the efficient operation of your garage door.
Extension Springs: These springs are located on either side of the garage door, perpendicular to it. They act as a big, steel rubber band that stretches as the garage door is closed and constricts as it is opened.
Garage Door Spring Types
Choosing the best garage door spring for you largely depends on your needs, overall use, budget, and how long you plan to stay in the home. Below is a brief description of the different types of replacement springs, including advantages and disadvantage of each.
PDS Technician carry 3 different types of garage door replacement springs to choose from on their trucks. Choosing the best garage door spring for you largely depends on the overall use, budget, and how long you plan to stay in the home. Below is a brief description of the different types of replacement springs, including advantages and disadvantage of each. The 3 types of garage door torsion springs are: Galvanized, Oil Tempered, and PDS Powder Coated Springs.
Galvanized Torsion Springs
The good news about Galvanized garage door springs boast long cycle lives, meaning they will wind and unwind tens of thousands of times without breaking. Galvanized springs, typically cost much less than other springs initially, and look better.
The bad news is that they quickly weaken to the point where they stop doing their job of lifting the door. Within 90 days galvanized springs may have to be tightened as they relax and wear out very quickly, and may create unnecessary and costly repairs if not maintained properly. Recommended for temporary and inexpensive garage door spring replacement. Requires Heavy Maintenance.
Oil Tempered Torsion Springs
Heat treated Oil Tempered Garage Door Springs are made of Hardened Spring Steel, specifically designed for heavy duty spring use. Oil Tempered springs have longer useful life span. They will break before galvanized springs but they will keep lifting the door long after galvanized springs stop doing their job altogether. Oil-tempered torsion springs are known for their exceptional durability and require less maintenance. It’s not uncommon for an oil-tempered spring under constant use to last 3 times longer than galvanized springs.
However, there are a few downsides to consider, including poor rust protection, a messy installation which can leave a black oil residue, and a short lifespan. Oil-tempered torsion springs have no natural protection against rust formation, which could lead to rust. Rust may cause noise and a premature broken spring. When evaluating the initial cost vs. the life expectancy, oil tempered springs are often seen as the best value for homeowners planning to stay in their homes for less than 5 years. Requires moderate maintenance.
PDS Powder Coated Garage Door Springs
Engineered and tested to be the longest lasting, most dependable garage door spring on the market. Clean installation, weather resistant, powder coated spring to help eliminate rust, noise and maintenance. Reduces down time, costly repairs on other garage door parts, and extends the life of the garage door opener. Typically last up to 3 times longer than traditional garage door springs, without service. The down side is requires a higher upfront cost. Recommended for homeowners planning to be in their homes for more than 5 years, or desire to reduce down time, maintenance and repairs. Requires No Maintenance! Not available in retail outlets. Precision installs a weather resistant powder coated spring to prevent corrosion and friction.
PDS Technicians’ carry all 3 different types of garage door replacement springs to choose from on the truck and can usually be installed within an hour. All springs have a PDS Warranty!
Garage Door Spring Repair Best Practices
Every homeowner can relate to how the need for a home repair is thrown at you at the worst possible times. The last thing you want to happen is have your car stuck in the garage when you need it most, especially when it’s only been a couple months, weeks, or even days after your last garage door repair! Below are best practices to help you avoid the possibility having your car trapped inside your garage and avoid future costly repairs.
Best Practice #1 – Replacing Both Springs
Most garage doors have two springs installed at the same time, when one breaks it’s safe to say the second spring’s life expectancy has just about expired. In order to save you from future inconvenience, unsafe garage door practices, and damaging your garage door opener, it is recommend to replace both springs. If you’ve had the same tires on your car for a while and one blows out while you’re driving, wouldn’t you replace them both? It’s extremely important to properly maintain equipment such as garage doors for your safety, value and convenience.
Best Practice #2 – Using the Right Springs
Since garage doors come in all weights and sizes, the right springs need to be installed in order to properly balance the door. If you put the wrong spring on your door, not only will this possibly damage your garage door system, but it will cause the garage door opener to do more work than it was built to do and possibly fail. PDS Technicians are specifically trained to install the right springs for the door’s size and weight, then check their work by performing a balance test.
Best Practice #3 – Safety Inspection
Complete Safety Inspection of ALL moving parts, including the garage door and opener. Not just for the springs, but the entire system. As part of our Best Practices, Precision provides a free safety inspection to make sure all the hardware and moving parts on your door are in good working condition and meet safety standards. If springs are bad, the rest of the garage door hardware must be carefully inspected. Other moving parts were probably installed at the same time as the springs, and might possibly be worn to an unsafe state. Think about spring failure as a symptom to a possibly larger problem with your door. Precision Best Practice to provide a free safety inspection with every visit and maintain a safe environment for our customers.
Best Practice #4 – Leave it To a Professional
Your garage door’s springs are arguably the most important and most dangerous part of your door. Springs wear out and break, and can possibly lead to injury when they do. If your garage door is more than 2 years old, have your springs inspected by a professional technician and replaced if needed. Springs are like bald tires, just because the tire still holds air does not mean its’ safe. Correct spring sizes and combinations must be determined by a trained professional.
If the cables that attach the spring system to the bottom brackets on both sides of the door are frayed or worn, they are in danger of breaking, which can cause injury. Due to the dangers associated with high spring tension, these cables should be replaced only by a trained technician. Installing or repairing a garage door can be very dangerous and is not recommended for a novice. DASMA recommends that trained door systems technicians install garage doors. DO NOT attempt the installation of garage door cables or springs without proper training! It could be hazardous to your health.
Precision’s Powder Coated Spring
- Noise Free
- Corrosion Free
- Maintenance Free
- Best Warranty in the Industry
In a 72 hour salt spray test performed by a third party research company, only Precision’s Green Powder Coated Springs proved to be 100% resistant to corrosion.
How Much Does Spring Repair Cost?
To give an exact price quote, we would need to know the size of the door, weight, and type of garage door springs needed. Our technicians carry over 3 different types of springs with several sizes to account for all the different garage doors in the market. A professionally trained technician takes the proper measurements and provides different options depending on the door size and what you want. Our technicians provide fair and honest pricing, up-front, prior to starting any work.
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