Need a Garage Door Spring Replacement?
A garage door spring is a household item we often ignore.
Only then do we notice it when it gets damaged – and we’re stuck with a garage door that won’t move at all.
When you’re faced with this annoying problem, you have two options: to fix the springs on your own or call a professional.
While the former is cheaper, you can’t guarantee that you won’t risk yourself to injury. In other cases, you won’t be able to fix your springs successfully.
As a result, you will be spending more than you expected.
Hence, having a professional do it will save you from costs, effort, time, and energy.
Thus, we will tackle all about springs and when to call for garage door springs replacement.
Garage Door Springs 101
Garage door springs allow for the opening and closing of your garage door.
They have coils that allow for the mechanism to happen.
When they get damaged, these components are dangerous to work with. Hence, we will discuss two types of springs and how to handle them.
Torsion springs are located at the top and bottom part of the garage door.
They store energy in the coils.
When the energy bottles up and under extreme tension, the springs would lash out in all directions.
Thus, you need to pay careful attention when working with torsion springs.
When you want to replace them by yourself, the first and most important thing to do is close the door.
This is to avoid injuries during the replacement process.
You also need extra materials such as a winding bar to twist and untwist the springs to adjust the torsion easily.
You twist the winding bar on a winding cone located at the end of each torsion spring.
Also, make sure to slowly twist the winding bar while pressing the spring against the door.
In this way, the spring releases itself slowly.
In summary, replacing torsion springs is extremely difficult and dangerous.
Because of this, it’s better to work with a professional garage door repair in Portland.
It’s easier and safer, primarily if you rely on Beaver Garage Doors Portland.
On the other hand, extension springs are located at either side of the garage door.
Compared to torsion springs, extension springs are much easier to repair and replace.
You can remove and replace a broken extension spring without facing extreme tension.
The reason is, extension springs lose their tension when you open the garage door.
You also need to disengage the springs from their pulley, cable, and brackets.
Then, install the new extension spring and attach it to the pulley and cable again.
Make sure to secure them with clamps, so they won’t slide when you’re replacing them.
Hence, it’s safe to work with them.
However, as with all types of springs, it’s still better to leave the garage door repairs to professionals.
If the springs are easy or difficult to replace, you won’t risk yourself in danger.
When Should I Replace My Springs?
Springs last for 10,000 to 20,000 cycles, with one cycle equivalent to one operation.
When they reach that cycle limit, the quality of your springs deteriorates, leading to damaged springs.
Moreover, time is of the essence when dealing with a broken garage door spring.
Because of this, limit the damage by observing these signs on your garage door springs.
- Difficult to open and close
Whether your overhead door is not opening or closing all the way, it means you need to check on the condition of your sensors, remote, and springs.
If you don’t notice any problems with your sensors and remote, then the springs are most likely the culprit.
Observe any signs of wear and tear on your garage door springs. If you do, make sure to operate your door manually before you let us do the repairs.
- A slamming garage door
Springs not only allow for the smooth movement of your garage door. It also balances the weight. This prevents your garage door from closing quickly.
That’s why when you notice your garage door begins to slam, there might not be enough resistance to the tension of the springs.
This sign can be hazardous to your family, pets, and belongings.
Because of this, make sure to contact Beaver Garage Doors Portland for garage door springs replacement.
- Change of Appearance in Springs
If there’s one thing to detect a damaged spring, it’s when it changes its appearance.
Springs split, snap, rust, and stretch due to frequent use, wear and tear. If these happen to your springs, it would be difficult to return to their original state.
When you see gaps, rust, and stretch, you need to replace them right away to prevent operational problems in the future.
It is tempting to perform garage door springs replacement on your own.
However, we don’t advise it to homeowners since these components are dangerous to work with.
Once you encounter a damaged spring, make sure to contact Beaver Garage Doors Portland.
We will replace your old spring with a new and functional one.
Aside from spring replacement, we also offer garage door installation in Portland. Call us now!