Did you know that the average garage door opens and closes over 1,000 times a year?
Garage doors can weigh several hundred pounds, and all that opening and closing puts a lot of wear and tear on your garage door spring. Making sure your garage door spring is in good shape is more important than you might think. Broken springs can lead to dangerous situations, and property damage, and can prevent your garage door from opening at all.
Why is Your Garage Door Spring So Important?
Garage door springs are one of the most important and hard-working parts of your entire garage. It’s easy to forget about them because they do their job so well, but when they start to fail it becomes very obvious how much of a load they carry.
The springs in your garage door assist in both the opening and closing of your door. When the garage door opens they contract and do most of the heavy lifting for your garage door opener. When the door closes they expand and keep the door from closing too fast or too hard.
Garage doors are very heavy, a lot heavier than most people realize. All that weight can be dangerous when the mechanisms in your garage aren’t working. If the garage door springs fail the door can fall and cause injury or damage to anything in its path.
When Should You Repair Springs?
Knowing when to repair your garage door spring is a great way to prevent unpleasant surprise issues with your garage. There’s no way to predict when a spring will fail with 100 percent accuracy, but staying on top of garage door maintenance will help a lot!
Keeping an eye on your springs to make sure that they don’t appear stretched out or have gaps in them is a good practice. If you notice that they do appear worn in any way you should call a garage door repair professional as soon as possible. You don’t want to risk worn springs becoming broken springs that you could have prevented.
Generally garage door springs last about 6 or 7 years, but that varies depending on use. If your garage door begins to open slower or faster than usual that’s a sign of a failing spring. A garage that opens with more noise than usual is also a sign that your springs may need to be replaced.
Garage Door Spring Replacement
Garage door repair can be a dangerous job so you want to make sure that this is not a project that you attempt to DIY. When you call a professional garage door repairman they will have the tools and knowledge to do the job quickly and safely.
When your springs are replaced the service technician will also make sure that your garage door is properly balanced. Having the appropriate balance between the left and right springs will ensure that the springs wear evenly. Being balanced will also help to take the stress off of your garage door opener which will make it last longer.
Keep Those Springs in Good Shape
With a little maintenance, your garage door will stay safe and functioning for many years!
When you need to have your garage door springs serviced give us a call! We are here to help!