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Various Types of Garage Door Springs

From the standard residential torsion springs to industrial torsion springs, extension springs, self-storage roll-up door springs, and more, you may be overwhelmed by the names and various types of springs needed for the safe operation of your garage. To help you out, just know that there are two main categories of garage door springs, extension springs, and torsion springs. And, what a garage door spring is designed to do is act to counterbalance the weight of the door, making it easier to open and close. Just as an example, if your garage door weighs 12 pounds, then you’ll need a spring with enough force of 150 pounds to pull against the weight of the door.

Garage door torsion springs are attached securely to a metal shaft that’s above your garage door. Torsion springs apply torque to rotate the shaft, which has drums on each of the ends. Inside each drum is a cable that extends and is attached to a bolt or other fixture at the base of the garage door. The torsion spring then unwinds as the door is opened and winds as the door is closed. The standard torsion spring rating is 10,000 cycles, while the ideal torsion spring rating is 100,000 or more. The average torsion spring rating for most home garage door opener systems is 50,000 cycles.

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    Replacing Your Garage Door Springs

    There are many things that you, the homeowner, can do to lengthen the useful life of your garage door springs. For example, if you leave your garage door open for extended periods, your springs will be exposed to the elements for longer than necessary. If there’s excessive use of your garage door, opening and closing the door frequently can create unusual wear on the springs. Another concern is applying lubricants that aren’t appropriate for the springs or cleaning them with damaging chemicals.

    Overall, when you allow your garage door opening system to fall into disrepair, eventually, this inattention will cause your garage door problems to increase, costing you more money down the road. Rather than spending the money to replace your garage door sooner than is necessary, contact G & G Garage Door for professional garage door service. We suggest that you commit to twice yearly garage door inspection and service. We’ll tighten all the bolts, lubricate all of the components and ensure that any necessary repairs are completed.

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    Garage Door Lifting System Explained

    Your garage door lifting system is comprised of torsion springs attached to a torsion tube that is mounted above your garage door. At either end of this torsion tube is a drum with a cable wound up inside. One end of the cable is mounted inside the drum, and the other end of the cable is attached to a fixture that looks like a bolt which is located at the bottom of both sides of your garage door. When your garage door is closed, the torsion spring is in the wound position, but when you push the remote to open your garage door, the chain or belt-driven opener releases the tension by slowly moving away from the door. This kinetic activity allows the torsion spring to begin unwinding, which turns the torsion tube and is, therefore, the drums, which begin reeling in the cable, therefore lifting your garage door. While the system to open your garage may seem complicated, it’s a concept that’s been in use, in various means, for hundreds of years.

    As a homeowner, you may be tempted to replace your garage door torsion spring yourself. But the problem with attempting this task is that torsion springs are under tremendous pressure. This pressure, once released, can cause tremendous harm and even death if you don’t know what you are doing. Lots of things can go wrong with your garage door lifting system, and many of them are easy to fix yourself. But, when you’re dealing with your garage door torsion springs, it’s a whole different animal. Torsion springs are considered one of the more dangerous springs to work with. And, while it is possible to replace one yourself, we suggest that you leave this task up to the professionals. Contact G & G Garage Door for help with torsion spring replacement for your garage door.

    Garage door extension springs stretch with cables and pulleys with one end of the cable attached to the bottom of the garage door. The other end of the cable is secured to the horizontal track angle with an s-hook. As the garage door closes, one end of the cable follows the bottom of the door while the rest of the cable runs over the pulleys above the door. Basically, what garage door extension springs do is counterbalance the weight of the garage door to make it easy to open and close. Unlike torsion spring replacement, replacing a garage door extension spring is not dangerous and can be done by the homeowner. The caveat to this is the fact that when stretching the garage door extension springs, they must be stretched to the exact same length. Contact G & G Garage Door for help with all your garage door repair and maintenance needs.

    Garage Door Maintenance and Repair

    Lubricating Hinges

    One task that often gets overlooked is lubricating garage door hinges. Over time your garage door may start to squeal and creek when in operation. A solution to this garage door noise might be as simple as tightening and lubricating your garage door hinges; not with WD-40, use white lithium or silicone spray.

    Wash Garage Doors

    Most homeowners never think about their garage door’s appearance. But your garage door takes up as much as 30% of the exterior of your home. So, to keep your garage door looking good while increasing your home’s curb appeal, you should regularly wash your garage door using the same type of cleaner you would use on your car.

    Inspect For Wear

    In between regular maintenance visits by your garage door professionals, you should inspect as many of the moving parts as you can get to. Check rollers for chips and cracks. Check the cables for fraying or rush. And watch the horizontal and vertical tracks for unusual movement when the garage door is in operation.

    Test Battery Backup

    In case you aren’t aware, SB-969 is a law passed in California that requires all garage door openers to have a battery backup in case the electricity goes out. You can test that your battery backup for your garage door is working properly by simply unplugging your garage door opener and try opening the garage door.

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      Torsion Spring Breaks

      If you’ve ever heard a loud pop or bang coming from your garage, the most likely culprit is a torsion spring breaking. Just like people who stiffen and move around slower when the weather turns cold, steel, which is what your torsion springs are made of, also moves slower and stiffens. And, as your garage door springs age, they will wear, and since the torsion spring is coiled and under tremendous pressure when it breaks, it makes a very loud noise. If your garage door closes too quickly, is uneven when opening, or you hear a loud noise as described above, you should immediately call G & G Garage door for assistance. We have been installing and repairing garage doors and their components for more than 35 years, and we can get you taken care of fast. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail; just take a look at our reviews.

      Garage Door Spring Repair

      Did you know that your garage has springs that are wound tight and under tremendous pressure when your garage doors are closed? That’s why you’ll hear a loud pop when the garage door is down and the torsion spring breaks. When you engage the garage door opener to raise the garage door, the tension on the torsion spring is released. But, over time, your springs will begin to wear. With an average of 1500 cycles per year and extremes of heat and cold, your springs become stressed and cracked and then fail when you need them to work. The good news is you have G & G Garage Door on your side. One call to us, and we’ll inspect your garage door and repair or replace anything that isn’t operating properly.

      Cost of Spring Garage Door Replacement

      When it comes to the cost of replacing the springs on your garage doors, you’ll want to take into consideration that in some instances you may need to replace not only your springs but brackets and other hardware that may have failed as well. Typically a single-door spring replacement will run anywhere from $150 to $350. Of course, depending on your garage door opener setup there may be other costs involved. But with G & G Garage Door, you don’t need to be concerned about being overcharged, we provide a free on-site, no-obligation, estimate so you’ll know what you’re getting into before you agree to our services.