Torsion & Extension Springs
When you’re focused on garage door spring repair service, there are a few indications that something might be wrong. For example, the door could seem heavier to open, or the motor might whine. You may notice that the door can only open up a few inches from the ground. Also, it might sit crooked while it is lowered. That’s a clear sign that something’s wrong.
Sometimes, it makes loud, banging noises as it is trying to work. You could also notice it jerking while it tries to close and open. Any of these indications require spring repair.
Now is the time to consider spring replacement by a professional. That way, you don’t run the risk of doing more damage.
Why Choose Timonium Garage Door & Opener Repair?
When it comes to spring replacement for your garage door, you need a professional. That is why you should call Timonium Garage Door & Opener Repair. We are available to take service calls seven days a week. Also, when you call us in the morning, we can be at your location that same day. Many competitors can’t offer such options to you.
Of course, the convenience of this is top-notch. You can easily call us when an issue arises and not have to stand guard the entire night.
Many people like us for our affordable prices. We understand how expensive it can be to maintain your garage door. That’s why we work to keep costs low and help wherever possible.
If you require spring repair, it’s essential to use a certified technician. Our experts are highly trained and can help you replace the springs as needed.
What Are the Garage Door Springs and How Do They Work?
The garage door springs are usually mounted at the sides of the door, but they can also be found above the tracks going horizontally. There are different types, so the way they work varies. However, all springs are designed to contract and unwind at times while the door is in motion. This counterbalances the weight so that the motor doesn’t work as hard. The springs also get help from the cables to lift and lower the door smoothly and slowly.
Though you may have a garage door opener, it can’t effectively do all of the work. The tracks allow the springs and cables to move the door while the opening mechanism helps with it all.
What Happens When the Springs Malfunction?
Many issues can arise when the springs malfunction. For example, if only one breaks, the other is under much more tension. Often, the door looked crooked or skewed because only one spring is in good condition. If you don’t take care of the situation quickly, the good spring could break, as well.
Sometimes, when the spring malfunctions, it can cause the garage door to slam itself shut without warning. Therefore, you should never walk underneath a garage door. You may not immediately notice the spring has broken. If you walk under the door and it comes crashing down, you could be injured.
Often, the garage door opener cannot do all of the heavy lifting on its own. Therefore, your door may only open a little bit. That’s a clear indication that the springs have an issue. It’s best to call a professional to check the system and replace the springs as soon as possible.
There may also be strange noises to consider. Sometimes, it is going to make a banging sound, similar to gunshots. This could be while the door is trying to open/close or at any time. The springs could also be failing and break apart, flying components all around the area.
Types of Garage Door Springs
There are two primary garage door spring types. Though you may have one type installed, we can help you switch to the other option if you desire to do so.
Extension springs are designed to retract and extend at the right times to help operate the garage door. They use pulleys and cables throughout the tracks at the top of the system. When the door opener gets any force applied to it, the springs are designed to stretch. This releases the tension to help lift the door. The same applies in reverse when lowering the door. They recoil to the right pressure at the right time.
Advantages of Extension Springs
Generally, extension springs are less expensive than torsion ones. They’re often extended fully while the door is in operation.
Disadvantages of Extension Springs
There aren’t many benefits of using extension springs, and many homeowners want to replace them with torsion springs. We’re going to help you understand why this happens.
Extension springs usually last around 10,000 cycles, which isn’t a long time. If you have to open and close the garage door twice (four times total), the springs are only going to last around seven years. Also, you may find that these springs work using a jerking motion. There’s more tension as you open the door, but the door can then fly up fast because there’s less tension. You may find that you’ve got to have service adjustments more often with these springs. Of course, there are also more components involved, which means things go wrong more easily. For example, they require longer cables and sheaves.
Torsion springs use rotation or torque to balance the door. They feature tightly-wound springs that work similarly to a mousetrap. The springs can store tension to turn the shaft, as well as wrapping the cables along the reel.
Advantages of Torsion Springs
Torsion springs are never fully extended like the other option. Plus, they turn instead of contract and expand. They also last longer – anywhere from 20,000 to 30,000 cycles.
There’s more control with the motion you get when using torsion springs. It’s also steadier. This means that the door is almost always in the right balance. Therefore, it’s not going to need to be adjusted or realigned all the time.
It’s much easier to maintain the torsion spring, and lubrication is easier, as well. Of course, the biggest concern is the opener. With torsion springs, there’s less power required and little wear and tear.
Disadvantages of Torsion Springs
The only real disadvantage of this type of spring is that it costs a little more to install. However, we feel that they’re worth the price when you consider how much better they are.
What Not to Do After the Springs Break
Once the springs break, there are a few things you should not do. We’re going to talk about them all in detail.
Don’t Open/Close the Door
We realize that you may be on your way to work or run errands, so you may need to open the door. It’s best to ask another member of the family to hold the door open while you exit the garage. However, keep the door closed until a professional can arrive to fix the problem.
You run the risk of doing damage to the door, opening mechanism, and other components. Plus, there might just be a crack. If it breaks all the way, the spring could fly off and cause significant damage or injuries, depending on the type.
The Dangers of Replacing the Garage Door Springs Yourself
These springs hold a lot of tension. Therefore, it’s dangerous to try to fix it yourself. If you’ve never replaced them before, they’re likely older, which means they may not have the best safety features. New models have safety cables in place to keep the spring in place and reduce the risk of the door falling. Older springs could snap with the tension. Please always be responsible and call us to help you repair your garage door springs. We’ve got the skills and safety equipment necessary to protect ourselves and do the job right.
Why Trust a Professional Garage Door Repair Company
Spring replacement is regulated by the government, so it is important to choose a company that follows safety regulations. We make sure the springs are installed correctly so that you and your home are safe.
Our technicians are licensed, experienced, and professional. Spring repair isn’t an easy task, but you are going to save money when you use our team. Plus, there’s less work for you, and it’s less dangerous.