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Why Do Garage Door Springs Break?

Why Do Garage Door Springs Break?

by gdgadmin, August 10, 2018

Garage door springs break some time during their 1,428th operation, usually while the door is being closed. This is based on a 10,000-cycle spring, opened and closed four times per day. Once they go out, all tension is released, and they are no longer able to counterbalance the weight of the door. The result is a non-operational door.

Maximize life expectancy with springs measured from 20,000 to 40,000 cycles.

Broken garage door springs can also result from old age, rust, or damage. It is possible for weather to play a role in spring failure as well. These conditions often reduce the strength of the metal, causing it to deteriorate at much faster rate, and ultimately lead to the spring’s premature breakage.

Once garage door springs break, whatever the reason, they will need to be professionally replaced before it is safe to operate the door again. Experts recommend replacing both springs since they were likely installed at or around the same time. Watch the following video to determine what spring type – torsion or extension – your garage door uses.

Determine Spring Type

Leave it to the Professionals

Garage door springs are under extreme tension and can be dangerous if not handled properly. It is safer to allow a qualified professional service, adjust, and replace them. Arizona’s Best Garage Door and Repair Company recommends complete spring replacement. Springs with 20,000 to 40,000 cycles are also available. Schedule an appointment today at (480) 485-5505.

Maintaining Garage Door Springs

Routinely lubricate the springs using a quality spray lubricant; not WD-40. The hinges, rollers, and other key moving parts should also be lubricated. Use while lithium grease on your opener’s chain or screw drive. This will help ensure smoother and quieter operation of the opener as well as extend the longevity of the springs.

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