Torsion Spring Repair/Replacement
Professional for Your Garage Door Spring Repair or Replacement
Thinking of garage door spring repair? Statistics indicate that 15% of injuries in Canada are chores related. Of the chores mentioned in the report, key among them is DIY (Do It Yourself) weekend projects such as repairing a garage door that stopped working during the week.
While DIY projects are fun and they save money, there is one key reason you should never consider a DIY when dealing with a damaged garage door but instead seek out a professional.
Why Is a Professional Crucial?
Often, garage door repairs involve parts connected to the garage door spring system. A garage door mechanism utilizes two types of springs—extension springs and torsion springs. The extension springs make use of the stretch force while the torsion springs use the torque.
These forces at work in a garage door spring mechanism are both powerful and complicated. They must of necessity be powerful because they are responsible for counteracting the actual weight of the door which can weigh up to 600+ pounds and the force of gravity to allow the garage door to rise or open.
Therefore, only professional who thoroughly understands the forces at work, how they balance the weight of the door and how they counteract the force of gravity should handle garage door spring repair and replacement
. Torsion spring replacement it is a task for a garage door expert, otherwise, injury and death are the probable results.
Understanding Garage Springs So That You Can Easily Recognize a Failing One
The first thing to note is that whenever your garage door will not open, or it only opens halfway, then the probable cause is damaged or worn out springs.
It is therefore essential to have some knowledge of the springs so that you can preempt an imminent breakdown by recognizing when springs begin to go wear out and calling a professional such as thrifty garage door repair Calgary to handle it.
Torsion springs come in five main designs
- Standard residential and commercial torsion springs.
- EZ-Set torsion springs.
- Torque master torsion springs.
- Mini-warehouse torsion springs.
- Steel rolling door torsion.
Torsion springs are attached to a metal shaft above a garage door. The shaft can either go through the spring or house the spring instead. It is all dependent on the kind of system the garage door is utilizing.
According to industry experts, torsion springs have an average lifespan of 7-9 years. Usually, however, the torsion springs can last longer depending on use and the “cycle rate”. That means, at some point, replacement is necessary.
Also, experts recommend that within two years of installing garage door torsion springs, rebalance is a necessity.
Extension springs come in two key designs.
- Section door extension springs.
- One-piece extension springs.
Extension springs are usually found on each side of a garage door. In some cases, they sit above a garage door’s horizontal track.
Residential garage doors usually have just two extension springs, on each side of the garage door. Commercial garage doors, on the other hand, have multiple extension springs to support a heavier weight.
Extension springs also have a maximum lifespan of 7-9 years.