Garage Door Springs
If you recognize that you have a broken garage door spring, stop use immediately manually and automatically. Using the door with a broken spring puts unnecessary strain on the opener and can greatly inflate your garage door repair costs. Operating it manually means that you will be lifting the majority of the doors weight by yourself and can lead to serious injury.
Your garage door is the biggest and heaviest moving object at your home, and being as heavy as they are, if not properly maintained they can be extremely dangerous. In saying that, if your garage door springs are tensioned correctly, the springs should properly counter-balance your door.
Every type of garage door has springs, whether you can see them like on panel and tilt doors, or whether they are hidden like on roller doors. These springs are the reason that a maintained and correctly tensioned garage door can be operated manually with ease, as the springs are doing the vast majority of the lifting.
Garage door springs are engineered to take most of the weight from your door. This is why if a spring breaks or is tensioned to low, the weight of the door can be crippling. Garage doors can weigh up to 150kg and without the assistance of springs are extremely difficult to lift and can cause serious injury. This is why AGG Doors recommends that only trained technicians should attempt to fix broken springs.
There are two types of garage door springs available:
- Extension type springs– These springs are used on tilt doors. They are fixed to the power arms on the side of the door. Although there are various types of extension springs, the concept between them all remain the same. When the door is closed, the springs are fully extended, and they retract as the door opens.
- Tortion type springs– These springs are used on panel doors. They are located above the top panel on a front-mount door and the rear of the horizontal tracks on a rear-mount door, on top of the tortion bar. These springs exert their power by twisting.
At AGG Doors, we replace garage door springs as a set even if only one has broken. The reason for this is because the springs will be approximately the same age, so have very similar wear and tear, as well as the fact that when one spring breaks, all of the work is forced onto a single spring which damages and wears the spring out quickly. If you only replaced one spring more than likely the older spring will break in the very near future. So to save you two call out fees, it is cheaper to replace both springs on the day of your garage door repair.