Garage Door Spring Replacement

Serving the Pittsburgh Metro Area

The springs in a garage door play a very important role: they make sure the door is balanced properly so that you (or a garage door opener) can open and close it. Two kinds of springs are used in garage doors are extension springs and torsion springs. Extension springs are parallel to the track, and torsion springs are usually mounted above the opening of the door. Together, they create a safe balance for garage doors to move up and down without the door crashing to the ground.

Garage door springs are made of varying sizes and tensions for different types of residential and commercial garage doors.

How Long Do Garage Door Springs Last?

Most garage door springs come with a 10,000 time use cycle.  That means that every time the door lifts and then lowers, it is considered one cycle. If you use your garage door two times a day, that mean your springs will last almost 15 years. However, if you use your door five times a day, the spring will likely last about six years, and additional use could bring the life of your springs down to only three years. That’s why it’s so important to get your springs checked right away if you think that you’re having garage door problems.

Warning: You should NEVER attempt to repair or replace a broken spring on your own! Each spring must be adjusted according to the weight of the garage door. This is the mechanism that allows a heavy garage door to open because it is calibrated to hold the weight of the door, while keeping a careful balance and counterbalance.

Call a professional garage door repair company like A & M garage doors, who have experienced technicians that can calculate the weight the springs must hold, replace springs, or install new springs.


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