Garage Door Broken Spring Repair
Fixing Broken Springs
Springs are crucial parts of a garage door. These are integral parts of the door, and not of the garage door opener. They make the raising and lowering of the garage door a whole lot easier. However, with all the raising and lowering, in addition to the changes in temperature and weather conditions, these springs will eventually weaken and break. But not to worry, garage door springs tend to have a long life and will not require regular changes. But when they do, with garage door repair, broken springs are easily taken care of.
Torsion springs work through a counterbalance system. One or 2 springs are tightly wound on a steel shaft that has, on each end, cable drums. The entire equipment is installed on the header wall, located above the garage doors. It has 3 supports, namely, a center bearing plate equipped with a nylon or steel bearing, and end bearing plates on each side. When the garage door is raised, the springs unwind and the tension stored within the apparatus lifts the door. The shaft is turned, which in turn, rolls the cable drums. The cable is wrapped around the cable drums as it turns. Lowering the garage door unwraps the cables and the springs are rewound and returns to full tension.
Most common type is a standard torsion spring located above garage door opening. It has a shaft in the middle of the spring for support. Lighter garage doors use a single torsion spring, and heavier ones use two.
Another common type of torsion spring used on garage doors are extension springs. Garage door repair, broken springs replaced with extension springs are installed parallel to the tracks of the garage door, on either side. They are wrapped around the pulleys and attached to a screw, an eyebolt, mounted on the track.
Another type of torsion spring is an early set, located in the center of the torsion shaft. These springs are installed differently than standard ones and are mounted next to the cable drums, on each end of the torsion shaft.
Aside from the torsion springs, another mechanism used in garage doors is the extension spring lift mechanism. There is a pair of stretched springs parallel to the door’s horizontal tracks. The door is lifted by the contraction of the springs, which releases tension. There is a series of pulleys and counterbalance cables that runs from the bottom corner brackets that help stabilize the door as it is being lifted.
In garage door repair, broken springs replaced with torsion spring generally lasts for about 10,000 to 15,000 cycles of opening and closing doors, approximately between 3 to 7 years before it breaks down and needs to be replaced. The type of door (glass, metal, wood), insulation materials, and layers of paint also affect how long torsion springs would last. Other factors include loose tracks and poor garage maintenance lower life span. These factors generally reduce the life span of torsion springs. Garage door repair, broken springs are easily and reliably repaired.
With garage door repair, broken springs will definitely need to be removed and replaced. While it can be done as a DIY project, it can be very dangerous. The tension in the springs is very high, and may be too much to someone inexperienced. One slip and the entire door can collapse, damaging life and limb. For better results- and for safety, it is recommended to contact a company with garage door repair, broken springs as their specialty.
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