Garage Door Spring Repair
When your garage door won’t open or comes up at an angle, the likely issue is a broken garage door spring. To solve this problem for your Indiana home, Fairmount Door offers garage door spring repair near Marion IN, Lafayette IN, Kokomo IN, Hamilton County IN, and more. With our quality garage door spring replacement services, we can get your garage door up and running again quickly.
How to Tell If Your Garage Door Springs Are Bad
Garage door springs carry a huge amount of tension to safely operate your garage door. Over time, this tension causes your garage door spring to wear down and eventually break. But how do you know if you have a broken garage door spring? Look out for the below signs that you need garage door spring repair.
- Your garage door won’t open.
- Your garage door opens halfway and stops.
- You notice fallen or loose garage door cables.
- Your garage door is especially heavy when you try to manually open it.
- Your garage door slams down suddenly when it tries to open.
- Your garage door goes up crooked or at an angle.
- There is a 3 – 4″ gap between the garage door spring’s coils.
- You have an elongated garage door spring.
When any of the garage door spring problems above start happening with your garage door, you need to schedule garage door spring repair. The earlier we can repair your broken garage door spring, the better chances we have of preventing a garage door spring accident. Even better, we use the best quality garage door replacement springs to make sure your garage door repair lasts. Schedule garage door spring repair with us any time!
Why Do Garage Door Springs Break?
- Wear and Tear – The main reason for a broken garage door spring is wear and tear over time. This is because garage door springs last 10-15,000 cycles of opening and closing your garage door. Or, 7-10 years depending on how frequently you use your garage door to access your home. Towards the end of this life span, your garage door springs will inevitably need garage door spring repair.
- Poor Garage Door Maintenance – While wear and tear of your garage door springs over time is inevitable, poor garage door maintenance can also shorten the life of your springs dramatically. For this reason, your garage door, especially your garage door spring, needs annual tightening, lubricating, and balancing to operate at its best. This garage door maintenance routine can also lengthen the lifespan of your garage door spring by years.
- Rust Build-Up – Part of the importance of regular maintenance is that it prevents rust from collecting on your garage door springs. Without this regular lubrication, rust develops on your garage door springs, creating added friction. This causes your garage door springs to wear down more quickly.
- Unbalanced Parts – Your garage door needs to be properly balanced between the springs, cables, and opener. But, your garage door can become unbalanced over time, putting extra strain on one or both of your garage door springs. This added tension and weight could cause your garage door springs to break.
Types of Garage Door Springs
There are three garage door spring types including torsion springs, extension springs, and Wayne Dalton torque master. It’s good to keep in mind that the type of garage door spring installed on your garage door will determine its reliability and lifespan.
Torsion Springs – Garage door torsion springs are the modern and reliable choice to upgrade the operation of your garage door system. They are installed horizontally above your garage door, connecting to a metal tube and twisting to lift and lower the garage door. When you have a broken torsion spring, you’ll see a 2-4” separation between the spring’s coils. You also may hear a loud popping noise when the garage door spring breaks. When you have a broken garage door spring, your garage door won’t open at all, even manually.
Extension Springs – Instead of above the garage door, extension springs are installed on either side of your garage door. They extend vertically, in and out, to operate your garage door. Although extension springs are an older spring system, they are still a great option to operate a standard steel garage door. When you have a broken extension spring, you’ll notice elongation between the spring’s coils when it is in the resting position. Also, your garage door will open at an angle or your garage door won’t open at all with a broken extension spring.
Wayne Dalton Torque Master – Wayne Dalton torque master springs are a specialty garage door spring. Wayne Dalton torque master springs are installed above the garage inside a torsion tube. Because the springs are within the tube, it can be difficult to tell when you have a broken torque master spring. However, when you have a broken Wayne Dalton torque master spring, your garage door cables will be loose or broken.
How Long Do Garage Door Springs Last?
Like most garage door parts, garage door springs last 10-15,000 cycles of opening and closing your garage door. So, depending on how often you use your garage door to enter your home, this translates into 7-10 years of use before you’ll need garage door spring repair and replacement.
Most of the time, larger issues stemming from your garage door will occur because of damaged or worn-out springs. You want to be aware of how your garage door system sounds and operates. Is it squeaking or grinding when it moves? It could also be that the garage door will only open halfway and then reverses, moves extremely slowly, or is opening at a strange angle. If you experience these issues, call us here at Fairmount Door to come assess the situation. More than likely, it’s time for your garage door springs to be replaced. Springs have a lifetime of about 10 years, so if yours are approaching that age, it’ll be best to have garage door spring replacement.
Yes, we do recommend replacing both springs at the same time. If one spring breaks or is damaged, it is likely that the other spring will follow soon after. Garage door springs are installed as a pair, so they will have the same lifetime. It’s best to replace both springs at the same time so they’ll have the most efficient functionality.
If you conduct regular maintenance on your garage door springs, it will most likely add years to their lifetime. There are some simple, quick steps you can take that will really help your garage door springs stay in top condition. This includes lubricating, cleaning, and balancing your springs every couple of months. Because your springs are under so much stress from the garage door, cleaning and lubrication help to ease their stress. Our team at Fairmount Door is happy to perform garage door tune ups that will include this maintenance for your springs.
We don’t recommend replacing broken garage door springs yourself. Garage door springs are under a lot of tension from the weight of the garage door. This actually builds over time, so can reach a high level after years of operation. If you try to remove the springs, it will release the tension and could badly injure you or a family member. When replacing garage door springs, you also have to make sure they’re balanced correctly so they can lift the garage door together. It’s best to let one of our trained technicians take care of garage door spring replacement, as we’re experienced in removing garage door springs and installing them correctly.