Garage door springs work on a counter-balance system; this means that towards the end of their life cycle, they begin to relax and pull apart. This makes your garage door heavier over time, causing damage to your springs and opener. However, here at Sunwest, we use only the best U.S. made torsion and extension springs with a minimum 15k cycle life. This translates to approximately a 1/3 longer life span compared to most stock springs. Need a custom size spring fast? We have an excellent turnaround time on high cycle and special order springs, typically about one day.
Below are the most common questions we answer about garage door springs:
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How long do garage door springs last?
Typically, springs will last 10-15,000 cycles, or eight to twelve years, depending on the quality of the spring. A cycle is one rotation of opening and closing your garage door.
How do you know if you have a broken garage door spring?
There are three different types of springs: torsion, extension, and Wayne-Dalton torque master.
- A torsion spring is located about eight to twelve inches above your garage door. It works with your garage door opener, twisting on itself to raise your door. You know it is broken when there is a two to four-inch gape between the coils, and from the inability to get your garage door more than a foot off the ground.
- For extension springs, you will have one located on each side of your garage door near the ceiling. These work together, expanding and contracting to raise and lower your door. However, because these two springs work independently, one can more often bear most of the weight of the door, causing it to wear down and eventually snap. You will know one of your extension springs is broken if your garage door comes up at an angle.
- Wayne Dalton Torque Master springs are specialty so they are difficult to replace without redoing your garage door spring system. These are located inside a torque master tube so you cannot see them. However, you can tell if yours has broken if a cable is hanging loose on one or both sides of your garage door.
If you are experiencing a garage door problem that may be caused by a broken spring, please do not continue trying to raise the door automatically or attempt to do so manually. This can cause damage to your garage door opener or track and be dangerous to you or family members. Instead, call us at 714-528-5670 to schedule an appointment for a consultation.
How much does garage door spring replacement cost?
Spring replacement is based on the size and weight of your garage door. Additionally, the difficulty of the job will factor into cost. However, at Sunwest Garage Door, we are a local, community-based company. Because of this, we price with integrity and fairness for every customer. If you would like an estimate on spring replacement, give us a call at 714-528-5670!
How do you lengthen the life of your garage door springs?
Annual maintenance is the best way to ensure the longevity of your garage door springs. We recommend lubrication of your springs once or twice a year. This makes sure that your garage door cycles run smoothly, preventing unnecessary strain from damaging any part of your garage door system. Additionally, a door balance test can be performed annually. In order to do this, one of our technicians will disengage your garage door opener and lift your garage door manually. If your springs are still functioning properly, your garage door should balance itself at a knee, chest, and shoulder height. Scheduling annual maintenance is easy with Sunwest Garage Door, just contact us today!