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Garage Door Spring Repair

Generally speaking, garage door springs help to offset the weight of a garage door. This lets the garage door open and close more easily, whether it’s by hand or through the use of an automatic garage door opener. Because garage door springs take on so much weight, they have a limited lifespan as the springs lose their capacity to fulfill their function over time. Typically, garage door springs have high-tension steel in the springs, but even the highest quality of spring will lose its effectiveness as the years go by. If, however, you are interested in a longer-winded explanation of garage door springs, how they break, and what you can do to diagnose the situation on your own, keep reading!

Garage door springs have numerical ratings that inform you of their quality; you’ll see springs labeled as “10,000 use” or “30,000 use” springs, which notes how many opens and closes the spring has been made to last for. While you might think that you’ll never use your garage door 10,000 times while you are living in your home, think about the fact that most people use their garage door more than four times a day. For example, if you use your garage door six times a day, every day, it will take you less than six years for your springs to have been used 10,000 times!

We think it’s safe to assume you’ve made your way to this garage door spring repair resource because your garage door spring appears to be broken. The short and sweet solution to this issue is to give the Buffalo garage door repair experts a call. We are typically available for same-day-service because we understand there are few things that are more frustrating for your daily routine than a broken garage door. With any repair or installation, we will take the service fee off your bill. Plus, we are capable of diagnosing and repairing any kind of garage door issue on practically any kind of garage door — custom-made or traditional.

Your garage door springs are among the most significant parts of your garage door system. When you open and close your garage door, they do all the heavy lifting, literally. They help your garage door lift and lower as smoothly as allowed. So, when they malfunction it can be a very bad situation. No matter the case, We have your back! Your garage door springs shelf life is not measured by years, instead it is measured by cycles. Every time your garage door opens and closes that is counted as a complete cycle. This means the more you use your garage door, the more your garage door springs wear and tear. This can lead to your garage door breaking or not to function properly, which is a bad thing.

Your garage door spring can break any time, and many people think replacing it is something you can do yourself. But BEWARE – unless you know what you are doing, and have the proper tools, replacing a broken garage door spring can be very dangerous – it can cause loss of limbs or worse. A broken garage door spring is one of the most common reasons your garage door won’t open. People often think it is the garage door opener that lifts the door, when in fact, it is the springs that actually lift the door. If your garage door is not opening, chances are your spring has snapped. We use only strong replacement garage door springs in our repairs.

Continued attempts to run the door and operator system when there is a broken spring can be dangerous. But will also cause more damage to the door system. The springs on the garage door are powerful and can cause significant injury to a curious and well-meaning homeowner. Get a professional to look at it.

When your garage door springs no longer work or don’t work properly, call us. We will send a licensed and bonded professional technician to help you in the blink of an eye. Call us now (716) 608-0053

Identifying the Type of Springs on Your Garage Door

There are different types of springs on different garage doors, and there is a big difference in how easy these springs are to replace. There are extension springs and torsion springs. You’ll be able to easily identify what kind of springs you have by looking at your garage door. If you have a door system with long springs that run parallel to the tracks on either side of the door, those are extension springs. They are long and thin, up in the air. Torsion springs are fatter springs that sit on a metal rod next to the door opening.

If you have a really old door, a single piece that swings up in the air, then you may have vertical springs on both sides of the door. These are side springs, and they usually compliment additional extension springs in the air.

Now, both extension and torsion springs work in a similar way. They use the weight and gravity of the door to tense up and load when the door closes, which gives you a reserve of energy to move the door back up when it is being opened. The difference is that extension springs stretch to be loaded, so the energy is stored outward and wants to get back to center, while torsion springs are twisted when the door lowers, and they release energy by untwisting back in the other direction.

Torsion Vs. Extension

In Buffalo, western New York, and elsewhere in North America, the two most common types of residential garage door springs are extension and torsion. Extension springs are light-weight, elongated springs which extend perpendicularly to the garage door.

Housed just above the horizontal elements of the tracks, extension springs “stretch out” between two brackets using pulleys and cables and always have a safety cable running through the spring. Because springs under tension represent a significant safety hazard, the safety cable contains the spring if and when a breakage happens.

You should give us a call immediately if your current extension springs don’t have safety cables — even if your springs are working well at the moment. It’s a bit of a ticking time bomb situation.

Conversely, torsion garage door springs are of the heavy-duty variety; they are mounted onto a  metal rod which runs parallel along the garage door, just above where it closes. When the door closes, cables connected to the bottom corners of the door will trigger the metal rods on which the springs are mounted with a pulley system. These pulleys effectively twist the spring to create tension. This tension is released when the door is opened, as the springs will unwind to lift the door up.

Signs Your Springs Need Repairing

Older, failing springs make the garage door significantly heavier to lift up, so one of the main signs that your springs might need repairing or replacing is that it seems to take much more effort to get your garage door raised. New springs translate to taking around 10 pounds of force to lift up the average garage door, in contrast. You’ll notice your garage door opener begin to audibly strain as the garage door gets heavier and heavier.

When springs break, it’s usually sudden and can be quite the safety hazard. Door springs can break without notice; the sound it makes is similar to a gunshot because springs break when they are fully loaded with tension. You likely won’t be able to lift the garage door up without putting your back into it — so it’s very important to get your garage door spring inspected, repaired, or replaced before your door is too heavy to open manually.

Don’t Try It At Home

Whenever a spring breaks, the door will not go up. Attempting to lift a door with a broken spring can be extremely dangerous. Attempting to replace the springs yourself is even more dangerous. You should never attempt to fix a broken spring yourself – only experienced, trained professionals should ever touch torsion springs. Also replacing a spring requires expertise to know exactly which spring to replace it with. The correct springs are determined based off the weight of the door. There are hundreds of combinations of springs but only one is correct for your door. It is important to have the correct springs to prevent an array of problems in the future. With the wrong springs, your opener will break much quicker and your door is more likely to come off tracks. It is alarming how many installers use the wrong size springs. Knowing which springs to use can only be determined by experience.

As you can tell, this is not a situation you want to “DIY” repair. Disconnecting the opener from the door is extremely dangerous because it will cause the door to come crashing down with nothing to stop it. What’s more, attempting to repair the springs yourself is far from a good idea not only because the door will be very heavy, but repairing a garage door involves a complicated series of steps that must be completed in the right order.

Long story short, just leave it to the garage door repair professionals of Buffalo.

Should I still consider Replacing Springs on My Own?

It depends on how confident you feel, whether or not you’re looking for a project, and what kind of springs you have on your door. If you’re pretty competent with DIY stuff, you have a whole day to set aside, and you have extension springs—you’re in luck! You might be able to handle things on your own. But for the most part, replacing springs on a garage door is simply a headache not worth having.

There’s always the possibility that you don’t get everything in place and the door isn’t usable. Also, if the springs are not installed properly, it can cause a safety hazard for the use of your garage door over time. It can cause tension on the door, causing it to break or causing the lifespan of the opener to be significantly shortened. Either way, repairing your own springs is a great way to save a few bucks, but make sure that you really know what you’re doing, otherwise it might be a great way to spend some extra bucks getting everything fixed.

If you’re not feeling perfectly confident, give us a call at (716) 608-0053! We’re more than happy to help you get your springs repaired in a quick minute so that your door is back in working order again.

Emergency Garage Door Spring Replacement

716 Garage Door Repair is your go-to garage door company for quality spring replacement. We offer emergency spring replacement services so no matter the time or day, we can perform your repair. Our professional technicians can also complete your spring replacement in one appointment with the parts we keep on hand. We maintain a quick turnaround time because our trucks remain stocked with springs of all types, gauges, and lengths.

We keep all these parts on hand because there are so many garage door spring varieties. In fact, the size of your spring can change based on the weight, construction, and width of your garage door. However, our technicians can quickly identify the spring gauge you need, upgrading your garage door system with a high cycle replacement. Also, if you have two springs on your garage door, we recommend replacing both. This ensures that both springs can operate reliably without putting extra weight or strain on the other.

GET YOUR QUOTE

We offer a comprehensive range of garage door repair and installation services, from premium roller installations to garage door lubrication and more. We are a successful garage door company because we are serious about customer service and satisfaction. If we aren’t able to repair your garage door for any reason (unlikely), you won’t be charged a dime. With lifetime warranties on all door and opener repairs, you’ve got nothing to lose besides those old springs! Get yours repaired or replaced with 716 Garage Door Repair Services Inc. Get your quote today!

FAQ

How Much Does Fixing A Broken Garage Door Spring Cost?

If the only thing wrong with your broken garage door system is that a spring has broken, you might be in luck. Typically, replacing a garage door spring costs between $100 and $350, depending on the system itself along with installation time. Garage door repair is much more affordable than replacing your entire garage door system in most every case.

Can You Still Use A Garage Door If It Has A Broken Spring?

No, you should not be opening or closing your garage door with an automatic operator if it has a broken spring. Some openers can still lift the door, but doing so risks damaging the operator and the door itself.

Is It Dangerous To Replace A Garage Door Spring Myself?

Yes, it can be extremely dangerous to attempt to repair or replace a garage door spring if you are inexperienced. A garage door with a broken spring can fall quickly, without warning, and cause severe injury or even death. The most common injuries come from homeowners who decide to “DIY” the garage door spring repair themselves in an attempt to save money. This can result in damage to your property or worse, so be sure to call in a professional garage door repair expert — in Buffalo or elsewhere.

How Long Does It Take To Replace A Broken Garage Door Spring?

Having experience and training matters greatly here. For professionals, it usually takes between 30 minutes and an hour to get the job done. However, this timeframe is subject to change based on the type of system. It will likely take an inexperienced homeowner much longer to do the job. However, this is not the primary reason homeowners should leave the job to the professionals; “DIY” repair attempts often lead to injury, property damage, or even death in some cases.