Garage doors are an integral part of any home. They provide security from criminal activity as well as harsh weather elements. It is very important that they are properly cared for. One of the most common garage door problems are damaged or broken springs. There are two main types of springs associated with these doors. Side mounted springs are situated on both sides and above the tracks. Torsion springs can be found right above the garage door when it is in the closed position.
Generally a torsion spring consists of a stationary cone to secure the spring to the anchor bracket and are standard. The stationary cone, of course, does not move. At the opposite end of this is a winding cone which is used for adjusting and replacing the springs. During the installation of the torsion spring, coils are wound and create a great deal of torque. This torque is where the dangers lie. Torsion springs are most comparable to mouse trap springs, but larger. The applied torque of these springs balance the garage door when it opens and closes by winding and unwinding.
Side Mounted Springs
Side mounted type springs are long, heavy, and affixed to each side of the upper track of garage door. The mechanism of these springs consists of pulleys and performs a job similar to torsion springs. The garage door is placed under tension when in the closed position making it easier to lift open. The tension of side mounted springs must be safely released before they are replaced. This is why it is a good idea to consult a technician from Round Rock Garage Door Services.
There are five common problems with both torsion and side mounted springs:
- Garage door springs simply wear out and/or break from normal everyday use. It is best to have a technician replace them before they actually break to prevent injury or damage.
- When these springs are not replaced at the proper time, snapping can result in further damage to the garage door and/or personal injury which will result in a higher cost, pain, and suffering.
- Inferior products and/or lack of routine maintenance can cause rust to build up thereby drastically reducing the life of any type of springs.
- Garage door springs which have not been installed or adjusted properly can deteriorate much quicker.
- Harsh weather elements can reduce the life span of any type of garage door springs.
Our team of professional technicians at Round Rock Garage Door Services are experienced in resolving spring issues. We will be happy to visit your home, inspect your garage door, and consult with you on the best approach to fixing your spring or any other garage door problems. One of the most common reason issues with springs arise is improper maintenance. We are also happy to perform the routine maintenance required to extend the life of your entire garage door.
Safety Note: All garage door springs are under immense pressure. Attempting to adjust or replace them can result in severe bodily injury. It is best to contact an experienced technician to perform these tasks. Professional contractors are aware of the dangers and the proper precautionary measures which should be taken. One last note is that garage door springs must be replaced in pairs, even in the event that only one is broken.