We replace garage door springs in the Rancho Cordova area.
You possibly use your garage door more than any other entrance/exit to your home. A garage door lasts about 30 years, but there are components of your garage door which require attention on a more regular basis. An important part of a garage door system is the springs, and they need to be replaced more often than most other parts of the door.
The lifespan of springs is not measured in years, but in cycles. A cycle is defined as the door opening and closing one time. Tension springs, mounted either above the door or on the sides, are good for about 5,000-10,000 cycles. If you raise and lower your door four times a day, that’s about 3 ½ -7 years. Torsion springs, which are mounted above the door, last a bit longer – 15,000 -20,000 cycles. That’s 10-13 years at four cycles per day.
If the spring is not physically broken, it may still need adjustment or replacement. A couple of simple tests can be done. When the door is all the way up, release it from the opener (if there is one). The door will probably move a little, but should remain in the up position. However, if the bottom rollers come down below the horizontal track, the springs need to be adjusted. Now lower the door halfway. Does the door stay in that position? If not, re-tensioning or replacement is required. If your garage door is too heavy to lift or your opener cannot lift it, then service is required.
Garage door spring replacement is best done by a professional. They are tightly wound and under a great deal of tension, and homeowners have been injured and even killed trying to change them. A worn spring can easily break, and the sudden release of tension can break fingers and cause pieces of the spring to go flying off in any direction. The safest course is to consult a professional.