Broken garage door springs are one of the most common repairs we deal with. Maybe you too are dealing with a broken spring and are wondering what happened. If so, it could be due to one of these common reasons.
Normal Wear and Tear
Normal wear and tear accounts for the bulk of garage door spring problems. Torsion springs are designed to last for around 10,000 cycles. A cycle involves opening your door and then closing it again – something you probably do multiple times each day. If you come and go frequently or your garage door has some age on it, this is likely the reason.
As with any working part, your springs require frequent lubrication. Dry springs produce more friction each time your door is raised and lowered. Over time, this additional friction will cause your springs to wear out much faster than they would otherwise. It might also cause problems with how your door functions.
Your springs are already exposed to the elements, and are therefore susceptible to developing rust. Regular lubrication will help prevent rust, and will also keep any that has already formed from getting any worse. At a minimum, you should oil your springs at least twice a year. When doing so, remove any superficial rust with a wire brush.
Some contractors take shortcuts during installation in order to save money. For example, they may install only one spring when they actually need to use two. They might also use a smaller spring than what is recommended for your door, or install poor quality parts.
At R&S Erection of Concord, we never take shortcuts. We use only the highest quality parts, and choose those that are recommended for your door’s size and type. Our highly-trained technicians will ensure your satisfaction during each and every service call. If you need garage door repairs or installation, please contact us.