broken garage door springs

Why Do Garage Door Springs Break?

Broken garage door springs are a common issue, and as such, we frequently get questions about why they fail. Typically rated for 10,000 cycles, the average life expectancy for torsion springs ranges between three and fourteen years, depending on your daily garage door usage. Reaching these cycles is the number one reason for failure.

Additional causes of spring breakage include rust buildup and physical damage. Lubricating the springs every three months with a commercial-grade white lithium grease or silicone spray is best for preventing rust from weakening the metal. While you are at it, make sure to lubricate the hinges and rollers, being careful not to apply too much.

If a member of your household accidentally drives or backs into the garage door, the weight of the vehicle may cause the springs to break, prompting the need for immediate replacement. Other damage may result as well. A professional can assess the damage’s extent and make recommendations for repair.

The Best Replacement Springs

There are two types of springs used on today’s doors: torsion and extension. Torsion springs are a top choice among garage door repair professionals because they allow for more controlled movement. They are also more durable. Standard springs are rated for 10,000 cycles, but high-cycle torsion springs are available with double the number of cycles, making them ideal for busy households and those with multiple drivers.

Professional Replacement for Broken Garage Door Springs

The springs are designed to lift the garage door that can weigh 100 pounds or more, depending on its size and design, each time you press a button. To do this, safely and reliably, they require a monumental amount of energy. The energy they store makes them incredibly dangerous! For your safety, always contact a professional skilled in replacing broken garage door springs, rather than attempt this project yourself. It is essential to replace both springs at the same time to ensure optimal performance.

Garage Door Repair Boise understands how imperative it is for your garage door to function safely and reliably. Our company provides Boise residents and businesses with garage door repair, maintenance, and installation at competitive prices. We also employ certified technicians and stock our service trucks each morning with high-quality replacement parts. All new garage doors and garage door openers are from trusted manufacturers. Schedule an appointment today at (208) 614-4032.

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