Having trouble with your garage door? Unable to fully open it? You might have a problem with your springs. At Towson Best Garage Doors Repairer Repair, we offer same-day service at reasonable prices. We believe that each customer deserves a professional and reliable service. Our expert technicians are well-trained with garage door spring repairs and they perform the job safely, quickly, and correctly. Additionally, the springs we work with are highly durable and are made out of exceptional quality.

Unfortunately, despite being relatively strong, some parts of a garage door may wear out especially when they are used multiple times a day. This is due to the fact that the garage door performs a lot of heavy lifting, lowering, and raising in a day and it can eventually lead to its breakdown.

One of the most common issues with garage doors is broken springs. The spring is used to supply the energy that lifts your garage door. It is common that metal parts such as springs eventually wear out. Garage door springs can last up to about 7 years. The springs endure much stress and tension that comes from supporting the door’s heavy weight. Hence, there is a strong chance that the garage door springs would be the first to break down. When one of the springs breaks, the garage door cannot function properly. Moreover, if you try to manually open or close the garage door, you will notice that the garage door feels very heavy to lift or it may slam down hard when you try to close it.

How Garage Door Springs Work

The spring is an integral part of the garage door. Its main function is to assist both the manual or mechanical closing and opening of the door. Without the springs, it will be almost impossible to lift and lower the garage door manually or automatically. The main reason the springs undergo tension and a lot of pressure is that they help lift and lower the heavy garage door while it’s being opened and closed. Their purpose is to provide the energy and support when lifting the garage door while the cables attached to them do the actual lifting.

Types of Garage Door Springs

garage door spring types

If you are about to have a garage door spring repair, the first step would be to determine the type of garage door spring that you have. There are two types of garage door springs: torsion springs and extension springs.

Extension springs are located on the tracks on each side of the door. They extend when the door closes and loosen when the garage door opens. Inside the extension spring, there is a safety cable that prevents the springs from popping out and causing damage when they break. Attached to the springs are a pulley wheel and a set of cables that are responsible for the lifting of the door. The downside to extension springs is that you cannot control their tension compared to the torsion springs.

Torsion Springs can come as a single spring or as a pair of springs depending on the size of your garage door. They are placed above and parallel to the opening of the garage door where the springs slide onto a shaft. The shaft keeps the springs from flying out and causing damage when they break. It adds extra safety to the torsion spring system. When torsion springs are installed, their tension is modified to fit the garage door’s size. There are some advantages in favor of the torsion springs: They last longer, their operation is smoother, and they are safer.

What Not to Do After the Springs Break

When you notice that your springs broke, do not try to lift the door manually or with the help of an electric opener. The door is extremely heavy. Attempting to lift the door manually can cause you personal damage.

Additionally, trying to open up the broken door with the electric opener will likely cause additional damages to the opener because garage door openers are manufactured to lift doors only with the help of the garage door spring. If the spring is damaged, using the opener solely when attempting to move the heavy garage door will likely damage the electric motor.

Why Should You Trust a Professional?

It is tempting to try and fix the garage door yourself, but there are many safety precautions that you may be unaware of.

It is not advised to replace your garage springs without proper training and tools. Firstly, the springs carry a lot of tension on them. Not knowing how to handle them properly can cause you and your surroundings personal damage. Secondly, the lack of knowledge and experience choosing the right springs can cause serious harm to your garage door and opener.

You shouldn’t concern yourself with the hurdle of replacing the springs yourself. Let our experts do the job for you and ensure safety and expertise throughout the whole process. Don’t hesitate and give us a call!