A typical garage door can easily weigh more than 200 pounds, and this heavy weight is supported by a system of one or more durable springs. Every time your door is used these components are put under enormous tension, and over time they’ll begin to wear out and grow weaker. If they break trying to use your door can be very dangerous, so we thoroughly recommend calling us for emergency spring replacement as soon as possible. Of course, you don't need to wait for them to break. If you notice any signs of wear and tear, our expert technicians will be ready to provide you with assistance.
Which Type Do I Have?
Most modern garage door systems use torsion springs, as long as they have the required headroom available. However, extension springs are sometimes found in garages that have low ceilings, because their slimmer profile makes it easier to fit them into spaces with limited headroom.Each type works very differently. If you have a single unit installed horizontally above the door across a steel shaft, then you have a torsion spring. If you have a pair of slimmer ones positioned at each side of the door, and you see them stretch while the panels lower and contract as they rise, then you have a pair of extension springs. Keep in mind that some door systems could be using both, although this would be rare.
When Will They Need To Be Replaced?
There are many factors that determine how long your springs will last. High quality units can have a service life of more than ten years, while cheaper units can barely last the three. Maintenance plays a key role in extending the life of your springs as well, and the regular service appointments that our technicians perform can significantly improve the service life of these components.
We're Ready To Help
If you need to have a new torsion spring installed, or you’d like to schedule a maintenance appointment, give our experts at Garage Door Repair White Bear Lake a call. We'll make sure the system can open and close smoothly and safely.