There are many different garage doors; from roll up sectional to swing up and down. They come in many different sizes and shapes, from 16×7 two car garage, to single 8×7 car garage.. Some have multiple panels, some are single size. They can also be metal or wood and have custom windows, locks, and just about any security accessory you can think of. However, one thing that they all have in common is how they operate and the mechanism parts that are involved to make the magic happen.
Broken torsion springs: this is the most common garage door repair. On an average, a ‘garage door spring’ has a life span of 8-12 years depending on a manufacturer and the quality of the spring. Some overhead doors come with either 1 large torsion spring or 2 on each side making a total of 2-4 springs depending on the system. It is never recommended for anyone to attempt the spring repair without experience and proper tools of a professional. If this is attempted, you are running a high risk of injury to your hand and fingers. overhead garage door repair Trust me, it is not worth it. (Google image: “garage door spring repair injury” )
When your residential or commercial garage has more than one spring and one breaks or loses it’s tension, it is recommended that you replace all of the torsion springs at once to prevent further damage to the panels and it’s components.
Even though the garage system will function (if you decide to simply replace one) correctly, you may be running the risk of having the older springs break causing heavier load on the new spring and degrading its life span, leaving you with more headaches and expenses.
In some extreme cases, the door may drop without warning with no safety support, causing damage to the cables, panels, and the opener, not to mention what and who may be underneath it when the spring snaps.
If your garage has a single spring mechanism, we would recommend that you change your system to a double spring. Double torsion spring system helps to hold the garage door in place when one of them breaks. This is a safety feature that is used by most of the modern garage doors. The parts are widely available to quick, and inexpensive replacements.
Save yourself the time and money, get them all replaced at once!
It is recommended that you contact your local garage door repair company if you have any questions regarding spring or any other repairs to your garage before you attempt them yourself.