Spring is a great time for cleaning, but dusting the cobwebs of winter off your appliances shouldn’t be your only focus. It’s also the perfect time to do the preventative maintenance in your garage that you’ve been putting off before the heat of summer. A good safety inspection of your garage door springs and an investment in garage door maintenance now could save you a major repair once the weather is not as pleasant as it is now.
When springs snap
Your garage door should be checked annually by a professional technician. With proper maintenance, your garage door springs can last up to 10 years, which is between 10,000 and 20,000 uses. Springs in the door build up tension when the door is closed, and release it when the door is told to open. This building up of tension will eventually wear out the spring, causing it to snap.
There are many mechanisms on your garage door, the springs included, that could be dangerous when tinkered with by someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing—like an overzealous DIY enthusiast. However, even when not tampered with, the springs on your garage door can break or snap if they’re being worn out without your knowledge and not properly maintained. Replacing the springs takes many steps and can be extremely dangerous, because handling high-tension springs could result in you getting caught in the snapping.
Types of garage door springs
To understand why it’s important to maintain your garage door mechanisms, it’s helpful to understand the types of springs that may be in your garage door. There are two major types of springs:
- Torsion springs: Torsion springs consist of a single spring that is mounted on the ceiling of your garage, covered by a tube, which helps protect it from damage. It works by twisting itself to increase tension, which releases to lift the door. When it breaks, it crashes into the tube and immediately loses the ability to open the door. These types of springs are incredibly difficult and dangerous to repair, requiring many steps to be followed carefully and precisely by trained professionals.
- Extension springs: Extension springs also build tension, which is used to open the garage door as the tension releases. There are two thin, parallel springs in this system, which elongate to gain power and spring back in a coil to lift the door. While somewhat safer than torsion springs, extension springs are still dangerous and require professionals for garage door maintenance in Denton, TX.
Preventing trouble before it happens
At Denton Overhead Door, we’ve been repairing and inspecting garage doors for over 10 years. Plus, we handle installation and garage door maintenance in Denton, TX for both residential and commercial customers. Our technicians are trained professionals who are well-equipped to handle your garage door springs with the latest tools and techniques. If it’s time for your annual spring inspection, call us today to learn more or set up an appointment and avoid the cost of major repairs this summer!
For high-quality services from your local garage door company call us today at 940-323-1111!
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