Garage Door Spring Repair

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Most homeowners pay little attention to the condition of their overhead door until something goes wrong. Luckily, most of the issues we are asked to address are minor, and the repairs can be performed inexpensively. The bigger ticket items usually involve damage to the actual door, an opener replacement, or a broken spring.
If you shop for a garage door spring on Amazon or at the big box stores, you’ll be surprised how inexpensive a spring is. Then why does it cost $200 or more to replace a garage door torsion spring? Labor! It takes time and skill to work on torsion springs.
Before you can replace a broken a single torsion spring, the entire torsion spring assembly must first be removed entirely, including the remaining intact springs. This disassembly and reassembly process is time-consuming and fraught with danger. Installing torsion springs is not something an amateur should undertake.

Size Matters

Torsion springs are rated by their IPPT. IPPT stands for Inch Pounds Per Turn. It represents the force a spring exerts per complete turn of the spring. IPPT is affected by the wire gauge, the diameter of the spring, its length, and how tightly it’s wound.

The job of a spring is to counterbalance the weight of the sectional door as it opens and closes.

Computing the correct IPPT of spring is not an easy matter. You have to know the weight of the door to know how much force the spring needs to exert to neutralize that weight. Door manufacturers can provide some basic metrics, but frequently additional weight is added in the form of struts to strengthen the door.

If you’re curious to find out whether you have the appropriate spring and that it is installed correctly, follow this simple test. Disengage the opener from the door. Simple pull on the chord that releases the carriage from the rail.

Lift the door about 2 feet from the ground and release. The door should not close or open. Repeat lifting the door in 2-foot increments. The door should stay right where you released it.

When the spring is too weak or too “hot” it can lead to a damaged door and/or garage door opener.

The garage door opener should never strain to open or close the door. If it does, it can damage the door at the connection point with the opener or wear out the opener components.

We exclusively use oil-tempered torsion springs. Oil-tempered springs have a much longer lifespan than galvanized springs — which have a chrome-like appearance and frequently upsold to unwary consumers. To prevent oil-tempered springs from rusting, they are dipped in a black liquid and then baked in an oven to form an anti-corrosive coating. That coating allows the garage door to open and close quietly as the torsion spring winds and unwinds. What does it cost to repair garage door torsion springs?

Why Replace All The Springs?

If your garage has a single torsion spring, our technician may recommend replacing it with dual springs. Why? It’s a safety measure.

When one spring breaks, you will still have enough assistance from the remaining spring to lift the door. Without that spring, it may be impossible to open the door even with several other people’s help.

If your door has two or more springs and one spring breaks, we will typically recommend the replacement of all the remaining springs. Why? Well, it is not to make more money. It’s actually the reverse. We want to save you money.

Springs are rated for a certain number of cycles. Therefore if all the springs were installed simultaneously, then all the springs have run the same amount of cycles as the broken springs.

Therefore it is highly probable that all the springs have reached the end of their life-cycle. Why wait a week, or several months for the next spring to break? Why not replace them all and save the time and cost of repeating the same process again?

Lifetime Spring Replacement

Nobody can guarantee that a garage door spring won’t break.As a matter of fact, the only thing guaranteed is that ALL SPRINGS WILL EVENTUALLY BREAK
with use! What we don’t know is when yours will break.
Will it happen tomorrow, next week, month, year … ?

With our Lifetime Spring Replacement Guarantee, it doesn’t matter when or how many times a spring breaks. We will replace your broken spring quickly, and it won’t cost you a penny. And don’t worry if you can’t find your receipt. We’ll keep track of all the work you’ve asked us to do in our secure database. Just call us, and we’ll fix it in a jiffy. Read the fine print. There isn’t any. It’s a simple straight-forward guarantee: if we replaced all of your spring(s) and one or all break, we’ll replace it. No gotcha’s, no surprises!  How much are Lifetime Garage Door Torsion Spring?

Garage Door Extension Spring Repair

Extension springs are located above the horizontal tracks. The extension spring attaches to a pulley that loops the cable connected to the door’s bottom panel.

The spring stores energy when the door is lowered, stretching it out between the pulley at one end and an “S-hook” attached to the angle iron support used to mount the horizontal track.

A safety cable should be installed through the center of the spring. This cable prevents a portion of the broken spring from turning into a missile and possibly hurting someone or something nearby.
Extension springs should only be installed when the door is completely open to release all tension from the spring. Remember that these springs are designed to lift doors than can way several hundred pounds. Imagine how much damage such a force could do to a person or pet?

Over time, these springs will stretch, and consequently, they will lose much of their ability to lift the door. When this happens, it is not uncommon for the door to go off-track. The lack of pulling force also places more stress on the garage door opener.

When one spring breaks, both springs must be replaced at the same time. Otherwise, the unequal pull from the new and old spring will cause serious problems. How much does it cost to replace extension springs?