One of the more common calls we receive is for garage door spring repair. Torsion springs are used to counter the weight of the garage door as it’s being lifted so that it can be more easily opened by the garage door opener (or manually). They are essential to the safe operation of your garage door, and the good news is that they can generally be fixed quickly by the Yacolt garage door spring repair team at Lewis River Doors. Call us today to set up a time for us to come out and help!
Both residential and commercial systems no matter the size operate on similar principles and require springs to assist the opening mechanism. Whether you’ve got a one-car garage or a whole cargo bay of garage doors that need maintenance, we can help. Learn more about our Yacolt garage door services by clicking below.
The drive motor in most overhead doors is not powerful enough to be able to lift a garage door on its own. Like an elevator needs a counterweight, an overhead door needs some help to make lifting it easier and more controllable. This help is what the torsion springs provide.
Because of their role, garage door springs are under a great deal of stress. When their material weighs out – many springs are rated to lift the garage door up and down about 10,000 times – they break.
You can often tell when your springs have broken by visual inspection, though your first cue is often seeing that your garage door is unable to lift the door more than a few inches off the ground. But just because you can see what the problem is doesn’t mean you should rush in and try to fix it yourself. It is best to have garage door spring repair performed by experienced technicians who know the right part you’ll need, how to remove it, and how to put it back on to the right tension for your garage door.
Yacolt Garage Door Spring Repair FAQ
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Springs make it easier and more controllable to open the garage door by putting a force on the door relative to how wound up the spring is. When the door is closed, the spring is ready to assist the garage door opener the most.
Likely the first thing you will notice is that your garage cannot open more than a few inches on its own, regardless of how many times you press the button. You may also be able to see that one spring looks different than the other (there are two in a garage door system). You may even see the fracture in the spring directly.
It takes quite a bit of force for a garage door spring to do what it needs to do. Everything needs to be lined up properly and the spring must be wound to tension in order to function properly. Unless you have some experience and the proper tools to do this job on your own, it can be dangerous. To avoid the danger and get your springs quickly and properly fixed, call Lewis River Doors.
This varies on weight of the door, among other things, though you can expect to spend in the range of $100 to $400 for residential garage doors, and more for larger commercial doors.
A typical garage door spring replacement will take 1-2 hours.
Overhead door springs are under nearly constant torsional stress. Over time, the metal material of the spring itself wears out, and the spring snaps. At this point, the only option is to replace it.
While not strictly required by any sort of rule or warranty, it makes sense to replace both at the same time: if you have a single broken spring, the other is probably not far behind.
The average base-level garage door spring lasts about 10,000 cycles or openings and closings of the door. We do have the option of installing “lifetime” springs which will are rated for 25,000 cycles before needing replaced.