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Garage door springs

Garage door springs are one of the most important components of your garage door, and are often overlooked until a major problem strikes.

A garage door may have visible springs, in which case a break will be easy to spot, or hidden springs inside the shaft, in which case a technician can identify the break and replace the entire system with a more practical visible spring system.

At Advantage Garage Doors, we only install garage door springs of the highest quality, in accordance with industry safety standards, to ensure proper function and promote longevity of your garage door system.

As garage door torsion springs are under extremely high tension, any damage to them represents a great deal of danger to you and your loved ones. Never attempt to repair or replace a damaged garage door spring by yourself, as this can result in very serious injury.

If you suspect one or both of your torsion springs are damaged or broken, call us immediately to neutralize this safety hazard in your home. 

Are my garage door springs broken?

Several signs can point to damaged or broken garage door springs. Firstly, a deafening ''bang'' is usually heard as the torsion spring snaps. Additionally, a spring that is improperly balanced, of the wrong size, simply damaged or broken can make your door feel extremely heavy and impossible to lift manually - effectively trapping you in or out of your garage. 

When in doubt, don't hesitate to give us a call as damaged springs are extremely dangerous and should be replaced as promptly as possible by experienced professionals. We perform same-day and emergency spring replacement and rebalancing.

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The garage door torsion spring mechanism

A garage door torsion spring system is made of oil-tempered or galvanized steel coils. It is a counterbalance system composed of one, two, or more springs on a steel shaft, with a cable drum at each end. Three bearings support the system - one in the center and one on each end. The counterbalance cables run from two brackets at the bottom of your garage door to the cable drums. 

The high tension in the torsion spring system is effectively what makes lifting and lowering your door possible. As such, any damage in this system is harshly felt!

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Garage door spring lifespan

Your typical garage door torsion spring is built to last 10,000 to 15,000 cycles. A cycle is one opening and closing of your garage door. However, many factors come into play when considering the longevity of garage door springs, including but not limited to : door weight, environmental factors, poor maintenance, and damaged or loose garage door hardware.

To learn more about essential garage door maintenance >

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