Garage door springs have a life expectancy measured in cycles not years. One cycle is a single opening and closing sequence, which means the more you use the door, the shorter the life expectancy of the springs. In busy households, the number of cycles can add up quickly, increasing the chance that you’ll experience a broken garage door spring.
There are two types of garage door springs. The first, torsion springs are mounted above the garage door. The other, extension springs are mounted above the door tracks or on either side.
Broken Springs… Garage Door Doesn’t Go Up
If you are unsure if a garage door spring is broken, learn more or call Banko and a professional can assess the situation over the phone and if need be, get a service technician out right away.
Please don’t attempt to change a spring yourself as it can be dangerous, call Banko and let us do the heavy lifting.
Broken springs represent the most common type of repair call for garage door repair technicians, here are a few questions and answers that will help you determine if you have a broken spring and what to do next.
- How do I know my garage door spring has broken? If you find that your garage door will not open the whole way, and is only going up by an inch or more, it may not be caused by the springs and not a problem with your garage door opener. To see if your spring has broken, check the area above your door to find the springs. These are attached to a bar that spans the width of the garage door. If the spring is broken then there will be a gap between the coils.
- What do I do when a garage door spring breaks? Garage door springs are wound very tight, meaning they are under a lot of tension and can be very dangerous if touched or maneuvered. A trained technician is the best person for the job because the working knowledge of the spring, door weight, and garage door parts are essential. Also consider that often times when one spring breaks, the second is not too far behind – by investing in a double spring replacement you will save yourself a service trip and money in the long run.
- How much are replacement garage door springs? This will vary based on the type of spring you need and the weight of your garage door. At Banko, we provide upfront pricing with no hidden costs – and that means no surprises when you contact us for garage door spring replacement.
What to Know Before Your Garage Door Spring Replacement
Many homeowners have no idea what’s involved in garage door spring replacement. Before you get started gathering estimates on the work, know that it’s best to replace both springs at the same time — even if one still appears to be operating properly. Garage door springs are designed for the same cycle rating, and they should last about the same amount of time. This means that if one’s broken, it’s only a short matter of time before the other goes. By replacing both at the same, you ensure they will work in tandem with the same capabilities, and you also ensure that you won’t need another garage door spring replacement visit shortly after your first.
You should also know that there have been new advances in technology since your last garage door spring replacement. You can now secure corrosion-free garage door springs, which are designed for many more cycles than standard springs, and they are durably constructed to withstand the wet, salty Florida air.
A knowledgeable technician can also recommend the right size garage door replacement springs for your home. It’s important for the safety and maintenance of your garage door that the right-size spring be used to do the heavy lifting. Springs that are too large or too small can both cause problems for the smooth operation of your overall garage door.