There are two main types of springs used in garage door opening systems: torsion, and extension. While used in different ways, both provide essentially the same function: storing the energy needed to easily open your door.
Through many hundreds of cycles of opening and closing your door, though, the steel in the springs can become fatigued, and may eventually fail. When this happens a system that has been properly installed will contain the broken spring, keeping it from damaging your property, or harming those present. In addition to being dangerous, an improperly installed spring can cause damage to cabling and other parts of your system, resulting in the need for premature repair or component replacement.
How Is a Spring Replaced?
Spring replacement is a potentially dangerous activity that requires experience and expertise in order to accomplish safely. The springs used in garage systems must be tensioned tightly enough to lift hundreds of pounds of weight in order to effectively open and close your door. Heavy steel springs under that degree of tension can be extremely dangerous if handled improperly. Tensioned garage springs that suddenly become loose may contain enough force to break limbs or cause other severe injury. To replace a spring, the old spring must be slowly released, and the new one methodically brought up to the proper tension. Over or under-tensioning may cause damage to the spring or other components of the opening system.
While it’s technically possible for a layman to install a new set of garage springs, it’s far and away safer and more reliable to allow Garage Door Repair Fort Lauderdale to handle it. We have the knowledge, tools and expertise to safely remove old, worn down springs, and replace them with new, correctly installed components, so that you don’t need to risk life and limb.
What Size Spring Do I Need?
The correct spring size and tension is dependent on the size and weight of the door or doors that they’ll be moving. Our expert technicians will quickly identify the make, model and size of spring that you need, as well as the proper level of tension for your door. With our professional assessment, you can lose the guesswork and be absolutely assured that your new springs are the ideal size and tension for your system.