One of the most common garage door repairs is on the spring or springs that controls the opening and closing of the garage door. These springs take the brunt of the weight and allow for easier movement of these heavy, awkward doors. However, they do have a limited amount of use and do need replacement more frequently than most other garage door components. So, how do you know when it is time to replace your garage door spring?
Unfortunately, there is not a quick and simple answer for when any spring on a garage door will need replacement. They are like timing belts or chains in vehicle engines – they work, until one day they don’t. For cars, they recommend timing belts be replaced as preventive maintenance – having one break can ruin the engine in some vehicles. The same can be true for garage door springs. They should be replaced when they have put on the recommended “miles” or cycles to prevent them breaking and causing damage.
While each type of spring and manufacturer may be different, the average garage door spring is good for about 10,000 cycles. Depending on how often you use your garage door, that could mean about five years, give or take a year. Some springs have extended lifespans, with 60,000 or more cycles, giving you longer between replacements.
The best way to stay on top of your spring and other maintenance for your garage door is to schedule routine tune-ups once or twice a year. This will help ensure everything is kept lubricated and in good working order, which can extend the life of your spring and opening system. Your garage door service tech can let you know when it is time to replace your spring to prevent unexpected failure.
Posted on behalf of:
Habpro Garage Doors
Dacula, GA 30019
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