Supporting the Weight of the Door
Garage door springs contribute to the opening and closing of your garage door. While they aren’t solely responsible for this process, they do a lot of the work. Springs operate by gaining tension when the door is lowered and release tension when raised. Over time, your springs can lose the ability to gain tension or may sustain damage from regular use. Most garage door springs can last up to 10,000 cycles. When your springs fail, you should seek repair services as soon as possible.
Types of Garage Door Springs
Garage door springs offset the weight of your garage door. Simply put, it helps open and close your garage door. A 100-pound garage door requires springs that can withstand 100 pounds of weight. Installing the wrong types of springs will cause your door to fail while opening and closing. As a result, you make your garage door unsafe. Thunder Garage Door & Locksmith Services works with all types of garage door springs. Our technicians have all the expertise and knowledge to service your garage door, no matter the model.
Here are the types of garage door springs our team works with:
- Extension springs
- Open looped springs
- Double looped springs
- Clipped ends springs
- Torsion springs
- Early-set torsion springs
- Steel-rolling door torsion springs
- Torque master torsion springs
Signs of Needing Spring Repair
It can be difficult to know if your garage door springs need to be replaced. After all, you aren’t examining your garage door very carefully after every use. Here are some signs that your garage door springs may not be performing as well as they should and need to be replaced.
- Straining noises upon opening the garage door
- Door slams shut suddenly
- Popping noise when the garage door closes
- Door seems heavier when it is being opened
- Unable to manually pull the door to the mid-level position
If your garage door has shown any of the above signs, your springs are likely to blame. Get in touch with us for fast and reliable replacements.
Torsion Garage Door Springs
Torsion springs are one of the two most common types of springs installed on garage doors. There are a handful of torsion spring options, including torque master torsion springs, steel-rolling door torsion springs, and early-set torsion springs. Torsion springs appear on most garage door types, but there are a few where extension springs are best. You can expect torsion springs to last longer and are much sturdier. The reason for this is because torsion springs do not extend like extension springs. Instead, they turn, so there is less stress on the springs.
Extension Garage Door Springs
Extension springs are typically installed on garage doors where there is little headroom, or there is an inability to use a rear torsion spring. These springs work by extending and contracting when on an overhead door. We recommend avoiding extension garage door springs unless you have no other option. This is because extension springs can be more dangerous when they snap. Additionally, they don’t last as long as torsion springs. It is also important to mention extension springs require more parts, which can be a hassle with an appliance with so many working parts already.