Classic case: While you sit comfortably enjoying a meal or listening to the TV, you hear a loud noise that sounds like a gunshot from your garage. In the garage, you notice that your spring splits into two pieces when it was only one step later than the day before. You tell yourself that you will be splicing these two pieces the next weekend and that this little job should not be so complicated.
Let us DIY-Garage-Door-Parts remind you of a few important things: the springs on your garage door serve as a counterweight to your garage door; it usually weighs between 125 and 300 lbs (57 and 136 kg). Attempting to repair the spring system yourself puts you at risk of serious injury.
Types of spring
- The torsion spring
System The torsion spring system is placed on the top of the door and is placed inside a tube. In case of breakage, the spring remains in the tube.
- The extension spring
System The extension spring system is located above the horizontal rails; if it breaks, the spring is retained by the safety cable, if there is one. As mentioned above, the spring, whether of torsion or extension type, acts as a counterweight to the door. Its counterweight allows the user to handle the door easily because the door weight does not exceed 10 lbs.
- The life of a spring
A spring system of 10,000 cycles with a life span between 5 and 7 years and springs of 20,000 cycles are also available on the market and obviously has a longer life. A cycle is an opening and closing of the garage door. If the door is used every day or even several times a day, the 10,000 cycles will be quickly reached.
Why do not you repair a broken spring yourself
The opener system forms a whole. For example, consider a torsion type spring system: the same system is attached to the tube which is connected to the drum around the lifting cable attached to the support located at the bottom of the door. In this sense, risk of repairing the spring could damage the other parts of the opener if it is not properly performed.
Plus, if you own a double garage, the weight of the door is much higher than a single garage door; this increases the risk of injury if you try to repair the spring yourself.
My brother-in-law told me it did not matter if the door spring was broken, because the engine can do the job
Your brother-in-law is right … but only partly! The motor of an opener is manufactured to lift a garage door weighing approximately 250 lbs, depending on the force of the motor ( 1/2 or ¾ hp ). However, if the engine can lift as much, it pushes as much when the door closes. Do not make a reckless gesture, like placing your foot in the path of the door during its closing; you will regret it.
So, what should I do?
First, if your garage door has an electric door opener, close the door and then unplug the opener. Then contact us so that one of our technicians can come to your home and perform the repair.
Finally, add to your garage door maintenance routine the lubrication of the various components that come into contact with other metal components, such as casters and hinges. We recommend lubricating these pieces twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring.
Opt for metal oilto lubricate the spring. Take care to wipe off excess oil with a dry cloth. This simple action will protect the spring against rust that may form on the surface, increase its life and eliminate annoying noise caused by the friction of the spring strands.