Smart garage door openers have made it much more convenient for today’s homeowners to use the garage door as the primary entrance into their home. That is why durability is paramount when it comes to garage door springs. They must, after all, be able to help lift more than 150 pounds an average of four times per day.
Two of the most commonly used springs are extension and torsion. Each spring varies in terms of installation and robustness. Conversely, they are both widely manufactured with 10,000 cycles. How long those cycles last will depend on your daily usage, as one cycle is spent each time the door is opened and closed.
Once your cycles have been used, the springs may break. Broken garage door springs cannot be repaired and must be replaced by a professional. Professionals possess the skills and equipment required to safely remove the broken spring and install a new one in its place. Ideally, in situations where there are two springs to the door, you’ll want to have both springs replaced.
How to Identify Spring Type?
Extension springs are mounted vertically two to a door on both sides of the tracks. They expand and contract along with the movement of the door. Extension springs are always installed with a system of safety cables and pulleys. This part is often used to support the weight of lightweight doors.
Torsion springs are mounted horizontally on a bar directly above the garage door, as shown. They rotate with the movement of the door and, like extension springs, are under immense tension. Torsion provide much more control over the door and are available as high-cycle springs.
The Best Garage Door Springs
The best option, especially for busy households with multiple drivers, is high-cycle torsion garage door springs. The brilliance of high-cycle springs is that they possess the strength of torsion springs as well as feature incredible longevity. They have lifespans that can last about 14 years, assuming the door is operated four times a day, for a total of 20,000 cycles. Your mileage will, of course, vary depending on daily use.
Pro Installation of Garage Door Springs
Sun Devil Garage Door can diagnose issues related to garage door springs as well as any problems your door or opener may be exhibiting. We provide accurate estimates and only use durable products – stocked on our service trucks daily – from manufacturers, like LiftMaster, that you can trust.
Our experienced and knowledgeable service technicians are ready to serve all your garage door repair, garage door installation, and garage door service needs. Contact us today at (480) 838-9397 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
For a limited time only, we are offering $159 spring replacement; please call for details.