BROKEN GARAGE DOOR SPRINGS
What to look for.
A Loud Band Was Heard in the Garage
A very large amount of force is released when a garage door spring breaks. A large portion of garage doors use torsion springs. These torsion springs are located above the opening of the overhead door and have a steel tube running though the core of the springs and bearings plats. When these springs break, they unwind in a fraction of a second, creating a loud banging noise as the coil spins on the shaft and releases its force. Customers often say it can be very startling when a spring breaks randomly.
Many people hear a loud noise from the garage, and think someone is trying the break in. They check out the house and notice nothing it out of place, until they try to use the garage door again generally creating an emergency call.
Big Gap in Your Torsion Spring
When a torsion garage door spring snaps in the middle, the two sides of the spring separate from each other and leave a visible gap that is sometimes several inches wide. This occurs because torsion springs have lots of room to stretch during normal operation, which gives them more room to separate when they break.
If you suspect that you have a broken torsion spring, close your garage door and locate the spring. If you see any gaps in the spring, it has snapped and will need to be replaced.
Ok, now that you have identified your spring system. Here are some options to consider next.
There are a few different options when moving forward with your spring change. For residential garage doors there are two types of springs we supply, Galvanized and Oil Tempered springs.
Both springs have different benefits, Oil tempered springs are a little bit quieter then galvanized spring. However Galvanized springs do not rust there for lasting longer with the protective coating.
Garage Door Life Cycles
There are a few different ways to make your garage door spring last longer. By changing the springs length, diameter and the gauge of wire used when manufacturing the springs the springs can reach a much higher life cycle.
Residential springs are typically rated for 10,000 cycles, but can be custom made to reach 100,000 cycles.