Residential Garage Door Springs: What You Need to Know
Springs play a vital role in the function of a garage door. Springs work by counteracting the force of gravity. In essence, they offset the weight of the door and make it “lighter” when opening or closing it, whether the door is operated manually or via electrical power. There are two types of garage door spring systems: extension and torsion.
EZ-Set® Torsion Springs
The EZ-SET Torsion Spring System makes torsion spring installation faster and easier for the do-it-yourselfer. Our system eliminates the difficult and manual winding process.
Residential Garage Door Torsion Springs
Unlike extension springs that operate via stretching, torsion springs rely on torque to produce movement. For example, when closing the door, the cables attached to the bottom corners wind up and generate stored energy. Opening the door unwinds the springs and releases the energy required to create the lifting motion. While a torsion spring system usually costs more than an extension system, it’s more common because of its greater safety and longevity.
Residential Garage Door Extension Springs
An extension system consists of springs attached to cables at the bottom corners of the garage door. When opening the door, the springs extend and cause the stored energy within them to raise the door. The greater the force applied by hand or electric motor, the more the spring expands. The cables serve as a safety measure by preventing the springs from flying off and possibly causing an injury. Extension springs are less expensive than torsion springs, although they have more moving parts that could break and usually have a shorter lifespan.
Signs of the Need for Garage Door Spring Repair
Garage door springs must be properly balanced to operate efficiently, and they can experience a reduction in tension over time. Signs that can indicate the need for a garage door spring repair or replacement include:
- Door Opens and Closes Too Slowly: A broken spring can prevent an electric door opener’s motor from reaching top speed, so a slowly moving door could be a symptom of a spring issue.
- Excessive Noise: A noisy door often means the springs are straining and need to be replaced.
- Door Stopping: Many motorized garage door openers are equipped with a force adjustment feature as a safety caution that will stop the door from moving after a few inches if a spring is broken.
- Door Appears Crooked: If your garage door looks crooked or improperly aligned, it could mean a spring on one side of the door has broken is preventing the door from rolling evenly along the tracks.
Contact IDEAL Door for All Your Residential Garage Door Spring Needs
As a leading residential garage door spring provider for more than 50 years, you can count on IDEAL Door for high-quality residential torsion and extension springs, which are available for sale at all Menards locations. We can also offer expert garage door spring replacement and repair advice.
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