Upgrade your springs to save you money!
A broken spring can make it almost impossible to open your garage door. There are two types of springs:
Torsion – one or two springs hung on a shaft usually located at the top of the door opening that “wind up” as the door is closed.
Extension – two springs that each run along the upper right and left door tracks, and extend (stretch) or get longer when the door is lowered.
The most common torsion springs have an expected life of about 10,000 “cycles”. A cycle is one opening and one closing of the garage door. The steel spring experiences tremendous force each time the door opens or closes. Gradually, the steel fatigues with each flex, and eventually cracks and breaks, usually releasing its stored energy in an instant with a loud noise or bang. In garage door repairs, most accidents occur during the replacement of the springs.
While many door companies quote a flat fee for spring replacement to replace the springs with the standard 10,000 cycle springs, we prefer to quote a range and give our customer’s a higher cycle spring that will last your MUCH longer than the one that just broke. We feel strongly about putting high cycle quality springs on your door and the price difference is minimal! (Springs can vary in price by more than $30/spring.) Also, if one spring breaks, and they were installed at the same time, it is likely that the other will not be far behind since they both have the same wear and tear. For this reason, we suggest changing both springs at once (we typically replace extension springs in pairs) to save you the expense of a second service trip.
WARNING – Springs are under high tension. Only trained, qualified service technicians should replace or adjust springs.