Reasons Why Garage Door Springs Break

Contemporary Garage Door Without WindowsGarage doors springs allow your garage door to open and close. If you’re having trouble opening or closing your garage door, you may have a broken spring. Fortunately, they’re easy to identify. Just look up into your garage door system and you’ll be able to see the broken spring. When you do, contact your garage door repair company right away to come out and replace the springs.

There are several reasons why your garage door springs may break. Keep reading to find out more about these reasons so you can understand more about your broken springs.

Wear Over Time

One of the main reasons your garage door springs break is because of the wear and tear they experience over time. The springs actually do the work in lifting your garage door when it opens and lowering it when it closes. Because of this strenuous job, eventually the springs won’t be able to support the weight, causing them to break.

Typical or contractor grade springs last for 5,000 to 10,000 cycles, which means one full opening and closing action. However, Precision Door’s springs last five times longer: 25,000 to 50,000 cycles. Also, if you open and close your garage door many times each day, you’ll go through these cycles more quickly. This happens if you come and go often or if your children open and close the garage door a lot to get equipment out.

Cold Weather

Contemporary Carriage DoorWhen the temperatures drop and the weather gets cold, your garage door springs are more likely to break. The coiled steel gets cold and is under a lot of pressure, which can often cause the springs break.

This means you may need to replace your garage door springs more often if you live in an area with cold temperatures. It’s also a good idea to make sure that you have quality steel springs installed. Cheap, poor quality springs will probably be breaking a lot more frequently.

Rust

When rust forms on your garage door springs, they’re more susceptible to breaking. One reason for this is that rust corrodes the steel, making it brittle and weak. This can cause the springs to snap or fall apart.

The buildup of rust is an issue as well. This buildup will increase the coil friction on the moving spring, which will also cause the spring to break.

Rust on your garage door springs is especially common in wet or humid climates. If you live in this type of climate, it’s important to make sure that you have quality springs installed. You can also talk to your garage door company to see if there’s anything they can do to reduce this problem.

No matter what, your garage door springs will break at some point. Your best bet is to purchase springs that are high quality so you can save money on replacement springs. Precision Door of Delaware offers the best springs so they perform the way they’re designed to.

To learn more about Precision Door, contact us.

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