Garage Door Torsion Spring Replacement and Replacement
Garage Door Torsion Springs Defined and Located
These springs are responsible for lifting your garage doors weight. The average garage door weighs between 150-250 pounds depending on materials and insulation of your garage door. The garage door torsion springs are located directly above the garage doors. They are adhered to a metal shaft. The metal shaft that the springs are fitted to can house the springs or pass between them depending on the garage door opener you have. The Garage door torsion springs need to be in good condition in order for your garage door opener to lift them. These torsions springs act as a counterbalance weight of the garage door. This system allows your garage door to open with ease.
Different types of Torsion Springs
There are five different types of garage door torsion springs. One type garage door torsion spring is for the standard residential garage door. Another type is for a standard commercial door. There are also the EZ torsion springs, Torque Master torsion springs, Mini-ware torsion springs and lastly the Rolling Door Torsion Springs. All these above- mentioned torsion springs apply torque to the metal shaft that they are connected to, creating a lifting force for the garage door to open. Each particular torsion spring has different characteristics that require a particular amount of torque on the springs. These characteristics include the diameter, the size of the wire and the measurement of the spring. The larger springs can lift the heavier doors and the smaller springs lift the lighter doors. For example, a garage door that weighs 200 pounds needs torsion springs that equal the force to pull against the weight of your garage door.
The Life Span of a Torsion Spring for your Garage Door
Garage door Torsion springs have life spans. The life span of each particular type of torsion spring vary upon the type of torsion spring and usage of your garage door. For instance, the average American Garage Door opens and closes four times daily. If your torsion spring cycle is 10,000, this particular spring cycle translates to about a seven- year life span. However, high-cycle torsion springs can have a lifespan up to twelve to eighteen. When looking at a high life cycle torsion spring make sure it is not going to outlast your garage door. Because, if your garage door goes before the torsion spring than you are wasting your money.
Life Span affected to due to atmosphere and climate
The life Span Can be affected primarily because of atmosphere and climate. As any metal product is susceptible to rust due to moisture so is your garage door torsion spring. Moisture creates rust on metal and damages the torsion springs rapidly.
Hence, if you live near the water or in an area where it snows or rains often your garage door torsion spring is most likely to wear at a rapid rate. The temperature of your residence also plays a role as a factor in the wear and tear of your garage door torsion springs. Cold weather allows the metal to contract and become brittle. It is often seen in colder climates or colder weather conditions that your garage door torsion springs will snap. Just as cars and other appliances tend to break down in colder climates. When metal is quickly exposed to a harsh cold night and then slowly the climate warms up the torsion springs are likely to snap. Most torsion spring repairs occur during rapidly dropping temperatures.
Measures to increase the lifespan of our garage door torsion springs
So, If you live on Long Island you are aware of the effects the extreme weather changes bring with the four seasons that we love. If you have a space heater allow your space heater to keep your garage at a warmer temperature during harsh temperature changes. Or allow the day to warm up the garage door torsion springs as long as possible before opening your garage door. Listen very carefully as you open up your garage door for the slightest irregular noises. Listening can also prepare you for future measures in calling a garage door company to repair your garage door torsion springs if you hear a slight or loud snapping noise. Once you hear a slight snapping noise immediately stop your garage door from lifting. If it is too late and the garage door made a loud snapping noise than you have a broken garage door torsion spring on your hands and you will need to call a garage door company to repair your garage door springs.
To prevent the wear, tear, and snap of your garage door torsion springs caused by the temperature and climate of your environment spray your garage door torsion springs with a silicone coating spray. Silicone sprays can be as simple as WD-40. However, consumers be aware that WD-40 is known to eat away at paint. So spray your springs and leave your car out side for a day. WD-40 is highly accessible in hardware stores and auto stores making it easy to purchase. However, you can also purchase a silicone spray called white lithium. White lithium is not known to eat away at paint. Therefore, White Lithium spray can be sprayed and your vehicle can stay in the garage. Spraying down your torsion springs should be done on a maintenance schedule of every four-six months.
Frequent Inspection of your Garage Door Torsion Springs
The average American Family uses the garage door as a main entrance to the home. However, the average American fails to inspect their garage door torsion springs and hardware. We take our garage doors for granted and fail to inspect our garage door torsion springs for deterioration and or rust. Torsion springs must be inspected for
debris, general wear and tear, and rust. A good way to detect that your springs may be off balance or need replacement is to do disconnect the power to your garage door and lift the garage door half way up. Typically, half way is at waist-level. Slowly release your garage door. If your garage door moves from the half way position it is not properly balanced and your torsion springs may need to be tightened or loosened due to usage of your garage door or acclimate changes. It is highly suggested to call a trained technician to adjust your garage door torsion springs. Furthermore, the knowledge of turning the tightening bar left or right is also needed for the safe adjustment of your garage door torsion springs.
Turning the torsion spring adjustment bar left or right-hand wound springs
First you need to determine if you have a left-hand torsion spring or a right-hand torsion spring. Typically, most standard torsion springs are coded red and black. Red is right handed and black is left handed. The side of the door the spring is mounted on does not indicate which direction the torsion spring should be wound. Additionally, this determines the type of torsion spring you have. Right wind spring or left wind spring. If you do not feel comfortable independently handling the amount of winds needed to adjust your garage door you should call a garage door repair company.