Many times we get asked, how long does a garage door spring last? There are many factors that cause garage door springs to break.
Lets start with a perfectly balanced garage door with all parts moving in sync and in new condition. A standard spring built for 10,000 cycles should last about 13 years if used at 2 cycles per day. Most people use there door more than two cycles a day, especially if you park your car in there. So let's say if you run 4 cycles a day you are down to about 6-7 years.
Now lets say if you have an older door with some other parts that may not be worn out but are a few years old at the time your replace your springs.. A garage door part, like cables for instance, that are not at their 100% functioning ability put a bit more strain on the springs to pick up their work. That is also a factor when determining how long springs should last.
We always tell customers expect about 7-10 years. If you want more time out of your springs and use your garage door more than 2 cycles a day, look for higher cycle springs if applicable.
Garage door cables lift the door and counter balance the springs. In an extension spring system, they run on pulleys and in a torsion spring system they roll into a drum at the top of the door. There are many reasons garage door cables break but a here a few common ones.
1. Cables are rubbing against the track or other garage door hardware.
2. Moisture caused the cable to rust. Usually, moisture occurs at the bottom where water from rain or snow seeps in the garage. However, if you leave the door open during these weather events, the cable can rust anywhere.
3. The pulley could be splitting somewhere and causing the cable to fray. Invest in cast iron pulleys which are resistant to splitting.
CAUTION: Garage doors are a very big moving object and their parts balance each other out so that minimal work is required while moving. When one of the garage door parts break, it changes the system. If you try to lift the garage door while the parts are broken, you could be causing injury to yourself or damaging the other garage doors parts.
Garage doors will never run silently. There is a difference however, in a little noise from a running motor or parts and something that sounds like the house is coming down. Here are a few things consider:
1. Over time many garage doors just need a tune-up or lubricating parts to release the friction. Spray the moving parts such as rollers.
2.Some parts like nuts and bolts may wear out and need replacing. Looking for loose bolts will give this away.
3. If you have a garage door motor that runs your door, look for chain or belts off track.
Do I have to call a professional?
While we will always come to your aid, sometimes inspecting, lubricating, and tightening nuts and bolts yourself makes more budget sense.
If you think any parts need to be replaced, that might be best left to a professional like us! Garage doors are under high tension and can cause bodily harm if not handled properly.
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