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.
Absolutely! Extension springs (located on either side of the door) need to work together and in sync in order for your door to run smoothly. If one is pulling too much and the other not enough the door will wobble or not go up and down at all. Unless you truly know what you are doing, DO NOT attempt to change you springs yourself. Springs (extension or torsion) hold an enormous amount of tension and one mistake can cause bodily harm.
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