Failed garage door springs can leave anyone frustrated. Despite being the biggest potential cause of problems for your garage door, springs are the most overlooked aspects when it comes to door maintenance. Though constant usage may cause the spring to break, there are other reasons that could potentially lead to failure too. Today, we discuss some common reasons behind breaking garage springs.
Wear and tear
By far, the biggest reason for garage door spring breakage is wear and tear. Ideally, springs are engineered to last about 10,000 cycles, a cycle being the door opening and closing. If you’re the only person using the garage door to park your car, that’s a minimum of two cycles per day. However, garage doors are usually accessed by everyone in the house; kids, partners, parents and sometimes even guests. What’s more, depending on the layout of your house, your garage may function as a main entrance for your home. All this means you could be going through cycles much faster than you might think. These multiple cycles in a day shorten the lifespan of the springs, by causing greater wear and tear.
Even the toughest or most flexible of door springs can fall prey to rust—eventually, all ferrous metal does—and rust reduces the lifespan of as spring drastically. Rust, when accumulated on a spring, weakens the core of the steel coil, causing increased friction and eventually snapping of the spring in half.
To prevent rust build-up and extend the life of the springs, it’s important to use a lubricant made for the coils every few months. A good maintenance routine will keep the rust in check and also augment the life of the springs, by making sure they are running smoothly and efficiently.
Lack of maintenance
Poor maintenance together with over-usage is a perfect recipe for disaster when it comes to garage door springs. Most people often ignore the tell-tale signs until the spring needs to be replaced. Garage door springs, just like everything else, require proper maintenance. Seasonal changes often disrupt the smooth functioning of the springs, with winters being recorded as the peak season for breakdown. Doors often lose their balance during winters, eventually causing springs to snap. It’s a good idea to check for the health of the springs before the onset of a new season, especially winter. This can help avoid breakdowns before they happen.
Incorrect spring size
Incorrect spring size can also decrease the longevity or lifespan of springs. Both the spring length and the wire size need to be correct.
Ideally, garage doors should have two torsion springs on either side of the door. These not just share the weight of the door between themselves, but also, should one wear out, the other will help keep your door from slamming shut. One long spring can work in case of light or small doors, but is not advised, as it can lead to shortened life cycle for the spring, and heavy damage in case of failure.
Get professional help
Garage door springs do a lot of hard work when it comes to the opening and closing of garage doors. If you’re facing a damaged garage door spring, we at Prestige Doors and Gates, provide end-to-end solutions for garage doors in Auckland. Whether you’re looking for custom garage doors or garage door accessories, reach out to us, and we can help!