Garage Door Springs 101

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Garage door operation depends on several crucial components, especially the springs, which work to lift and lower the heavy door. With a limited lifespan, measured in cycles, the springs are the most frequently replaced part on a garage door. Once they reach their breaking point, they will likely snap, rendering the door inoperable until professional repairs have been made. Here is everything you need to know about them.

Spring Type

The two types of garage door springs are torsion and extension.

Torsion: Mounted on metal bar directly above door opening, torsion springs twist and coil, providing force as the door is lifted either manually or via a garage door opener. In this position, they are under tremendous tension; tension that is released as the door closes. The industry standard for torsion springs is 15,000 to 20,000 cycles.

Extension: Suspended above the vertical tracks on a cable pulley system, extension springs expand and contract, counterbalancing the weight of the heavy door as it moves up and down the tracks. All extension springs should be paired with safety cables! The industry standard for extension springs is about 10,000 cycles.

Understanding ‘Cycles’

The industry standard for extension springs is about 10,000 cycles, whereas, you can typically expect anywhere from 15,000 to 20,000 cycles from a torsion spring. Cycles can vary depending on spring material and quality. Opening and closing your garage door counts as one cycle. If you operate your garage door four times a day, which is the national average, you can expect a lifespan of approximately seven years.

Other causes for spring failure include lack of maintenance, rust and corrosion, and extreme weather fluctuations. They can also break due to damage sustained from a vehicle colliding with the door (it happens more often than you’d think!) Because the lifespan of springs varies from one house to the next, high-cycle torsion springs are also available. These springs are rated for 20,000; 30,000; or even 50,000 cycles.

Always Contact a Professional

Garage door springs are under a lot of pull. Once they break, the door cannot operate safely, and should not be used until the springs have been replaced – a job best left to an experienced professional. Professionals have the experience and equipment to do it safely and efficiently. Many companies even offer same-day or 24-hour emergency repair for broken springs.


Things to Check Before Calling a Garage Door Repairman


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It’s 6am on a Monday morning and, as always, there’s a mountain of work to be done. But first you have to get out of the house. This means dealing with kids that don’t want to get up, let alone go to school, and getting everyone fed when they all want something different to eat.

Already running late for work, you run to your car, which is parked inside the garage and activate the door by pressing the remote on your car’s visor – like you do on any other day. Except, on this day, the door simply doesn’t want to open.

There’s nothing more stressful than dealing with a malfunctioning garage door. Opening and closing at the press of a button, four times per day (on average), can really take its toll on your garage door system. From there it can get old, damaged and faulty.

If your garage door isn’t working properly, there are a few things you can and should do to troubleshoot the problem, prior to calling a garage door repairman. Some simple tweaks may just be the thing to get your door running again – and you on your way to work.

Of course, the best way to avoid encountering costly garage door problems and subsequent repairs, is to perform monthly maintenance tasks, according to the Institute of Door Dealer Education and Accreditation. Many maintenance tasks are do-it-yourself friendly.

When Should I Call a Garage Door Repairman?

Problem #1: The door only partially closes before changing direction

If the door changes direction when you’re attempting to close it, this generally means that something is blocking the door’s safety sensors, or that they’ve become misaligned. The small light on each of the sensors should be lit when nothing is between them.

To try aligning the sensors, maneuver them slightly with your hands, until you notice lit lights. If, after ensuring they’re in proper alignment, they still don’t light up then they made need to be replaced by a professional garage door repairman. A bigger issue may be at play as well.

Problem #2: The door is jammed shut

If the door appears jammed or is favoring one side over the other then this could be the result of broken cables, broken springs, bent tracks or worn pulleys. All of which would require replacement. Replacing these components is a job best left to the professionals.

Problem #3: The door won’t open

Garage doors are one of the heaviest, not to mention bulkiest, moving objects you probably own. And, despite what you may believe, it’s not the garage door opener that does the heavy lifting. It’s the springs on your door. The door cannot open without the strength of these springs.

Because the springs are under an immense amount of tension, which is effectively released when they break, their repair is best left to a professional garage door repairman. Broken garage door spring repair is NOT a DIY yourself project!


Did Your Garage Door Springs Go Kaput?

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In today’s busy world as most of us find ourselves rushing about, attempting to get to one place or another on time, just about every day, our garage doors along with all its components can get quite a workout.

For homes with two or more drivers, it’s not unusual for the garage door to be operated a minimum of four times per day/300+ times per year, not counting those homes that have little ones running about.

Now consider this: your garage door springs provide the door with most, if not all, of its lifting power. What this means is that when they’re broken, your door will not be able to open, and it will become unsafe to operate.

Garage door springs, whether extension or torsion, can break for a variable number of common reasons including those listed below:

  • Rust
  • Age: 10,000 Cycles
  • Cold Weather Conditions

What Type of Garage Door Spring Do You Have?

Take a look at your garage door. If you noticed two springs on each side, then you have extension springs, which more than likely are attached with safety cables for safer handling of your door.

If the springs are attached directly above the garage door, in a central location, then you have torsion springs. These springs are the most common type of springs used in residential homes.

Both extension and torsion springs are under immense tension. It is this tension that affords your springs with the ability to counterbalance the entire weight, in some cases upwards of 500 pounds, of the garage door.

Once broken – you may hear a loud popping noise when they break – you will probably be facing some serious problems including a door that just won’t remain open.

For your safety we highly recommend that you NOT attempt to operate or force your door to open (or close), as this may cause the door to come crashing down, fast. It’s probably best that you just unplug the opener.

Seeking Help from the Professionals

While replacing springs may seem like an easy task for some of you, especially those of you that are handier around the house, it is one task that should never be completed without the help of a professional garage door repair technician.

There are many reputable garage door repair companies, including Dynamic Door Service Tulsa that can provide the entire Tulsa area, as well as surrounding areas, with same day or 24-hour emergency services.

Rather than attempting to repair something that is DANGEROUS, do yourself a favor, and call the pros at Dynamic today – (918) 938-1338. With fully stocked trucks, we can replace your springs safely and correctly, our first time out.

Common Garage Door Problems

Dynamic Door Service TulsaOwning any kind of machinery means that eventually, parts may need to be replaced. This includes cars, lawnmowers, and even garage doors. All these items have many pieces that help create bigger actions. For example, the garage door is the biggest moving part in your home and requires many smaller parts and pieces to help accomplish the main task, opening and closing the garage door. During the use of the garage door, wear and tear begins to take a toll on many or all the garage door pieces. When a part needs replacing, many common garage door problems can occur, as a result.

Common Garage Door Problems:

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Garage Door Services

Do you currently own a garage door and could use some maintenance work, or are you in the market looking for a new garage door? Garage Door Tulsa specializes in Residential and Commercial garage door services in your area. We have certified technicians that are trained and knowledgeable to assure you the best Garage door installations and repairs. Garage Door Tulsa Services provide garage door repair and services, which include:

  • Garage Door Repair Tulsa
  • New Garage Doors Installed (Most can be repaired, ask us if you’re not sure)
  • Garage Door Openers Installed
  • Garage Door Openers Repaired
  • Broken Overhead Garage Door Springs
  • Torsion Spring Experts
  • Broken Garage Door Cables
  • Broken or Bent Rollers
  • Bent Track, Misaligned or Rusted Track
  • Replacement of Sections or Panels
  • 25-Point Safety Inspection
  • Garage Door Hardware Overhauls
  • Noisy Garage Doors Silenced

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Garage Door Repairs


Your Tulsa Garage Door Repair company repairs garage doors and garage door openers in Tulsa, Oklahoma with all kinds of damage, restoring their functionality and your family’s safety. Many times when your garage door doesn’t operate correctly, it can be fixed at a surprisingly affordable price. That is our goal for any of our customers. We want to provide effective repairs at affordable prices.

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Whatever your garage door needs are, we can handle it! For more information on how Dynamic Door Service Tulsa can help you, contact us at: (918) 938.1338

Tulsa Garage Door Company

To enhance the operation, longevity and safety of your garage door and opener, performing yearly maintenance is a must! But it MUST be performed by an experience professional garage door company. The maintenance should include tightening, lubricating, adjusting and testing all of the garage door elements. Your friends at Dynamic Door Services have trained professionals who take the time to ensure your garage door is fully functional. If you are in need of any other minor repairs or tune ups, don’t worry about waiting, we have 27/7 service! Since there are so many moving components to your garage door, you are bound to run into some repair needs. So whatever your garage door or entry door needs are, trust your Tulsa Garage Door Company!

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