Garage Door Spring Repair

garage door spring

The springs on a garage door are a crucial component of the lift mechanism. Over time and through repeated use, these can break and require replacement. This can happen when you least expect it, so you need quick, professional service to safely fix the mechanism. A-Team Garage Door Repair in Frederick MD offers garage door spring repair services. If you suspect that your garage door springs are broken, let our experienced team have a look. We follow best practices and can have your garage door working again in no time.

What Happens When the Springs Break?

Garage door springs come in various types. Their role is to facilitate raising and lowering the garage door when a force is applied by motor or hand. The springs work in different ways, depending on the type. They can either extend or use torque to smoothly lift the heavy garage door whenever you need to enter or exit your garage.

These springs are very strong and durable, but you may need a spring replacement after much use. Factors such as moisture and rust can also speed up the time it takes to have a broken garage door spring. If your springs are broken or close to failing, there are some telltale signs. You may notice that your garage door is no longer working smoothly or properly. You could even observe that the springs are no longer in one piece.

If you have a broken torsion spring or a broken extension spring, this prevents your garage door from working properly and presents a safety hazard. Let our certified technicians do your garage door spring repair. We offer same-day service and 7-day week service at affordable prices to homeowners in and around Frederick, MD.

Our Garage Door Spring Repair Best Practices

Garage doors perform an important function, but they are also heavy and contain many moving parts. They need to be handled with care and by someone certified to do so. That’s why all our technicians are certified. We follow best practices when we do your garage door spring repairs.

Replacing Both Springs

Whenever we get on-site, we need to decide if a spring replacement is necessary. There could be one or two springs for a torsion spring system, and for an extension spring system, there are always two springs. We always replace both springs if they’re extension springs so that the garage door does not fall off track. Garage door springs work together, so it is our best practice to replace them both simultaneously. If we replace only one spring, it is going to be stronger than the other. This can make the mechanism lift the door unevenly and might cause the door to come out of its track.

Using the Right Springs

We check to see what kind of springs you have to replace them with the right kind. You may also choose to change your garage door spring type. We use high quality and high cycle garage door springs that last for many years and around 10,000 cycles.

Safety Inspection

Before we begin any repair or replacement work, we always start with a thorough safety inspection. We do this to ensure that all the hardware and parts on the garage door are in good working condition. We understand the safety risks that a faulty garage door can cause.

Types of Garage Door Springs

There are two main types of garage door springs. These differ by the mechanism they use to lift the garage door. Learn more about them below.

Garage Door Extension Springs

What are Extension Springs?

Extension springs are the most common type of garage door springs. They are suspended overhead above the tracks on a cable pulley system. Their extension and relaxation actions are what cause the garage door to move up or down.

Advantages of Extension Springs

Extension springs are very efficient and are more affordable than torsion springs. This is why they are more widely used.

Disadvantages of Extension Springs

There are a few disadvantages of an extension spring system:

  • They have more components, so they are more likely to fail.
  • They have a shorter lifespan than the alternative.
  • They require a safety cable to be installed.

What are Torsion Springs?

Torsion springs use torque to raise the garage door. Instead of extending back and forth, they turn. The springs are mounted on a metal bar directly above the door and are visible.

Advantages of Torsion Springs

The main advantages of torsion springs over extension springs are due to their turning motion. They do not fully extend and therefore are more durable and have a longer lifespan.

Disadvantages of Torsion Springs

Torsion springs are gaining popularity because of their superior mechanism and durability, but they are more expensive than their counterparts.
torsion garage door spring

Replacing Extension Springs with Torsion

Any homeowner with an extension spring system can replace it with a torsion system. You might want to consider this as a long-term investment in a superior garage door mechanism.

What are Torquemaster Springs?

A third but less common type of spring is Torquemaster Spring. These specialty springs are located inside the metal tube directly above the door and are not visible. They are installed with Wayne Dalton garage doors.

Torquemaster Spring

What Not to Do after the Springs Break

If your garage door spring is broken, you should be careful around it because it is a safety hazard. A heavy door with a broken spring can damage the garage door opener gear. Don’t try to lift it manually because it might crash down.

The Dangers of Replacing the Garage Door Springs Yourself

We highly recommend that you avoid tampering with the mechanism or attempting to replace the springs yourself. The weight of the door and the dangers of a broken spring put you at risk of bodily injury and endanger your property.

Why Trust A-Team Garage Door Repair as Your Professional Garage Door Repair Company

A-Team Garage Door Repair

The springs must be installed by professionals who comply with safety standards. Our technicians are licensed and professional with years of experience. A professional garage door repair saves you money in the long run and prevents potential damage to other garage door parts. Contact A-Team Garage Door Repair in Frederick for your next garage door spring replacement.

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