There are two types of door springs. The first one is torsion springs and you can usually find them either installed directly above the door or, in some cases with older homes, they are mounted in the back of the garage door. Torsion springs balance the door out and assist in moving the door up and down. The extension springs are normally found installed vertically on the sides of the door, and work with the gravity to open and close the door.
How can you tell when your springs go bad and need repaired? Although it is normal for torsion springs to get old and worn out, if they are installed properly and by a professional, they should last at least seven to nine years. However, with the garage door being used more and more as the front door these days, this can make them wear out much sooner. Sometimes, after one year of having your springs installed and balanced properly, you may need them to be rebalanced to ensure they last a little while longer. Testing your springs to make sure they are balanced with the door is a good idea.
If it is time to replace the springs on your garage door, it is best to call a professional to do this for you. This is because when replacing torsion springs, it can be dangerous and you shouldn’t even attempt to do this yourself. You will have to pay a professional to do this for you but it is better than attempting it on your own and getting hurt. The reason the torsion springs are dangerous to attempt to do yourself is because they are under tension and can pop out and hit you. Not only can they hit you, but because they are so strong, strong enough to hold a garage door, they could pop out and injure you badly. This information is enough to make you realize you need a professional to do this for you.
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