Your garage door springs are one of those parts that you never think about until you need to. Unfortunately, as a crucial part in opening and closing your garage door, when the spring breaks, it demands your attention. As you wait for it to be replaced, you may wonder what caused it to break in the first place.
The Spring Was Just Old
This is the simplest explanation. Every spring has an average lifespan measured in cycles. One session of opening and then closing a door is a cycle. It doesn’t mean when the spring reaches this life expectancy that it will just break, but rather you should be considering a replacement by then. However, no one really tracks these cycles.
Lack of Maintenance
It is recommended to have maintenance done on your garage door opening system once per year. This ensures everything is cleaned and lubricated properly. These appointments are also a chance for a technician to look at the spring. Rusting or physical damage are early signs that the spring is going to break.
The Spring Was Improperly Installed
It is crucial that you leave garage door spring replacement to a professional. When a garage door spring breaks, it can do so with enough force to easily injure someone. Furthermore, a spring improperly replaced is a hazard and an accident waiting to happen.
The Coil Has Gaps
On extension type springs, often your spring may not break so much as it may fail. The springs extend out, and over time gaps may appear. The gaps get larger and the size between different gaps becomes more inconsistent. Eventually the spring may become so stretched out that it will no longer be able perform its function of lifting the garage door to open it.
Contact Smokey’s Garage Door today to schedule maintenance for your garage door.