According to industry estimates, an average of 20,000 to 30,000 garage door accidents happen annually. A typical garage door weighs up to 400 pounds, and the springs do most of the heavy lifting.
The springs are at maximum tension when the garage door is down. The tension reduces when opening the door, and the spring aids in the lifting. Most garage door springs break under tension when the door is down. In the unlikely event that the spring fails when the door is halfway open, it comes crashing down.
For this reason, it is risky for homeowners to repair and replace garage doors on their own.
What Causes Garage Door Springs to Break?
- Wear and Tear
The leading cause of garage door spring failure is wear and tear. Most springs have a 10,000-cycle rating with regular maintenance. Consider extended lifespan torsion springs rated 20,000 cycles and above if you use the door often.
Rust increases friction in the spring. Corrosion also eats into the spring, increasing the chances of breaking. Spray silicone-based grease on the spring to keep deterioration at bay.
- Lack of Maintenance
Routine maintenance extends the service life of the garage door spring. Consistent monitoring also helps avoid sudden spring failure. Call garage door experts to inspect and repair the door at least once a year.
Dangers of Replacing Garage Door Springs Yourself
Working with heavy metal springs under tension has serious hazards, including:
- Flying metal if a spring breaks
- Risk of severe lacerations
- Falling garage doors – which weigh up to 400lbs!
- Activated door opener during replacement
- Broken fingers and toes
- Head injuries
- Minor cuts and bruises caused by rusty metal
Unless you have experience with DIY garage door spring replacement, contact a licensed garage door repair service. They have the expertise and proper tools for the job, including appropriate personal protective equipment.
Garage Door Warranty
Be mindful that having an unlicensed person fix your garage door could void the door’s warranty, so let the professionals replace your garage door springs to remain covered.
If you are in the Phoenix, AZ metro area, you can contact Smokey’s Garage Door for any broken spring emergencies. Request your service today or call us directly!