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Without understanding how dangerous broken garage door springs are, many homeowners try to fix them on their own. According to the National Electronic injury Surveillance System , there are about 2,000 people crushed by garage doors every year.
If you don’t want to be part of the statistic, you should leave your garage door repair to professionals. However, even if you’re not fixing your garage door, it won’t hurt if you know the basic mechanics of the system.
The garage door spring holds the entire weight of your garage door. Since it is the largest moving part of your home, your spring is holding more or less 300 lbs of weight that makes your garage door lighter. This enables you to easily lift your garage door in case of emergency and during a power outage.
Your spring also distributes evenly the weight throughout your garage door. This allows your door to have a more balanced movement whenever it is being used.
The two types of garage door springs, torsion and extension, look like any regular spring. Basically, they are long metal coils that lift the entire garage door. However, what’s different between the two is how they operate. Torsion springs twist while extension springs expand and compress.
You typically find the torsion springs wrapped around a bar above the door. Meanwhile, extension springs are secured by safety cables and they are on both sides of the upper track.
For some time, extension springs were the standard for most garage doors. However, these days, it’s more common to find torsion springs in newer garage doors. In most cases, if anyone’s getting work done on an older garage door, professionals recommend replacing extension springs with torsion springs.
Without springs, garage door openers are practically useless. Garage doors weigh hundreds of pounds and the springs are responsible for lifting them.
As extension springs expand and as torsion springs twist, they support the door’s weight by providing a reliable counterbalance. This mechanism controls how the door opens and closes. Without the springs, the opener wouldn’t have the power it needs to lift the door.
There are several reasons why garage door springs eventually break. Here are some of them:
Your garage door is probably the heaviest moving part of your home. It may look sturdy because of its size, but it’s definitely not unbreakable. Most of the time, you’ll only know that its springs are damaged when the door stops operating. So, what can you expect when garage door springs break?
Don’t attempt to fix your broken torsion spring on your own. Help is nearby. If you need a garage door spring repair or garage door spring replacement, call the expert technicians of JD Garage Door Service.
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