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Springs play an integral role in the operation of your garage door. These sturdy components are responsible for lifting and lowering the massive weight of the door. A broken spring cannot function properly and will interfere with the door's ability to open and close. Homeowners who lack the necessary tools and experience should never attempt to replace a broken garage door spring. Because the springs are under extreme tension, one misstep could cause a severe injury. When a spring breaks, your best course of action is to call the experts at Garage Door Repair Arlington to schedule a service call. Popular Mechanics magazine reports that the average garage door opens and closes up to 1,500 times in one year. Most springs are capable of completing tens of thousands of cycles before replacement is necessary.

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Garage Door's Springs Types

Torsion springs and extension springs are the two most common types of garage door springs. Torsion springs, found on a majority of residential garage doors, wrap around a rod made of metal and anchored by a drum at either end. Some doors feature two springs while others operate with a single spring. The spring anchor bracket holds the spring in place above the door at the midpoint of the opening. The springs unwind or wind when the door opens and closes to apply torque to the rod, which is necessary to keep the system in balance.

Safety Above All

In most cases, a system that utilizes two springs provides a higher degree of safety. This is especially true if the door is open when one spring breaks. The second spring will keep the door from crashing to the ground and possibly causing property damage or personal injury.

Replacing The Springs

Most experts will recommend replacing both torsion springs even if only one breaks. This is because the new spring will have to work harder to compensate for the lack of optimal performance by the old spring. This throws the door off balance and interferes with smooth operation. Because technicians usually replace springs in pairs, when one breaks, the other is unlikely to last much longer. Replacing both springs at the same time will save you the hassle of scheduling a second service call. Extension springs mount on either side of the door or above the system's horizontal tracks. The springs expand or contract every time the door opens or closes and this pulls the cables responsible for counterbalancing the weight of the door. The end of the spring is secured to a pulley, pivot pin, frame or track tension adjusting bolt with a closed loop, an open loop or a clipped end.

Size Does Matter'

There is no one-size-fits-all spring for garage doors. They come in a range of lengths and have different size wires and inside diameters that must match the weight and size of the door. The system will not operate correctly with the wrong size spring. The repair specialists at Garage Door Repair Arlington know how to choose the right spring for any door. We offer a lifetime warranty translating to more than 30,000 cycles on all new springs. Contact Garage Door Repair Arlington for reliable and affordable spring replacement.

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