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what are garage door springs?
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. Extension springs are long, skinny springs that run alongside the horizontal (overhead) portion of each door track. Torsion springs are mounted to a metal rod above the door opening. Both types use cables to lift the door.
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.
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 because it lasts much longer.
why does it happen?
Rust-For some reason, rust can develop on the springs. When this happens, their lifespan will dramatically be reduced. While the coils move back and forth, rust can increase the amount of friction on the parts. What’s more, corrosion on the spring can weaken the coils and eventually cause them to snap sooner than they’re supposed to.
A garage door that has not been regularly maintained.
A garage door torsion spring that has not been torqued to the right tension.
The wrong spring was used during the original installation.
Daily Wear and Tear.
Garage Door Springs are designed to last a certain amount of cycles.. The common lifespan of most springs is about 10,000 cycles. One cycle is equivalent to the garage door going up and coming back down to close.
what happens when garage door springs brake?
The Door Will Be Crooked.
There Will Be Loose Cables.
You’ll See a Gap in the Spring
what you should do if your garage door spring breaks?
In some cases, if the garage door springs breaks the garage door is already down. However, in some situations the garage door springs may brake while the door is in an up position or while in motion. For your safety ,it is wise if you do not try to operate your door under these dangerous conditions. A garage door is extremely heavy and can cause Damage, or injury.
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.
Call the expert professionals at Neighborhood Garage Door Of Rockville to assist you.
Tips for Expert Garage Door Maintenance
Look and Listen- Is the garage door moving smoothly or is it jerky? Is it operating silently, or does it make a lot of noise? Make sure to call your local garage door professionals to inspect and solve any underlying issues.
Clean the door truck-clean out dirt, leaves, spiderwebs and other debris from around the tracks. Lastly, use a flashlight to inspect for any cracks in the metal parts of your tracks. If they’re in bad shape, it’s time to replace them.
Lubricate Moving Parts- Keeping your garage door parts greased up can add years of seamless operation to your system. Use a spray-on silicone lubricant on your garage door's springs, rollers, tracks, bushings and hinges. If your door still isn't gliding smoothly, leave it to 1our professionals and you'll be in good hands.
Tighten loose nuts and bolts - Opening and closing your garage door three times a day results in more than 1,000 cycles by the end of the year. All this movement and vibrations will eventually loosen the screws holding bolts and roller brackets will eventually need tightening.
our maintenance TREATMENT INCLUDES
Inspection of all rollers, bearings, cables, chains, tracks, endlocks, bottom bars, and alignment
Lubrication of all shaft bearings, rollers, hinges, chain hoists, and disconnects
Tightening of all hinges, drums, couplings, track brackets, and hangars
Inspection of garage door operator, safety equipment, and high-speed door controls
Adjustment of clutch, brake, and limit assemblies.
We highly recommend to do a maintenance care every few months in order to preserve the system in a good condition.
maintenance & safety checks
Why do garage door openers fail?
If the door is not balanced, it will exert an inordinate amount of stress on the opener and will cause your opener to fail over and over again. A common cause of an unbalanced garage door is having the wrong size springs on the door or impaired springs tension .
what you should do if your garage door opener fail?
Your garage door opener plays a crucial role in controlling the mechanism of the door. The opener, a motorized device, controls the opening and closing of a garage door, thereby eliminating manual contact. Choosing a top garage door opener brand is vital to your garage door system In the case your garage door opener malfunctions, our dedicated service crew will be there fast to get your garage door operator back in working condition. We offer repairs on all makes and models of garage door openers, including Genie, Liftmaster, Chamberlain, Craftsman and more.
We take our service very seriously and work around to the clock to efficiently meet our customers garage door opener repair needs. Whether your garage door opener is not receiving a signal from your transmitter, a gear has gone bad, there is an issue with the safety photo eyes, or there is an interference with the frequency, Neighborhood Garage Doors Repair will send one of our highly trained and skilled technicians to your home or business quickly to inspect the problem and resolve the situation. We have complete confidence in our products and services and offer warranty to ensure customer satisfaction.
GARAGE DOORS OPENERs
Whether your current garage door was damaged beyond repair, or you’ve just decided it’s time to upgrade, we are proud to offer you our full garage door installation services in Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland.
Our garage door installation experts handle every step of the process, from purchase to installation; we have an excellent selection of garage doors for sale, and we ensure that your door is installed with the utmost integrity and professionalism .From beginning to end we provide you with a long-lasting quality that includes impeccable repairs and garage door installations with a high caliber grade that you can always rely on.
We’ll also help you choose the perfect style of door for your specific situation. Not every garage is the same, and we recognize that our customers have unique tastes and needs. Our garage door stock includes wooden, metal, glass, vinyl, and custom styles. Firstly we will always try our very best to give you a ballpark figure. We understand the frustration of being told an installation is a certain price and then the final price being above and beyond.
GARAGE DOORs INSTALLATIONs
Garage door cables are an important part of your garage door system. Typically, they attach to the bottom section of the garage door to the drums located just above the door on either side. The cables help hold the weight of the door while the springs assist in lifting and lowering the garage door. When a cable snaps or breaks, the door may become inoperable and should not be used. Continuing to use the door with a broken cable can cause additional damage to your entire garage door system.
In some cases, the cables may not break, but instead come off of the drum or bottom section.In this case, we still advise our customers to not use the door until the cables have been reattached to the door properly by a trained professional to avoid further damage. This is a common issue when your garage door spring breaks. When a spring breaks, tension is lost in the cables and they could come off of the drum.
The team of professionals at Neighborhood Garage Doors Repair can help you with all of your garage door panel or section replacement needs.
Over time, your garage door sections will take on normal wear and tear. If the sections begin to crack, bend or warp, this may lead to bigger issues which can cause your entire garage door system to fail. We recommend addressing damaged sections and panels immediately to prevent any further damage.
Our garage door repair technicians are experienced with all makes and models of garage doors. We will work with you to find the perfect match to your existing door when replacing a section or panel.