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Why Garage Door Springs Break and When to Change Them

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  • 19 Jul 2016
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Neighborhood Garage Door Service of Oklahoma City, OK has the best industry knowledge when it comes to garage door repairs, maintenance and installations.  Our team is customer service oriented and enjoys to serve the Oklahoma City resident’s garage needs.

We make it part of our mission to educate our customers on how to best care for their garage doors.  While we love to service the homes of Oklahoma City, we want you to have a fully functioning door to eliminate frustrations and safety concerns for your family.  Bottom line, some things can be down on your own at home.

torsion springGarage springs are one maintenance need that we hear about fairly often.  The rule of thumb is that springs will last about 10,000 cycles.  To explain, a cycle consists of the door being opened and closed.

Some families are in and out of their garages numerous times per day.  While some people leave in the morning and then come home at night which is only 2 cycles for that 24-hour period.  If you are a busy home, then you could possibly hit the 10,000 mark within a year.

In order to help you preserve the life of your garage door springs, our company likes to explain why they can break and how to know when they are in rough shape.

Reasons springs can break include:

  •        Heavy use of the garage door
  •        Rust buildup
  •        Lack of lubrication

Tips to prolong the life of your springs include:

Eliminate rust buildup whenever possible. If rust causes garage springs to fail, you may need to have your door looked at by a professional technician.  In order to avoid having to do this as often, spray the spring coil with WD-40 so that the springs stay lubricated.  Preventative maintenance goes a long way in the life of garage door springs.

Check the garage door balance.

emergency pull cord Another helpful maintenance tip is to double check the balance of your garage door.  You can do this by pulling the emergency cord and then opening the door manually.  Try to raise and lower your garage door several times and listen for any noise.

If you hear a squeaking sound, then your springs need to be lubricated.  After you pull the door to the ground, raise it up a bit and let it loose.  Springs that are in good shape will not allow gravity to pull the door to the floor.

If your garage door stayed in place and didn’t fall very far, then your springs are in good working order.  You only need help from a technician if the springs have gone bad.

If your family heavily uses the garage door, then consider extended life torsion springs.  They will cost you twice as much but you’ll be able to use them four times as long.  The benefit will be that you won’t have to replace them as often.

Neighborhood Garage Door Service of Oklahoma City, OK is available to assist you with any of your garage door needs.  We are ready to take your call to answer any questions about your springs or other garage door related issues.  Keep us in mind if you should ever have a garage door service need.

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They sent Doug Fussell out to my house on the day after Christmas! I had only called them three days before! Doug was a premier technician, very thorough and very efficient. I expected him to take two days, since he was replacing two doors and adding openers on each door. He only took the daylight hours of one day! I could not believe how fast he was! In addition, he thoroughly taught me how to use the remote openers. I highly recommend them to anyone!
~Donald B.

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We just bought a home and this company was so understanding as I had to change the appointment time a few times. Then the tech came out and was so kind and helpful. I could not have asked for a better experience and will suggest them to anyone who needs work done on their garage door!
~Tammy K.

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My garage door broke on a Saturday night as I was getting ready to leave for a holiday party. Kelvin was here within 30 minutes. He reviewed everything with me that was happening with my door. He gave me the estimates of what was immediately needed to be done in order for my door to raise and then what I will need to have done very soon. I could see all the problems he pointed out to me and I decided to have everything done. He completed everything that night. I was very satisfied with Kelvin’s professionalism and the work he did. Thank you again.
~Joyce N

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