When it comes to garage door parts and the age of your garage, the torsion spring is probably the first item to look at. New garage door torsion springs are made to cycle anywhere between 10,000 to 15,000 times in a lifetime. Garage door springs break because every time the door opens and closes, the spring wire bends a little. The average lifetime of these springs is about 5 years.
You can extend the life of the torsion springs by using larger springs; in some cases, you could pay double the price for large springs, but they could last 4 times as long! You will also avoid extra work and money spent down the road. It’s always recommended to replace both springs if your garage has two. These tend to wear at the same time. Think of the springs like you do your car tires…only we aren’t rotating them. The springs wear out the same way as tires but you can’t tell just by looking at them that they might be about to break.
If your garage door springs are just squeaking or making a lot of noise, you can simply apply some garage door lubricant to see if that helps. If it doesn’t, those springs are probably near the end of their life. While there are plenty of places out there to purchase your own torsion springs for the garage door and do it yourself, we don’t recommend that. The springs are under a lot of tension since they are tightly wound and can be very dangerous if they break and you are around.
We can help you if you think your springs are almost done with their life or if you can’t open your garage door because the springs have sprung!