Broken garage door springs can not only be a hassle, they can be downright dangerous! A metal garage door can weigh a ton. So how does one fix it if they can't lift it? When it comes to dealing with broken garage door springs, safety is essential. Keep reading to learn more important information about your garage door springs.
What is a torsion spring?
The official definition is a torsion spring is a spring that is twisted, causing tension in the coil. When this spring is coiled, it exerts force, usually called “torque.” This is proportional to the twist, which is the angle. There are two types of torsion springs.
- mainspring (clock spring)
- helical torsion spring
The mainspring or "clock spring" is used in the construction of attic stairs or clutches. The helical torsion spring is used in much larger types of constructions such as garage door openers and other mechanical objects requiring a heavy coiled spring system.
What causes a garage door spring to break?
Typically, everyday wear and tear is the main contributing factor of spring breakage. But there can be other, more serious problems that can cause damage and eventual failure of garage door springs.
1. Rust. This beast is hiding in the shadows of every garage, everywhere! And the damage it can cause to your garage door spring can be downright awful! But, thanks to science, there are ways of preventing this monster from rearing its ugly head. One great preventative measure is keeping the spring in the door well lubricated. A coating of any type of lubrication can help extend the life of the spring.
2. A long spring instead of two smaller ones. This is something that the installer and the homeowner should definitely consider before any installation.
What should be done first when the spring has broken?
First thing is first: contact us at Roadrunner Garage Doors so that one of our experienced technicians can help. It is an extremely dangerous situation for a person who is not trained to engage any torsion spring that has broken down.
Keep everyone clear of the area until a member of our team can assess the issue. This will guarantee that the installation is correct and safe and that no one can be hurt.