Garage door springs are responsible for lifting the weight of your garage door. Indeed, a very important job! They work to counterbalance the weight, which allows your garage door opener to work with ease. There is much tension behind garage door springs; the most tension is when the garage door is in a closed position. It is no surprise for garage door springs to become faulty or break, but do you know what can cause it? Here are some reasons to consider when it comes to a broken garage door spring:
- General Wear ‘N Tear
You most likely could have guessed that garage door springs most commonly break due to age and wear. An old garage door has a lot of use on it. The repetitive motion of opening and closing causes the springs to lose their strength over time. High-quality garage door springs should last at least 14 years, and can even last for as long as 20 years. Although it is not uncommon to hear of garage door springs that only last for 5-10 years.
Corrosion can lead to garage door spring failure. If you have ever experienced the effects of rust, this will come as no surprise that the coils are liable to deterioration. Corroded coils increase in friction when they wind, which results in a faulty garage door spring. Deterioration is usually due to excessive moisture and strong chemicals. If you perform regular maintenance like lubrication of the springs, corrosion could be prevented.
- Avoiding Maintenance
Regular maintenance can positively affect your garage door. Not to say that regular garage door maintenance can completely prevent garage door springs from breaking. All springs break eventually. Although like we mentioned, lubricating garage door springs can help prevent them from rusting. Checking all parts of your garage door is a great way to prevent issues from premature failure. To prolong the life of your garage door, be careful to not avoid the importance of maintenance.
If you suspect that your garage door springs are wearing out or on their last winding, contact us at A1 Affordable Garage Door Repair before it becomes a hazard or inconvenience. We can inspect all of your garage door components to ensure the condition is optimal and safe for your whole household.