Why You Should Replace Garage Door Springs Before Winter

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Winter is approaching, and just like other household preparations, your garage door needs attention too. One essential component of your garage door that should be at the top of your checklist is the torsion spring. The integrity and functionality of your garage door heavily rely on these springs, and winter can be particularly hard on them. Here’s why you should consider checking and possibly replacing your garage door springs before winter strikes.

Understanding the Lifecycle of Garage Door Springs

Whenever we at Garage Door Guy are asked, “How long does a garage door spring last?”, our response is rooted in understanding the lifecycle of these vital components. A torsion spring’s longevity is measured in cycles, with one cycle equating to your garage door being opened and then closed. The industry standard for many garage doors is a 15,000-cycle spring. Given that the average household will open and close their garage approximately 1,460 times in a year, a standard spring should, theoretically, last just over 10 years.

However, theory and practice can sometimes diverge. In our experience, based on the climatic conditions and actual usage patterns in our region, torsion springs tend to have a lifespan ranging from 8 to 13 years. This means that even if your springs are just approaching the 8-year mark, it’s a good idea to give them a thorough check.

One way to stay on top of routine checks is to join our Garage Door Guy Membership Plan, which includes discounts on yearly service and tune-ups and discounts on parts and materials.

Why Winter Can Be Tough On Your Springs

Cold temperatures can be a real challenge for metal components. The metal contracts and becomes more brittle in cold conditions, increasing the risk of springs snapping. A snapped spring in the heart of winter is not only inconvenient but can also be a security concern.

Furthermore, imagine the frustration of dealing with a broken garage door when it’s freezing outside, and you’re either trying to get your vehicle out for work or get it safely stored away for the night. The winter is already demanding with its challenges; don’t add a malfunctioning garage door to the list.

Checking Your Springs

To check on your springs:

  • Visual Inspection: Look for signs of wear, rust, or any gaps in the spring. Any visible damage or irregularities should be a cause for concern.
  • Balance Test: Disconnect the automatic opener and lift the door halfway. If it doesn’t stay in place, it might be an indication that the springs are wearing out.
  • Listen for Noise: When operating the door, listen for any irregular noises or grinding sounds. This might be a sign of springs that are nearing their end.

If you’re looking for a visual guide on checking your Garage Door Springs, check out our Garage Door Springs video tutorial from our owner, Derek, on YouTube.

The Dangers of DIY Spring Replacement

It’s essential to understand that while some household tasks can be DIY, replacing garage door springs isn’t one of them. These springs are under tremendous tension, and a mishap can result in serious injury. The risks associated with attempting to fix or replace them yourself far outweigh the potential savings.

At Garage Door Guy, we’ve encountered situations where homeowners have tried to replace springs on their own, resulting in damage to their property or, even worse, personal injury. This task requires specialized tools, knowledge, and experience.

Call Garage Door Guy to Check and Replace Garage Door Springs

Your safety and the proper functionality of your garage are paramount. As winter approaches, make sure that your garage door springs are in top condition. Don’t wait for a malfunction at the most inconvenient time. If you’re unsure about the status of your springs or know they need replacement, it’s time to call in the experts.

Call Garage Door Guy today or book online, and let our professionals handle your spring concerns with expertise and care. Your peace of mind is worth it.

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