Springs have a major role to play when you open and close your garage door. It is important that you understand how they function, their effect on the life of your door and what you need to do if they need to be repaired.
This resilient device stores energy when it is twisted. They have the ability to store more energy compared to conventional springs. This type of spring is mounted just above the opening of the garage door unlike extension springs, which are usually mounted at the sides of or above the garage door tracks.
When you close your garage door, the cables that are connected to the bottom corners of the door cause the springs to wind up. And, when you open the door, the springs unwind, transferring the stored mechanical energy to the door. This transference of energy allows the door to rise.
The constant opening and closing causes the steel in torsion coil springs to weaken. As a result, they do not work as efficiently in lifting open the door. Ultimately, the steel becomes so weak that the springs break. At this point, you will be unable to open the door and will need to call a professional to replace them.
They can also get rusty or damaged due to cold weather. Although, they can last anywhere from five to seven years, the bottom line is, these garage door springs, though long-lasting, eventually have to be replaced.
Always get a professional to replace the springs as the task requires utmost care and precision along with the right tools.
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