We think it’s safe to assume you’ve made your way to this garage door spring repair resource because your garage door spring appears to be broken. The short and sweet solution to this issue is to give the Buffalo garage door repair experts a call. We are typically available for same-day-service because we understand there are few things that are more frustrating for your daily routine than a broken garage door. With any repair or installation, we will take the service fee off your bill. Plus, we are capable of diagnosing and repairing any kind of garage door issue on practically any kind of garage door — custom-made or traditional. 

If, however, you are interested in a longer-winded explanation of garage door springs, how they break, and what you can do to diagnose the situation on your own, keep reading!

Garage Door Springs 101

Generally speaking, garage door springs help to offset the weight of a garage door. This lets the garage door open and close more easily, whether it’s by hand or through the use of an automatic garage door opener. Because garage door springs take on so much weight, they have a limited lifespan as the springs lose their capacity to fulfill their function over time. Typically, garage door springs have high-tension steel in the springs, but even the highest quality of spring will lose its effectiveness as the years go by. 

Garage door springs have numerical ratings that inform you of their quality; you’ll see springs labeled as “10,000 use” or “30,000 use” springs, which notes how many opens and closes the spring has been made to last for. While you might think that you’ll never use your garage door 10,000 times while you are living in your home, think about the fact that most people use their garage door more than four times a day. For example, if you use your garage door six times a day, every day, it will take you less than six years for your springs to have been used 10,000 times! 

Torsion Vs. Extension

In Buffalo, western New York, and elsewhere in North America, the two most common types of residential garage door springs are extension and torsion. Extension springs are light-weight, elongated springs which extend perpendicularly to the garage door. 

Housed just above the horizontal elements of the tracks, extension springs “stretch out” between two brackets using pulleys and cables and always have a safety cable running through the spring. Because springs under tension represent a significant safety hazard, the safety cable contains the spring if and when a breakage happens. 

You should give us a call immediately if your current extension springs don’t have safety cables — even if your springs are working well at the moment. It’s a bit of a ticking time bomb situation. 

Conversely, torsion garage door springs are of the heavy-duty variety; they are mounted onto a  metal rod which runs parallel along the garage door, just above where it closes. When the door closes, cables connected to the bottom corners of the door will trigger the metal rods on which the springs are mounted with a pulley system. These pulleys effectively twist the spring to create tension. This tension is released when the door is opened, as the springs will unwind to lift the door up.  

Signs Your Springs Need Repairing

Older, failing springs make the garage door significantly heavier to lift up, so one of the main signs that your springs might need repairing or replacing is that it seems to take much more effort to get your garage door raised. New springs translate to taking around 10 pounds of force to lift up the average garage door, in contrast. You’ll notice your garage door opener begin to audibly strain as the garage door gets heavier and heavier. 

When springs break, it’s usually sudden and can be quite the safety hazard. Door springs can break without notice; the sound it makes is similar to a gunshot because springs break when they are fully loaded with tension. You likely won’t be able to lift the garage door up without putting your back into it — so it’s very important to get your garage door spring inspected, repaired, or replaced before your door is too heavy to open manually. 

Don’t Try It At Home

As you can tell, this is not a situation you want to “DIY” repair. Disconnecting the opener from the door is extremely dangerous because it will cause the door to come crashing down with nothing to stop it. What’s more, attempting to repair the springs yourself is far from a good idea not only because the door will be very heavy, but repairing a garage door involves a complicated series of steps that must be completed in the right order. 

Long story short, just leave it to the garage door repair professionals of Buffalo. 

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We offer a comprehensive range of garage door repair and installation services, from premium roller installations to garage door lubrication and more. We are a successful garage door company because we are serious about customer service and satisfaction. If we aren’t able to repair your garage door for any reason (unlikely), you won’t be charged a dime. With lifetime warranties on all door and opener repairs, you’ve got nothing to lose besides those old springs! Get yours repaired or replaced with 716 Garage Door Repair Services Inc. Get your quote today!

FAQs

How Much Does Fixing A Broken Garage Door Spring Cost?

If the only thing wrong with your broken garage door system is that a spring has broken, you might be in luck. Typically, replacing a garage door spring costs between $100 and $350, depending on the system itself along with installation time. Garage door repair is much more affordable than replacing your entire garage door system in most every case.

Can You Still Use A Garage Door If It Has A Broken Spring?

No, you should not be opening or closing your garage door with an automatic operator if it has a broken spring. Some openers can still lift the door, but doing so risks damaging the operator and the door itself.

Is It Dangerous To Replace A Garage Door Spring Myself?

Yes, it can be extremely dangerous to attempt to repair or replace a garage door spring if you are inexperienced. A garage door with a broken spring can fall quickly, without warning, and cause severe injury or even death. The most common injuries come from homeowners who decide to “DIY” the garage door spring repair themselves in an attempt to save money. This can result in damage to your property or worse, so be sure to call in a professional garage door repair expert — in Buffalo or elsewhere.

How Long Does It Take To Replace A Broken Garage Door Spring?

Having experience and training matters greatly here. For professionals, it usually takes between 30 minutes and an hour to get the job done. However, this timeframe is subject to change based on the type of system. It will likely take an inexperienced homeowner much longer to do the job. However, this is not the primary reason homeowners should leave the job to the professionals; “DIY” repair attempts often lead to injury, property damage, or even death in some cases.