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Broken Spring? Are the springs on my garage door dangerous? What is the purpose of my garage door spring?

Garage doors are heavy and require a counterbalance.

Torsion springs are the most common type of spring on the garage door. They are wound up when the door is closed and unwind when the door opens. The power of the spring is transferred thru the shaft, then to the cable drums at either end. Cables transfer that power from the drums to the bottom brackets attached to the bottom section.

One time up and down of the garage door is considered one cycle. Industry standard is 10,000 cycles. Attached garages tend to wear out springs faster than detached (back alley) garages because homeowners tend to use them more like a front door.

Replacing springs are not DIY projects. Replacing springs are dangerous and is not to be attempted by homeowners.

How much are your fingers worth?

Not all garage door manufacturers use standard torsion spring systems. Wayne Dalton (Creative Door) uses a contained spring system within a tube. The spring is very small and uses plastic ends, plastic cable drums and a plastic winding system. If this system breaks, you cannot see it but your door will not operate. Our solution is to install a torsion conversion kit.

Each door has a specific spring based on height and weight of the garage door. Bigger springs are not always the answer. 

This is an example of the Wayne Dalton system.

My door is crooked and the rollers have fallen out!

Your door has cables on either side of the door. The purpose is to transfer the power from the springs to the bottom of the door. Also, the length of the cables determine how level the door is.

Most manufacturers use a pin style bottom bracket that the loop end of the cable attaches to. This is the main point of failure from rust as it is very close to floor height.

Cable life can be extended by lubricating at this point to keep water away. Oil or WD40 at this point will help keep water away.

We use 3/32 galvanized 7/7 cable.

This is not a DIY cable change as the torque of the springs and weight of the door are on these cables.

How much are your fingers worth to you?

I was told my tracks are worn out!

Tracks typically do not wear out. They may rust and need to be replaced. They may be squashed from being hit with your vehicle and need to be replaced.

My door sounds like a train on the tracks!

Rollers typically last for 20 years. When your door goes clack, clack and gets worse when you apply lubrication, your rollers need to be replaced.

This is not a DIY project, I assume that you still like your fingers?

Broken hinges can be replaced by the handy homeowner. BEWARE – Do not touch the bottom bracket that the cables attach to.

At D.K. Restorations Ltd., we consider your garage door to be the largest and heaviest appliance in your house.

Would you walk under your deep freeze if it was hanging from your ceiling?

Acute attention to hanging and track alignment are often overlooked by others – Not us.

Safety is priority.
Security is priority.
Aesthetics comes after.

At D.K. Restorations Ltd we will provide you with the best door and opener for your budget, appearance and functionality.