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What are Torsion Springs?

Torsion springs are an important component of garage doors, particularly in facilitating their opening and closing. These springs are tightly wound coils of steel wire, typically mounted on a steel shaft above the garage door. The primary function of torsion springs is to store mechanical energy when twisted during the door’s closure. This stored energy is then released to assist in lifting the heavy garage door when it is opened.

The operation of a torsion spring garage door system involves several key elements. When you activate your garage door opener, it signals the operator, which in turn activates the motor. However, the motor doesn’t do the bulk of the lifting; instead, it’s the torsion spring that plays a crucial role. The torsion spring is wound tightly when the door is closed, storing energy. As the door opens, the spring unwinds, releasing energy and helping to push the door upwards. Conversely, when the door is closed, gravity assists in bringing the door down, and the chain tensioner recoils the spring, preparing it for the next operation.

Over time with regular use, torsion springs can face wear and tear. They typically have a life cycle ranging from 5,000 to 30,000 cycles, with each cycle representing a complete opening and closing of the garage door. This means that with daily use, torsion springs can last anywhere from 2 to 20 years on average. Factors like friction, misalignment, corrosion, worn rollers, bent tracks, and bent door sections can accelerate wear and reduce the lifespan of these springs.

How to Maintain and Handle Torsion Springs

Maintaining and safely handling torsion springs in garage doors is crucial for ensuring the longevity of the springs and the safety of those operating the door. Here are some tips and practices for effective maintenance:

Regular Maintenance Tips for Torsion Springs:

  • Lubrication: Regular lubrication of the torsion springs is essential. Apply a small amount of lubricant to all moving parts including bearings, tracks, wheel, and shaft rollers. Be cautious not to get lubricant on the winding bracket of the torsion spring to prevent it from unwinding.
  • Visual Inspection: Regularly inspect the torsion springs for any signs of wear, damage, or rust. Look for broken springs, ensuring they are securely fastened to the center bearing bracket and that the bracket itself is securely attached to the wall.
  • Check for Smooth Operation: Inspect the torsion shaft and ensure it rotates smoothly. If there is any buildup or if the shaft does not rotate smoothly, it might need to be lubricated or cleaned by a professional.
  • Center Mounting Bracket Inspection: Ensure the center mounting bracket is secure and that the torsion shaft rotates cleanly within it. If there’s a buildup on the shaft, smooth it out with a file.

Signs of Wear and Tear to Watch Out For:

  • Strange Noises: If you start hearing unusual sounds like popping from the torsion springs when opening the door, it could indicate a need for lubrication or a sign of potential issues.
  • Difficulty in Operating the Door: If the garage door doesn’t open smoothly or stops midway, this could be a sign of wear or damage to the torsion springs.
  • Visible Damage: Look for any visible signs of damage such as rust or wear on the springs, as well as any loose components.
  • Imbalance in Door Operation: If the garage door seems imbalanced or if it opens and closes too fast or too slowly, it might indicate a problem with the torsion springs.

It’s important to remember that due to the high tension involved in torsion springs, it’s safer to seek professional help for any repairs or adjustments rather than attempting DIY fixes. Professional assistance from companies like Closing Time Garage Doors is recommended for any adjustments or replacements. Regular maintenance can extend the lifespan of your garage door and its components, but safety should always be the top priority​.

How Closing Time Garage Doors Can Assist With Torsion Springs

Understanding and maintaining torsion springs in your garage door is crucial for safety and longevity, but it can be complex and risky to handle them on your own. This is where Closing Time Garage Doors steps in. Our team of experienced professionals is adept at handling all your torsion spring needs, from regular maintenance to repair and replacement.

Need Expert Help with Your Garage Door Torsion Springs?

At Closing Time Garage Doors, we recognize the importance of a fully functional and safe garage door. Our experts are trained to handle torsion springs with the utmost care and precision, ensuring your garage door operates smoothly and safely. Whether you’re facing issues with strange noises, difficulty in operating the door, or visible wear and tear, our team is equipped to provide the necessary solutions.

Don’t let the complexities of torsion springs put your safety at risk. Trust the professionals at Closing Time Garage Doors for reliable and efficient service. Reach out to us today for more information and to schedule a consultation for garage door service. Let us help you ensure your garage door is in optimal condition, providing peace of mind and security for your home.