What is a Garage Door Torsion Spring?
A Torsion Spring is located at the top of your garage door and is normally Black. The Torsion Springs play a vital role every time the garage door is opened. Here is an explanation of how they work and what to do if you need to repair them.
First, How do Torsion Springs Work?
The Torsion spring works by a twisting motion, which stores mechanical energy and are made of dense metal. It stores energy and that energy is used to help pull up the garage door when you open it.
What do they Do?
The Torsion springs are installed horizontally about the garage door opening, from the inside.
The Torsion Spring Pulls the door down, there are cables attached in the corner of the track. Pulling the door open, it then will wind the spring, causing it to energize, which then transfers the energy to the door and thus making it easier to lift the garage door open, with ease.
What is the Life cycle of a Torsion Spring for a Garage Door?
When you open and close the garage door, the steel in the Torsion spring will weaken over time and the door will become too heavy.
Eventually the Torsion spring is going to break.
Normally the spring breaks in the closed position, leaving your car stuck in the garage.
Keep in mind, living in Pensacola, Florida, the Torsion spring will be affected by the salt in our air and it will corrode and rust much faster than if you lived elsewhere.
Just like people that live on Pensacola Beach, you will see their light fixtures become pitted and corrode in as little as a years’ time. For most homeowners in the Pensacola area, the Torsion Springs will last around 5 years, but keep in mind, if you open your garage door 6 times a day, the spring is going to break sooner.
A Torsion Spring comes with Dangers and Certain Risks-
When your Torsion Spring breaks and you decide to try and repair it yourself, most people forget the amount of pressure the spring, even broke is under.
Then by not having the proper tools, a complete understanding of how they work, you can snap your hand off, or even worse, death.
Most people do realize the spring is dangerous, but become impatient when their car is trapped inside of the garage and they need to get to work.
Advice to Repair your Garage Door Torsion Spring.
Overhead Door & Operator recommends not attempting to fix the Torsion Spring yourself, because of the Dangers it can pose.
We recommend calling a professional to do the job right and most importantly, do it safely. Overhead Door & Operator’s Service calls are $49.95.
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We also offer a Military discount every day.
We are located in Pensacola, Florida and we also have locations in Gulf Breeze, Destin and Niceville, Florida.
We offer rapid response to garage door repairs and our crew will show up quickly and in company uniforms.
If you need your garage door repaired, please contact Overhead Door & Operator.