Learn Why Balancing Your Garage Door is So Important and Why Both Springs Should Be Replaced if Necessary
If you need to replace a garage door spring, do you need to replace both or can you just replace one? This is actually an easy question to answer: You should always replace both. Keep reading to learn why this is true and then contact Dynamic Garage Door at 855-343-3667 if you require garage door repair.
The Two-Spring Garage
It can be tempting to try and save money and labor by just replacing one of the springs, but there is a reason there are two springs. There is one located on either side of your garage door, and they work by exerting the force that makes the door light enough that the garage door opener can lift it. If there is one broken spring, the garage door will be unbalanced and that can cause serious issues.
The Importance of a Balanced Garage Door
When a garage door is balanced, both sides rise up and down at the same time. When one of the springs is broken, the two sides will come up and down at different speeds. The first sign that this is an issue will be the noise of the garage door. Other issues including the remaining spring wearing down much faster as it is dealing with a heavier load, and the spring not working at all.
Signs it is Time to Replace the Springs on Your Garage Door
On average, a garage door spring will work for about 10,000 cycles of opening and closing. If you use your garage an average amount, that means your springs should last for between seven and nine months. However, if you use your garage much more often than the typical person does, they could become worn down within five or even four years. Sings that it is time to call for repair include gaps in the coils of your springs.
There Are Dangers Present When a Garage Door is Not Balanced
If one spring breaks and is left to operate on its own, the door could close suddenly, the loose spring could crack and/or fall out of the brackets, the door might become unpredictable, opening and closing fast and then slow and then fast again, which would put you at risk, or it could cause warping on the tracks, which could require you to have the entire thing replaced.
If you believe it is time to have one or both springs replaced, or you are looking for a new garage door, contact Dynamic Garage Door at 855-343-3667 to learn more.