The heavy-duty springs on either side of your garage door are called torsion springs. They do a lot of the heavy lifting—literally. Torsion springs can lift up to 800 pounds, making them a powerful workhorse. They’re also dangerous or even fatal when they break.
If you want to ensure your family’s safety around your garage door, you should understand what your garage door’s torsion springs do and how to monitor them for wear and tear. Here’s what you need to know.
Your torsion springs are either mounted above the garage door or on either side. The spring is mounted to a spring anchor bracket and an axle. When the door is closed, the spring is compacted into its “torqued up” position, and when it’s open, it’s in a natural state. The spring’s force is used to lift the door and operate the garage door light.
Torsion springs come in multiple sizes. It’s important that you get the right size for your garage door, or else the door will not open and balance properly. If you have too much torsion, your garage door may not close. If there’s too little, you won’t be able to open the door. While the motor helps raise and lower the door, the springs do most of the work.
Every torsion spring has a finite lifespan. Most can raise and lower a garage door anywhere from 5,000 to 30,000 times—in other words, they’re good for anywhere from five to 40 years of daily use. The most common reason these springs break is from strain. Over time, as the spring is compacted…