If you have the wrong size spring or springs on your garage door, it can cause both performance and safety issues. The wrong size garage door spring, in the case of this video, a spring that is too small, can damage your opener as well.
You’ll see that the solution to this issue is replacing the spring to a proper size for the door. A proper fitting spring makes for a balanced, and safe, garage door. In the first part of the video, below, you’ll see a garage door with springs that are too small. The second door has springs that are too big. You can really get a nice visual of how the door is working before and after the spring replacement. When the springs are too small, the door is too heavy which can result in damage to your door and your garage door opener system. When your springs are too big, it means the springs are too strong for the door, and causes excessive force.
There are 2 types of garage door springs: extension springs and torsion springs. Extension springs, well, extend as your garage door moves which helps to balance the door. Torsion springs turn as the door opens and closes. Springs generally last for about 10-14 years, which is roughly 15-20 thousand cycles. One cycle is when the door opens and closes once. We recommend replacing all of your springs, even if only one breaks. This is ultimately more cost effective in the long run and ensures the safety of your doors long term.
If your garage door is on a one spring system, we recommend upgrading to a 2 spring system. It is cheaper in the long run and increases the safety of your doors. You can also choose to upgrade to high cycle springs, which increases the amount of cycles your door can do before needing to be replaced.