The spring on a garage door is a crucial part of the system. If it wears out or breaks, it can cause damage to the door or cause harm to you and your family. The team here at Neighborhood Garage Door recommends you replace your springs at the first sign of wearing out.
How Long Does a Garage Door Spring Last?
Most standard springs are designed to last about 10,000 garage door cycles. A cycle is when the door opens and closes all the way. Higher quality springs are designed to last 25,000 cycles and others 50,000 cycles.
A typical household opens and closes their door 4 times a day. That means a standard spring will last about 7 years. Higher end springs can last upwards of 14-20 years. This depends a lot on the number of cycles your door goes through each day.
What Causes a Spring to Break Sooner?
There are several things that can cause a spring to break sooner than the normal life expectancy. These things include:
- Higher than usual use- the more often you use the door, the faster it will wear out.
- Weather- extreme cold can cause the steel to contract and makes it brittle. If you live in an area with low temps, you will likely need to replace more often.
- Moisture- high moisture areas cause the metal to rust which leads to breaking.
These are some of the reasons your spring may not last as long as normal. To avoid high repair costs, you should consider putting into place routine maintenance.
Ways to Extend The Life of Your Springs
In order to keep your springs from wearing out too soon, you can try some of these maintenance tips.
- Apply a silicone-based lubricant- avoid using WD-40 because it can collect dust and grime easily.
- Use your door less- be conscious of the number of times you are using your door each day. Don’t use it as the main entrance or exit from your home.
- Regulate the temps in your garage- since extreme cold is an issue, consider insulating your garage and regulating the temps with a heat source.
- Run a dehumidifier- if you are in a high humidity area, then run a dehumidifier in the garage. Hook a hose up to it and run it to a drain so that it doesn’t get filled.
When you take these things into consideration, it can keep you from wearing out your springs as fast.
Call Us For New Garage Door Springs
If your springs are worn out or broken, call the team at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair. One of our friendly technicians will come out and make the repair for you right away. Do not attempt to repair your own spring, because it can cause fatal harm to you.
Get in touch with us now so we can help you.