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How Long Does A Garage Door Torsion Spring Last?

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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.

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They sent Doug Fussell out to my house on the day after Christmas! I had only called them three days before! Doug was a premier technician, very thorough and very efficient. I expected him to take two days, since he was replacing two doors and adding openers on each door. He only took the daylight hours of one day! I could not believe how fast he was! In addition, he thoroughly taught me how to use the remote openers. I highly recommend them to anyone!
~Donald B.

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We just bought a home and this company was so understanding as I had to change the appointment time a few times. Then the tech came out and was so kind and helpful. I could not have asked for a better experience and will suggest them to anyone who needs work done on their garage door!
~Tammy K.

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My garage door broke on a Saturday night as I was getting ready to leave for a holiday party. Kelvin was here within 30 minutes. He reviewed everything with me that was happening with my door. He gave me the estimates of what was immediately needed to be done in order for my door to raise and then what I will need to have done very soon. I could see all the problems he pointed out to me and I decided to have everything done. He completed everything that night. I was very satisfied with Kelvin’s professionalism and the work he did. Thank you again.
~Joyce N

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