At anywhere from 150 to 250 pounds, opening a garage door by yourself – without the help of a spring – would be near impossible. And while these coils may help us open and close garage doors with ease, they can also be extremely dangerous when allowed to deteriorate. If broken, a spring loses its tension on the garage door and can cause a number of safety risks. Let Motor City Door fill you in on the importance of knowing what garage door springs are and exactly what kind of dangers broken garage door springs can lead to.

SEE: Preventative Garage Door Measures

Two Types of Garage Door Springs

When it comes to garage doors, there are two types of springs used to ensure proper operation: extension springs and torsion springs. It’s helpful to know a little about both of these springs because you never know when your garage door is going to break. Understanding what to look for when it does break can make a huge difference in the type of repairs needed.

Extension Springs

Extension springs are located above the upper tracks of a garage door and on both sides. They are made for specific garage door heights and built to support a specific amount of weight. This is important because if your spring is made to hold 80 pounds, adding any extra weight to your door may risk a broken spring and a potential injury.

Torsion Springs

Torsion springs are located above the door, running horizontally. These springs tend to be heavy and if exhausted, can break violently. They work by being twisted and exerting force in the opposite direction of the door. While these are great for garages, they should be monitored and checked monthly to ensure they are in proper working condition.

SEE ALSO: Broken Garage Door Cables: What To Know

Potential Dangers of Broken Garage Door Springs

One of the first things you should be aware of with your garage door is the lifespan of your spring. The average spring has a lifespan of about 10,000 cycles. A cycle is one opening and one closing. Once a month, make sure to take a look at everything on your garage door. How is it opening and closing? Are there any noises that seem unfamiliar? If so, you could have a spring that’s running out of life. Once a spring breaks, the door has no tension to keep it in place and could fall on you or another person, causing significant injury. It’s also advised that if your spring does break, call a professional. That’s where Motor City Door can help you!

Motor City Door Fixes Broken Garage Door Springs & More!

If you’ve experienced a broken garage door spring or something just doesn’t sound quite right when you open or close your garage door, don’t risk the injury by trying to fix it yourself. Instead, call Motor City Door and let the professionals handle it! With our experience, you’ll be getting in and out of your garage again in no time. For help, contact us at (586) 501-5874 or request a free quote, today!


Motor City Door
Motor City Door has everything from commercial to residential garage doors, dock levelers, and automatic openers.
Detroit, Michigan
Phone: (586) 501-5874

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