More than half of all garage door issues we encounter involve the springs.If you have a broken garage door spring you may not be able to open the garage door at all. The springs support the entire weight of the garage door, all the time. So doing that heavy lifting year in and year out may cause your springs to break, of fatigue over time. There are many different types of springs. Every garage door is different, so we weigh and measure EVERY door to ensure a long lasting, high life cycle set of springs.
This is the single most important step to determine the proper size spring for your garage door. We use the weight of the garage door to figure IPPT (Inch per Pound Turn), the IPPT is then used to determine the proper size spring(s) to use for your garage door.
Other symptoms of a broken spring can be the opener will open the door a few inches and then the door closes again, you may see the cables hanging loose from one or both sides of the garage door and the most obvious is you look up at the springs and see a 2 inch gap, its a broken spring.This is the single most important step to determine the proper size spring for your garage door. We use the weight of the garage door to figure IPPT (Inch per Pound Turn), the IPPT is then used to determine the proper size spring(s) to use for your garage door.
We only install torsion spring systems as they are much safer and more reliable than the older extension spring systems. We also recommend converting Torquemaster/Wayne Dalton systems to standard torsion springs because they last longer and are easier to maintain. If your garage door has Extension springs or a Torquemaster/ Wayne Dalton system we offer a conversion that includes all the necessary parts including the spring(s) and labor to convert your system. These parts include new drums, cables, tortion bar, end bearing plates, center bracket and bearing and the spring(s).
There are other problems related to springs, such as the opener having to do more work than it's designed to do. With the proper springs on the door the operator has to do very little work. A heavy door can take the life out of an opener very quickly. They are not meant to do heavy lifting, the springs should handle that. This will void the warranty of a new garage door opener.
A saggy chain on your door opener can be a sign of a heavy door.