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Garage Door Spring Repair in Huntsville and Madison Metro Areas

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Garage Door Spring Replacement

Your garage door springs are one of the most important parts of your garage door.

They do the heavy lifting—four times a day in most homes. Make sure that your springs are in the best condition possible, especially when it comes to garage door spring replacement or repair.

If a serious problem with your overhead door arises, don’t delay in calling. A broken garage door spring is not only inconvenient, but it’s also dangerous.

When a garage door spring breaks, an immense amount of energy being displaced. Torsion springs are mounted over the garage door and they have a shaft running through the middle. When they break, the spring unwinds in less than a second and creates a loud noise due to the coils spinning on the shaft.

Broken garage door spring replacement is our speciality! When it comes to spring replacements, be careful not to get taken advantage of. Overhead Door Company of Huntsville™ provides straight forward fair pricing. Don’t fall for the bait and switch tactics. Prices should include parts and labor, and whether they charge a service charge. When you call us to schedule your spring replacement, you can expect a higher level of service and trust.

My Garage Door Spring is Broken. What Should I Do?

Broken springs represent the most common type of repair call for garage door repair technicians.

Here’s What Not To Do.

If you experience a broken spring, do not attempt to lift the door manually or with the assistance of the electric opener.

Without the aid of a proper spring, the door will become extremely heavy and difficult to lift manually. Attempting to lift the door by hand with a broken spring could cause you personal harm. Furthermore, attempting to open the broken door with the electric opener will likely cause further damage. Garage door openers are manufactured to lift doors only with the assistance of the garage door spring. If the spring is broken, continuing to use the opener will probably burn out the motor.

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It is important to note that replacing torsion springs is dangerous, and we never recommend this as a do-it-yourself project. These springs work by winding and releasing cables that support the entire weight of your garage door; in other words, this spring is under a great deal of tension. If not handled properly and professionally, it could cause serious injury. Instead of taking on this project by yourself, call the experts at Overhead Door Company™. We’d be more than happy to discuss with you any questions you might have about garage door spring replacements in Madison, Huntsville and Metro Areas . We will give scheduling and pricing at this time.

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Repair and Installations

Trust this repair to the experts. A spring replacement is one of the most common repairs required on a garage door. With so many spring setups, wire sizes, lengths, and more, its important a broken spring is repaired with the correct replacement. A trained professional will ensure your replacement spring balances the garage door weight properly, allowing the door to easily open and close manually or with the assistance of an electric opener.

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Your repair team will arrive on time and ready to begin your project. After your garage door spring repair, your team will clean up your garage, driveway, and any other part of your home that was affected. At this time we will ask you to pay for any outstanding balance you will have with us.

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About Garage Door Springs

While easy to overlook, your garage door springs are a vital part of the safe and effective operation of your garage door. Springs may look the same, but they come in different sizes depending on the size and weight of your garage door. Our team of spring specialists will match the appropriate spring to your garage door and efficiently make an installation.

What some of our North Alabama customers may not realize is that garage door springs have a life expectancy measured in cycles rather than years. One cycle is a single opening and closing sequence, which means the more you use the door, the shorter the life expectancy of the springs. In busy households, the number of cycles can add up quickly, increasing the chance that you’ll experience a broken spring and need a garage door spring repair.

Without functioning springs, your door will refuse to open or close, or it will slam shut at the worst moments. We’ll show you how springs work and how to recognize a problem with your springs without putting yourself in danger.

Not all garage door springs are the same!

There are many different types of garage door springs, which are generally categorized either as torsion springs or as extension springs.

  • The first, torsion springs are mounted above the garage door. Torsion springs store energy by coiling tightly as the door as the door closes. When the door is closed and at rest the torsion spring stores enormous amounts of energy. When you want the garage door to open, the spring helps by uncoiling and releasing that energy.
  • The other, extension springs, run parallel to the tracks of the garage door and are typically situated between the tracks and the garage ceiling. Extension springs store energy by extending while the garage door is closing and then releasing the stored energy while the garage door is opening.

How Does a Torsion Spring Work?

For your garage door to open and close smoothly, the torsion spring must be in good condition and properly matched to the garage door itself. You might expect your garage door’s operator to do most of the door’s work. While the operator does expend a certain amount of energy raising and lowering the door, the door’s springs actually accept the heaviest burden.

Over time, and with exposure to the elements around them, the tension rating of a garage door spring changes.  The repeated opening and closing of a garage door will gradually wear out the spring. As the spring weakens, its effectiveness is reduced. Opening the garage door will take more effort, due to the diminished capacity of the weakened spring to support the weight for you.

Without functioning torsion springs, your operator has to accept your garage door’s full weight. Without the garage door torsion spring to counterbalance the door’s weight, the motor body likely will not have the capacity to raise the weight of a garage door on its own.

Now that we understand the function of a torsion spring, it becomes more clear that a torsion spring demands sturdy construction. The torsion spring itself is much thicker than extension springs, which work in pairs in a vertical configuration on either side of the garage door. The torsion spring, in contrast, works alone, and is horizontally mounted in the center of the door opening above the door. Torsion springs are installed directly above the door opening, on the metal shaft.

The thickness and size of each garage door torsion spring is matched specifically to the weight and design of the door for which it is made. The heavier the garage door, the thicker the spring.  This tension rating is intended to match the door for a consistent lifting and lowering action.

How Does an Extension Spring Work?

An extension spring on a garage door works in the way the name itself implies –  by extending. Unlike most coiled springs that work when compressed, an extension spring extends when force is applied, so the coil stretches out. The force that’s stored in the spring is proportional to the amount of force it’s being subjected too. Once the force that’s being applied is removed, the energy that’s stored in a stretched spring is transferred in the opposite direction, which compresses it back into its tight, coiled shape. The extension springs attach to the track and through a series of pulleys and cables to the bottom bracket on the garage door located on the bottom section. The extension springs provide the energy needed to open the garage door while the cable and pulley system does the actual lifting. If any one of these components are damaged or not installed properly, the system will not function safely or properly.

Extension springs don’t have as many benefits as torsion springs. They’re the less expensive option of the two types of springs and don’t use much overhead space since they’re installed on the side of the door. Unfortunately, extension springs typically have more of a jerking motion when they operate which results in more wear and tear and a shorter lifespan. They can also break away and injure people and property. All extension springs should be paired with safety cables to prevent the spring from becoming a projectile in case of breakage.

Which garage door springs are the best?

In most all cases, we recommend converting an extension spring system to a new torsion spring set up.

Extension springs are an older garage door technology that uses a 2-spring system placed at each end of the garage door. They are an easier and less expensive garage system to install, but they tend to be more costly for homeowners to maintain than a torsion spring system.

Torsion springs are used more frequently today because they last longer than extension springs and experience less wear because they don’t have to work as hard as extension springs. Torsion springs are a much softer spring system as the spring is mounted on the spring bar. They also remain inside the shaft when they break, so they’re the safer option. Additionally, they offer smoother movement and keep the door better balanced.

When our technicians explain the advantages of a properly calibrated torsion spring system to a customer with an extension spring system, most convert to the torsion spring system because the future savings from lower repair costs will offset the additional cost of conversion.  The customer benefits from having a much faster, quieter, and smoother operating garage door. When it comes to home improvement projects, garage door replacements provide some of the highest returns.  You can further boost the ROI of your investment by choosing longer-lasting torsion springs over extensions springs.

Depending on the cost of repairing your extension spring and how long you plan to stay in your home, you might find converting is worth the cost difference.

The Dangers of DIY Garage Door Spring Repair

Replacing broken garage door springs is not a DIY project! Springs should never be adjusted or replaced by individuals who are not properly trained and possess the proper tools. Spring replacements are dangerous because when installing the new springs, they are placed under extreme tension. Without the proper tools and training, the wrong size replacement spring or springs can cause damage to the garage door and opener. More importantly, without the proper tools and training, serious personal injury can occur.

Visit our troubleshooting page to learn more about garage door repairs.

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About Overhead Door of Huntsville™

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The Overhead Door Company of Huntsville™ has been serving Huntsville and surrounding areas for over 50+ years. Locally owned and operated by the Warren Family since 2004, The Overhead Door Company of Huntsville/North Alabama™ is the only garage door company within Huntsville, Madison, Athens, Decatur, and surrounding North Alabama areas with hundreds of thousands of satisfied Overhead Door Company™ customers for over five decades. We are licensed and insured.

As the only local authorized Overhead Door Company™ in North Alabama, we offer only the best garage door spring repair and service with the products you want and the safety you need.

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