Age and Rust are the Enemies of Garage Door Springs
There will eventually come a day when your garage door doesn’t open like it should. Generally speaking, the reason why your door won’t open is because a torsion spring has broken. This could be because it is old, wasn’t properly maintained or because it wasn’t put on the door correctly.
Garage Door Torsion Springs Are Rated for About 10,000 Cycles
In most cases, garage door torsion springs are designed to work for about 10,000 cycles. In other words, the door will go up and down this many times before the spring is more vulnerable to damage. Springs will eventually snap because the material that they are made from can get brittle over time. This is because they are forced to expand and contract each time the door opens and closes.
Rust Can Eat Away at a Spring
Rust can form on almost anything that is made of metal, and it can significantly reduce the useful life of a garage door spring. The good news is that an Irvine garage door repair company can help ensure that it is not allowed to form or grow. It may be possible to get rid of existing rust simply by lubricating the spring or any other component that it is growing on.
There Should Be Two Springs Instead of One
It is not uncommon for a single torsion spring to be installed along the top of your garage door. However, it may be best to have two smaller ones installed on either side of the door. This may help to maximize the useful life of each spring as well as potentially prevent excess wear and tear on other garage door components.