Garage Door Spring Life Span

How long should a garage door spring last?  I can tell you that they don’t last as long as they used to. Garage Door SpringThe one in this picture is the original spring that came with the door in 1943. That makes this spring 70 years old. It still works perfectly as does the door.

These days you would be lucky to get 12 years out of a spring. It really is true that they don’t make things as well as they used to.

Springs today are rated in cycles. A cycle being one up then back down. Most of the springs we sell are rated for 10,000 cycles. That usually lasts 7 to 10 years, but in some cases less.

It’s a fact that all springs break. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to be proactive and replace them before they break. It could save you from being late to work some future morning. Try to find a company that offers a lifetime warranty on their springs in case you’re still living in the home when they break again.

There really is no way of telling when they will break. It’s kind of like a light bulb, it will go out when it goes out. Just keep a light coat of oil on them to prevent rust.

Beware of the spring and everything it is attached to. Trying to adjust it or replace it could result in injury or death. You really should only work on or around them if your familiar with how they work.

Which type of spring is better?

A zinc or a black tempered spring.  Which is better?  Time tells a lot about these two different types of springs.  It is true that all garage door springs break at some point.  However, I have found that the zinc springs break in about half the time that the black oil tempered springs do.  I am not sure about the manufacturing process or the exact specifications.  This is my opinion based on years of experience.

The zinc spring needs to be adjusted more often.  They lose tension where the black oil tempered ones don’t.  Surprisingly, the black oil tempered springs usually cost less.  Sometimes garage door companies like to up sale zinc springs to home owners.  Don’t do it.  You will pay more for less spring.

All of our black tempered springs have a lifetime warranty.  We do not offer zinc springs because of the reasons listed above.  Use my experience to your advantage and have the black springs installed.  You will be glad you did.

Check Your Spring Tension

Our last post is a good reason for everyone with a garage door to check your spring tension.  It is simple to check to make sure your springs are adjusted properly.

First make sure your garage door is closed.  With the garage door closed, walk to the center of the door and pull the emergency release cord.  It should be hanging in the center just above the closed garage door.  The release cord is the red rope in the picture above.

Now, lift your garage door two to three feet off of the floor and try to let go.  If your door falls back down to the floor, your springs need to be adjusted.  They may have naturally lost tension or the springs may not be the correct size.  your door should stay up if you lift it half way.  Lastly, reattach your opener and you are all done.

If it isn’t adjusted properly or if you have the wrong size spring, you could end up like the guy in our last post.  Your door and opener could be damaged by improperly adjusted springs.  Check your spring tension before you think there is a problem.  It will save you money for sure.  Let us know if you have any questions.

Broken Springs? Check Prices First.

If you have a broken garage door spring, do your research first.  If you don’t, you may get a bill like the one above.  That total is $565.96 for two springs.

The invoice is from a man that called us after another company (not us) replaced his springs.   He was unable to get in touch with the other company, so he gave us a call.  We went out to give him a free estimate.  When we got there, we discovered that his door had the wrong size springs on it.

The wrong size springs had caused damage to his opener and bent the top section of his garage  door.  We quoted him for a new set of springs.  That is when he told me how much he had paid for the incorrect springs and showed me the bill.  I had to take a picture of it.  I couldn’t believe it!

There are many prices and garage door companies in the Dallas, Ft Worth area.  Do your research first.  Check company reviews, call around for the most competitive price, ask your friends for referrals, or have someone come out for a free estimate.  Make sure you hire a company that is easy to get in touch with if there is a problem.  This will save you a lot of heartache later on.