One of the most common reasons garage doors malfunction is due to a broken garage door spring. These springs play an important role in opening and closing a garage door by counteracting the force of gravity. Garage door springs make it easy to lift an otherwise heavy object. Without the springs, garage doors will not open or close as easily — if they can move at all!

If maintained regularly, the average garage door spring will last for about 10,000 open-close cycles. After extended use, these springs can become worn, damaged, and more susceptible to breakage, resulting in costly damages and repairs.
Garage doors come in a wide range of shapes, sizes, and styles. For this reason, different doors require different garage door spring sizes to ensure the door is balanced properly. Improper installation can cause the door to malfunction and create larger issues for the entire garage door system. 

At RTS All American Garage Doors, we take great care in ensuring that the right garage door springs are properly installed on our customer’s garage doors. Whether you need a repair or a garage door spring replacement in Pensacola and the surrounding areas, the team at RTS All American Garage Doors is here to help educate you on the best options for your garage door.

Types of garage door springs

Most garages are equipped with two types of springs: extension and torsion springs. Depending on the dimensions of a garage door, the sizes of these springs can vary, but regardless of size they are both designed to handle the full weight of garage doors.

Extension springs

These springs can be found installed on the sides of the garage door, running parallel to the track. They are designed to expand and contract as the door opens and closes. Extension spring installation generally involves the placement of accompanying components and parts, such as safety cables. The springs lift the door with assistance from the pulley system.

Torsion springs

These springs can usually be found mounted above the garage door and help gain more control over the opening and closing of the garage door. Using torque to lift the weight, the spring slowly rotates and contains applied force in its tight coil rather than stretching and compressing lengthwise to open and close the door. These springs generally require less maintenance and help the door operate at a steady pace.

Signs you need garage door spring repair or replacement

While most garage door springs have a life expectancy of seven to nine years, the actual lifespan depends on how much the door is used and how well it is maintained. If your springs are nearing their expectancy, be on the lookout for these signs that may indicate it’s time for repair or replacement.

  • Decreased speed
  • Rust and corrosion
  • Uneven opening and closing
  • Failure to lift completely
  • Unusual noisiness or rattling
  • Stops opening mid-process

A broken garage door spring can be difficult and dangerous to repair and should be left to a professional. The team at RTS All American Garage Doors has the knowledge, experience, and professional equipment needed for garage door spring replacement and repair. No matter what the issue, you can trust RTS for garage door services in Pensacola. Schedule an appointment or safety inspection today!