2 Ways To Prolong The Life Of Your Garage Door Springs

15 January 2015
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Articles


You cycle your garage door every day. Whether you're pulling your vehicle out of your garage to begin your morning commute or just grabbing your lawnmower, your garage door must complete an entire cycle each time you need access to your garage. However, your garage door springs will only last so long (typically between 15,000 to 20,000 cycles) before they break or fail to open your door. Here are two ways to ensure your springs last as long as possible:

Arrange For Regular Spring Adjustments

As your springs continue to cycle your garage door thousands of times throughout the years, they'll lose their elasticity. As a result, the torsion provided by your springs will lessen over time and slow the cycling process of your door. If your springs continue to operate at the wrong levels of torsion, then they'll sustain wear at a faster rate and become more likely to fail due to their inability to easily tolerate the load of your door.

However, adjusting your springs is a dangerous job. Even while loose and worn, your springs are capable of launching off your counterbalance system and damaging or injuring your garage or yourself, respectively. Additionally, some jurisdictions in the United States have laws that prevent unlicensed personnel from repairing, replacing, or adjusting torsion springs.

For these reasons, you should always leave the task of adjusting your springs to a professional garage door repair technician. You can find one by contacting a garage door repair company online at http://planooverhead.com. By doing so, you can avoid unnecessary risk of injury and ensure that your springs are adjusted to the proper tension.

Keep Your Chain At The Proper Tension

Your automatic opener is designed to initiate the cycling process of your garage door. When you activate your opener, its gearbox will wind your chain and pull the trolley to begin lifting your door.

Contrary to popular belief, your automatic opener doesn't lift the majority of your door's weight—that job is left to your springs and counterbalance system. However, if your chain is too tight, then it can cause your garage door to travel past the point at which its cycle is designed to stop. This is an issue that's known as overtraveling, and it can cause serious damage to your springs.

When your garage door overtravels, your springs will wind tighter than normal. The increased tension in your springs will cause their metal coils to lose elasticity at a faster rate than normal. If you continue to use your door while your chain is causing overtravel, then the lifetime expectancy of your springs will be significantly reduced.

How To Adjust Your Chain Tension:

Luckily, you can adjust your chain by yourself in just a couple minutes. To do so, grab a ladder and a wrench set. Disconnect your opener by tugging downwards on the string hanging from your trolley. Place your ladder beneath your trolley and locate your chain tensioner—the long bolt and two nuts connected to the metal bracket on your trolley.

Before adjusting your chain, take a look at how much slack your chain currently possesses. For most standard doors, your chain should sag to about the halfway point of your chain's guide rail. If your chain hangs beneath its rail, then it needs to be tightened. If there isn't any slack in your chain, then it should be partially loosened.

To tighten your chain, loosen the nut closest to your opener while tightening the nut furthest from your opener.

Loosening the nut furthest from your opener and tightening the one closest to your opener will loosen your chain and minimize your door's chances of overtraveling.

If you can't remember the last time your springs were adjusted, or if you can't manage to set your chain at the proper tension, then contact a professional garage door technician as soon as possible. By having your garage door assembly inspected and maintained right away, you can begin lengthening the lifespan of your existing springs.