A garage door spring is one of those household items you probably never think about, until it’s broken, that is, and you’re stuck in the garage with a door that won’t open and a car that can’t get you to work.
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 and when you want the door to open the spring helps by uncoiling and releasing that energy. The most common torsion springs sit against the wall over the garage door.
3 Types of Torsion Springs
Standard Torsion Spring - Are mounted in the middle of the torsion shaft.
Steel Rolling Door - Are normally seen in commercial and industrial buildings
These springs are contained within the torsion barrel. Torque Master - These springs are enclosed in the torsion shaft and are held in place by a winding cone that sits at the end of each torsion rods.
Extension springs are the most common type they run parallel to the tracks of the door and are typically situated between the tracks and the garage ceiling. Extension springs store energy by extending while the door is closing and then releasing the stored energy while the door is opening. When extension springs snap they can go flying off in every direction.
Garage door springs are the most dangerous part of the entire overhead door mechanism. Since they do the actual heavy lifting they need to store vast amounts of energy. If you’re working on one of these springs and accidentally trigger a release of this energy you could be very seriously injured or even killed. Don’t take the chance. Leave the handling and installation of garage door springs to the people who are trained to work with and around them. We offer a full range of garage door repairs with our same-day service.
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