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Torsion Springs 101

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August 18, 2020

Torsion springs are a central component to the successful operation automatic garage door systems. While many of us utilize automatic garage door systems, few of us understand the ins and outs of how they work. This blog entry is going to go over the basics of torsion springs and how they work.

Torsion springs store the tension created by the opening and closing of your garage door. This stored tension helps lift the door and reduce the pressure put on your system by its everyday operation. These springs are normally mounted horizontally above the garage door and are made of material that is more dense than average springs in order to adequately store a large amount of mechanical energy.

Torsion springs naturally weaken over time as the garage door is opened repeatedly. As this happens the spring becomes less and less effective. If the spring reaches the point of breaking then your automatic garage door will not open. It is important to keep tabs on the condition of your torsion spring as it is central to being able to continue utilizing your automatic garage door system. The average life cycle of torsion springs is between five and seven years or roughly 10,000 open/close cycles. It seems like a big number, and it definitely is, but it shows there is a limit and using your automatic garage door system should be moderated.

There are dangers associated with garage door torsion springs. If the garage door is in the open position and the spring experiences failure, the door can come crashing down in a sudden fashion which could potentially injure any person positioned underneath. The biggest danger that can come with torsion springs is associated with trying to repair or replace them using the ‘do it yourself’ approach. Special tools are needed in order to effectively and safely change or repair torsion springs. If you do not have the proper equipment you are at risk of suffering potentially severe injuries as torsion springs repair involves many dangerous components that must be properly handled.

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