Garage door torsion springs can break for several reasons. Here are some common factors that contribute to torsion spring breakage:
- Wear and Tear: Torsion springs are under constant tension and undergo significant stress each time the garage door opens and closes. Over time, this repeated stress can weaken the metal, leading to fatigue and eventual failure of the spring.
- Age: Torsion springs have a limited lifespan. Most springs are designed to last for a specific number of cycles, typically ranging from 10,000 to 20,000 cycles. With regular use, the spring will eventually reach the end of its expected lifespan and may break.
- Poor Maintenance: Lack of proper maintenance can accelerate the wear and tear of torsion springs. Failure to lubricate the springs regularly or neglecting to check for signs of wear and damage can contribute to premature breakage.
- Rust and Corrosion: Exposure to moisture and corrosive elements can cause the spring to rust and weaken. Rust weakens the structural integrity of the spring, making it more susceptible to breakage.
- Incorrect Spring Size or Installation: If the torsion spring is not properly sized or installed, it can be subject to excessive stress or strain. Using the wrong size or mismatched springs can lead to premature failure.
- Temperature Fluctuations: Extreme temperature changes can affect the performance of torsion springs. Frequent and drastic temperature swings can cause the metal to expand and contract, leading to stress on the spring and eventual breakage.
It’s worth noting that when a torsion spring breaks, it is generally recommended to replace both springs, even if only one of them has failed. This helps ensure balanced operation and prevents overloading the new spring. Garage door spring replacement can be dangerous, so it’s advisable to consult a professional garage door technician for safe and proper installation.
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