Why Garage Door Springs Break

18June 2021

In this post, let’s talk about why garage door springs break.

In the early thirties, when garage doors were invented, there were various kinds of springs, yet back then there were not garage door openers. Now we have garage door openers, but it is springs that raise the door.

The Cycle Life of a Garage Door Spring

There is a cycle life of a garage door spring. A typical spring’s range is anywhere from 5,000 to 30,000 cycles. A cycle is each time a door rises and returns down. So when you’re speaking about companies that have a two year guarantee and others that offer a lifetime service warranty, typically you’re talking about cycle life. If a spring is a 5,000 cycle life spring, after the door opens and closes 5,000 times, the spring is toward the end of its cycle life and  will most likely break shortly thereafter.

Factors that Impact the Cycle Life of Garage Door Springs

There are various factors that effect the cycle life of a spring. For instance, there are the bearing plates. There is a center bearing, as well as a left and right bearing. If those bearings are sticking and making it tougher for the springs to turn, that cycle life will be reduced, perhaps by a third.

Another thing that could affect the cycle life of the springs, is the rollers. If the rollers are sticking the springs end up working harder and that’s going to make the cycle life decrease dramatically.

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Don’t wait for your garage door springs to break. Give us a call at 225-281-6346 to inspect the springs and the overall working of your garage door to make sure it stays in top shape.