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Garage Door Spring Replacement Elkhorn

Garage Door Spring Replacement Elkhorn

Project Description

A homeowner in Elkhorn, NE, contacted Omaha Garage Door Repair when one of the torsion springs on their garage door snapped. When we arrived, the client told us that the springs were installed around a year ago and that they did not anticipate the breakage so soon. We explained that despite being relatively new, the spring broke due to a lack of strength to hold the garage door's weight. We replaced both springs with ones more appropriate for the weight of their double door and tested them to ensure they were working properly. After completing the garage door spring replacement, we also advised the client on caring for their new springs. The client was pleased and satisfied with the outcome and thanked us before we left.

As homeowners, we are always striving to make our lives more convenient. Automatic garage door openers are a great example of this. These devices allow us to move in and out of our garages without putting effort into opening or closing the door. However, many people do not realize that the springs on their garage doors also play a crucial role in ensuring the door opener works smoothly.

Springs serve as counterweights to the door's weight, enabling the automatic door opener to raise and lower the door smoothly. However, door openers will only work smoothly with the right components. Therefore, it is important to understand how garage door weight versus spring size relates to purchasing the right spring for your door.

Why Is The Garage Door Spring's Size Important?

Your garage door is one of the biggest moving parts in your home. A single garage door can weigh over 130 pounds, while larger doors can weigh over 350 pounds. Springs help to provide balance and stability to your door opening system, making it easier to lift your door and saving energy. In addition, this reduced stress on your automatic opener's motor can help it last longer. 

When deciding on a spring size, it is important to consider how much weight the door will be. A counterweight spring must be properly sized to safely lift and lower a garage door. Using a too-small or too-large spring can damage door components and create a dangerous situation where the door could fall.

How to Select the Right Torsion Spring

When selecting the right torsion spring for your garage door, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution. Instead, the weight of your door and the design and material will all play into finding the perfect spring.

At Omaha Garage Door Repair, we have a team of experts who can help you select the best spring for your needs. However, if you are taking the DIY course, consider these factors before making a purchase:

Spring Wire Size

The distance between 10 and 20 coils, to the nearest 1/16 inch, can be used to calculate the tension spring thickness of the door. Again, remember not to touch the spring while it is under tension. After taking the measurement, you can compare it to an online torsion spring chart to determine the correct size of the replacement spring.

Inside Diameter

The inner diameter is an important measurement for garage door springs. It must be large enough to fit in the space and generate enough torque to operate the door. In many cases, the inner diameter is indicated on the stationary cone between the two springs above the door. Otherwise, you can measure the inner diameter by hand after the spring has been safely removed from the door.

Overall Length

Some torsion spring products can be adjusted to a longer length, but this is not always possible due to physical limitations. Therefore, it is important to measure the width of your garage door before purchase and consider any obstructions that may limit how much you can wind your springs back.

Garage Door Repair Near Me

It is not advisable to repair or replace garage door springs yourself as they are under much tension and can be dangerous. Instead, it is best to leave the garage door repair job to a trained professional from Omaha Garage Door Repair. We specialize in installing high-quality torsion springs. In addition, our products and services are backed by a replacement warranty to ensure that your garage door is functioning properly. Call us today for more information!

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