It is fairly common and obvious that there are springs that are one of the primary components of the garage door. When the garage door system does not open or not open correctly, more often than not, the blame falls on a broken or worn out spring. When it comes to the springs, you might have heard the mention of torsion springs and extension springs. With that in mind, we at AAA Action Doors would like to take an opportunity to discuss the difference between torsion springs and extension springs to help you better understand their function.
Garage Door Torsion or Extension Springs
Found in a shaft above your garage door are the large springs, which are the torsion springs. You will not likely see both types of springs on the same door, as most garage doors have one or the other springs. Although, garage doors that are generally smaller than the standard door, measuring 8×7 or 9×7, only are designed with one spring. Torsion springs will wind or unwind to lift or lower the garage door as you open and close it. When opening or closing the door, extension springs fully expand or contract.
Differences Between Torsion & Extension Springs
There are a number of reasons as to why most professionals prefer the torsion springs over the extension springs. Despite that typically torsion springs are a little more pricey than extension springs; they often last twice as long, offering a batter value to consumers. In addition to being a better quality, they tend to be more sufficient as torsion springs open and close the garage door with a more controlled motion. Extension springs are more likely to wear and tear quicker than torsion springs because with each use, extension springs usually function with a jerky motion. Not only are they quick to need repairs or replacement, they have a more complicated apparatus. Extension springs also tend to require a bit more maintenance than torsion springs; even simple lubrication can be difficult. Torsion springs will snap which will frequently produce a terrifyingly dangerous sound; but typically they stay on the shaft. Keep in mind however; they do have the potential to fly off. When dealing with spring repairs or replacement it is imperative that they are serviced by a professional only as they can be a safety hazard to those who are not properly trained. Extension springs do have their advantages as well. These springs are designed for when you do not have a lot of overhead space in your garage for a torsion spring system as well as being more cost effective. With proper maintenance and care, extension springs are still efficient at getting the job done and safe to utilize. If you are unsure about the specifics of the springs used on your garage door, or simply want to inquire about maintenance, contact your professional garage door expert.
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Garage doors are truly an asset to any home, but they still require professional services. With the AAA Action Doors, our experienced and well trained team of technicians provide a number of services such as maintenance, tune-ups, inspections, repair, and replacement services for example. If you believe your garage door springs are experiencing a problem, call AAA Action Doors today for diagnostics.