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Garage Door Repair Houston – Broken Springs

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Torsion or Extension Spring Systems is the Most Widely Used on Sectional Type Overhead Garage Doors Houston.

Garage doors are incredibly heavy and some type springing systems must used at the top with cables attaching to the bottom section of the door to counterbalance the weight. When a garage door is opened, these springs help in lightening the weight of the door. When closing the door, the springs keep it from hitting hard on the ground and damaging the door or causing injury.

To release the spring tension, raise the door in the fully open and clamp the door into position using a pair of vice grips in the tracks to forbid the door from moving. Once the door is open, you can make spring adjustments to only the extension spring type systems.

Torsion spring systems adjustments are not recommended by the do it yourselfer.

Mostly overhead garage door springs have a life expectancy of 10,000 cycles, unless you special ordered your door with extended life cycle springs. One cycle is an operation of an up and down. The extension and torsion springs are tempered (hardened) steel that comes either in plain cold-rolled, painted, oil soaked, or galvanized. When the garage door is closed position these springs are under very extreme tension and can be dangerous causing injury.

Overtime, or during the later stages of the life cycles, springs will start to fatigue, and will eventually start stretching and or break, usually releasing its spring load with loud bang. Most homeowners, if you are at home, hear the spring break and normally unable to find where the noise came from until you try to use your garage door the next time.

On the average I see a 10k life cycle spring last around 7 to 10 years depending on how regularly you operate your door. Anything over 10 years is a bonus. For example, if you average about two cycles per day, opening and closing the door a total of four times as you come and go, then the life expectancy becomes 2500 days, or approximately seven years. If you have children that drive or more adults with automobiles, then you tend to cycle the door even more often, which in turn needing a spring replacement even earlier.

Since standard lift torsion springs are winding “up” when the door is closing or going down, the fully closed position is the most stressful on the steel spring material and therefore the most likely the time of breakage. This can be an advantage; because failure near the top-of-travel means that you suddenly have a large heavy door coming down and crashing against the floor with the increased weight from the spring breakage. As a rule of thumb, and for safety reasons, you should never be standing or walking under the door when it is opening or closing, especially if you do so manually instead of with an electric opener. Also automatic door operators will provide additional safety if and when the spring breaks during the door movement.

When the springs are working correctly, the door appears almost weightless, but this is an illusion that turns into a calamity when the springs suddenly fail.

Warning: If you need to make annual adjustments to the springs or repair the door, we urge using a trained garage door specialist to do your annual tune-ups.

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Garage Door Springs

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Garage Door Spring Systems is the Most Used Commonly on Sectional Type Overhead Doors.

Garage doors are very heavy and some type springing systems must used at the top with cables attaching to the bottom garage doors to counterbalance the weight of the door. When a garage door is opened, these springs assist in lightening the weight of the door. When closing the door, the springs keep it from slamming hard on the ground and damaging the door or causing injury.

 

To release the spring tension, raise the door in the fully open and clamp the door into position using a pair of vice grips in the tracks to prevent the door from moving.  Once the door is open, you can make spring adjustments to only the extension spring type systems.

 

Torsion spring systems adjustments are not recommended by the do it yourselfer.
Typically overhead garage door springs have a life expectancy of 10,000 cycles, unless you special ordered your door with extended life cycle springs. One cycle is an operation of an up and down.  The extension and torsion springs are tempered (hardened) steel that comes either in plain cold rolled, painted, oil soaked, or galvanized. When the garage door is closed these springs are under very extreme tension and can be dangerous causing injury.

 

Over time, or during the later stages of the life cycles, springs will start to fatigue, and will eventually start stretching and or breaking, usually releasing its spring load with loud bang. Most homeowners, if you are at home, hear the spring break and usually unable to find where the noise came from until you try to use your garage door the next time.

 

On the average I see a 10k life cycle spring last around 7 to 10 years depending on how often you use your door.  Anything over 10 years is a bonus.  For example, if you average about two cycles per day, opening and closing the door a total of 4 times as you come and go, then the life expectancy becomes 2500 days, or approximately 7 years. If you have children that drive or more adults with vehicles, then you tend to cycle the door even more often, which in turn needing a spring replacement even sooner.

Since standard lift torsion springs are winding “up” when the door is closing or going down, the fully closed position is the most stressful on the steel spring material and thus the most likely the time of breakage. This is a good thing; because failure near the top-of-travel means that you suddenly have a large heavy door coming down and crashing against the floor with the increased weight. As a rule of thumb, and for safety reasons, you should never be standing or walking under the door when it is opening or closing, especially if you do so manually instead of with an electric opener. Also automatic door operators will provide additional safety if and when the spring breaks during the door movement.

When the springs are working correctly, the door appears nearly weightless, but this is an illusion that turns into a calamity when the springs suddenly fail.

Caution:  If you need to make annual adjustments to the springs or repair the door, we recommend using a trained garage door technician to do your annual tune-ups.

Preferred Doors provides detailed information on Garage Doors, Garage Door Openers, Garage Door Repair, Overhead Garage Doors and more.

 

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Garage Door Openers – Information on safety reversal system

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Your garage door opener uses two safety reversal systems. The most obvious safety component is the safety eye system?, which provides four to six inches of coverage along the bottom area of the doorway. To test this system, perform the following steps:

1. Start with the door in the open position.
2. Press the remote control push button to raise the door.
3. Place a box or similar object in the path of the door (obstruction the safety sensor eyes).
4. Press the remote control push button to shut the door.

The door will not move more than 1 inch, and the opener lights will flash.

The door opener will not close from a remote if the indicator light in either one of the sensors is off (alerting you to the fact that the sensor is misaligned or obstructed).

Repeat this test each month.

There are a few things to keep in mind relating to the optical safety reversal system:
The optical safety system must be installed in order for the opener to close the door normally. The system is federally mandated, and there is absolutely no way to bypass this system. If there is a sensor problem, the opener can still be used to close the garage door. In order to do so, press and hold the hard-wired wall control button, or use the keyless entry pad outside of the garage, holding the ENTER button until the door reaches the floor. Releasing the wall control button or the ENTER button before the door reaches the floor will cause the opener to reverse the door. This selection is only available through the wall control or a keyless entry system, and is not an option when using the hand-held remote control. Never commit on the safety sensors to prevent the door from closing on an obstruction. Always assure that the path of the garage door is free of any obstructions before operating the opener mechanism.The second safety system built in to the opener is designed to reverse the garage door whenever resistance or force is encountered, provided that the opener mechanism is connected and adjusted properly, and the garage door is properly balanced and aligned. This reversal system should be tested each time an adjustment to the opener is made, and also once a month.

To test the safety reversal system:

1. With the door fully open, place a 1-1/2 inch board (or 2×4 laid flat) on the floor, centered under the garage door.
2. Operate the door in the down direction. The door must reverse upon striking an obstruction.

If the door stops on the obstruction, it is not traveling far enough in the down direction. Refer to your owner’s manual for instructions on increasing the down limit adjustment, along with farther information concerning the safety reversal test. A copy of your owner’s manual can be downloaded through most manufactor’s web sites by clicking here (hyperlink to owner’s manual search page) If the door continues to fail the safety reversal test, call for a trained door systems technician. Never rely on the safety reversal system to prevent the door from closing on an obstruction. Always ensure that the path of the garage door is clear of any obstructions before operating the opener mechanism.

WARNING: Without a correctly installed safety reversal system, persons (particularly small children) can be badly injured or death by a closing garage door.
WARNING: If the opener closes the door when the safety-reversing sensor is obstructed (and the sensors are no more than 6 inches above the floor), call for a trained garage door technician.

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Garage Door Repair – Is your Garage Door hanging by a thread?

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If your garage door is not operable like when it was purchased or not working in anyway, don’t just accept it. Get garage door repair service and get your overhead door back to working perfectly again.

Is your door challenging to open? Does your garage door shake when it opens and closes? Will the door not open at all? Or is your garage door stuck in a constant cycle of opening or closing? When your garage door isn’t working right, it can add considerable stress and annoyance to your life. However, the good news is that garage door repair service company is speedy, affordable, and effective. From garage door and opener tune ups, repairs to track, spring, and panel fixes, your local garage door company can help get your garage door working its best again. Before you phone the garage door technicians, be sure to analyze these quick-fixes:

(1) Make sure your garage door opener push button has new batteries.
(2) Check out all safety sensors (at the bottom of the door on each side of the tracks) to make certain they are free of debris and aligned.
(3) Remove debris like sticks, gravel, from under the door.

If these simple procedures don’t get your garage door operating effortlessly again, then you know it’s time to call in the door doctors. Garage door companies have the know how and tools to diagnose a wide array of garage door repair issues from small problems to larger safety concerns. Once they know what’s wrong with your door, they’ll be able to specify you with the one of many options to get your overhead door back on track and working in a safe way. And better yet, your garage door company can make quite sure the job is done entirely and have a warranty for their repairs that will last for years to come.

So whether you’re in need of garage door or opener tune up or a major repair, your area overhead door company is here to assist. Remember, your garage door plays a fundamental role in your home’s peace of mind and energy efficiency, as well as aesthetics, so why wait to get it fixed. Helping restore convenience to your daily routine, safety to your home, and more, professional garage door repair service can make certain your garage is restored to working order.

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