Spring types

Torsion springs

TORSION SPRINGS 101: WHAT ARE THESE?


Look at your garage door from inside the garage. You’ll see a long spring mounted along the top of the door. That’s the torsion spring. This mechanism plays a big part in opening and closing your garage door.

Cables attached to the spring wind up as the garage door opens. A wound spring has a lot of tension and houses a large amount of mechanical energy (built-up power from the winding motion). When you open the garage door, the energy is transferred, lifting the door up.

The spring’s average life span is seven years or 10,000 cycles. Keep in mind that rust and cold weather can weaken the springs which can lead to damage. That’s why we highly recommend a yearly garage door planned maintenance and tune-ups.

HOW DO YOU TELL IF THE TORSION SPRING IS BROKEN?

CHECK THE SPRING’S APPEARANCE

A simple way to detect a broken spring is just by looking at it. Here are some major red flags:

The spring is stretched out, which indicates that there’s no mechanical tension or energy. You’ll notice this when the garage door is closed.

A two-inch gap in the spring. When a spring is at the end of its life span, the tension is lost, causing the spring to snap. There should be a visible gap where the break occurred.

CHECK THE GARAGE DOOR’S APPEARANCE AND HOW IT FUNCTION


Another way to tell if your torsion spring needs replacing is by checking the garage door itself.

Check for these signs:

  1. The garage door looks crooked or off track when opening and closing

2. The top section of the door is bent or misaligned

3. The garage door opens up a couple of inches then closes

4. The garage door falls harshly when closing

5. The garage door doesn’t open at all

6. The cables attached to the springs are dangling

WATCH OUT FOR A LOUD NOISE


If your torsion spring has snapped, you’ve likely heard a loud bang. The torsion spring contains vast amounts of pressure and energy and are bound to make quite the noise when they break.

Torsion springs rotate around a shaft above the door. When the torsion spring breaks, you’ll also hear a rapid, harsh sound as the spring spirals out of the shaft.

DON’T TOUCH. CALL THE PROS.
We can’t stress enough the dangers of replacing your own garage door torsion spring. Just don’t do it. That’s why we’re here—to fix it and prevent any injuries.

Repairing a broken torsion spring requires special tools and expertise. Safety measures are needed for proper replacement. Contact Us for our garage door repair services, and we’ll get it done properly and safely.

Torque Tubes

Torque Masters are a trademark and specially manufactured product created, produced, and installed by Wayne Dalton.

The idea behind this invention is simple, it cleans up the look of the install by hiding the springs, that do the lifting, in a galvanized 1” tube above the door. There are a couple advantages to this.

The first being that it obviously looks much cleaner than traditional spring methods. They also allow all of you out there with carport conversions or contractors who built your garage ceiling too low.

To have a standard door system as there aren’t large drums on the end. The other benefit is that because the Torque Master is all one piece the install is faster. That, however, is where the good points of this system end.

Torque Tubes can only be purchased through Wayne Dalton which means that because it’s their trademark they can sell it for any price they choose. Additionally, if you can obtain a Torque Tube or if you have an existing Tube it can only be adjusted by a, you guessed it, custom trademark tool.

Another downside to this system is that because the install looks so clean, you can’t see the springs, so if one breaks you may not know for a few months and in that time, it’s very common to burn up the motor or strip the gears in the motor from the stress of it lifting a lot more weight than it was ever made to.

Let us have a moment to also ponder the fact that with this system, the springs lifting your 150lb + door fit in a 1” space (pssst that less than the diameter of your average slinky)…These Torque Tubes are also only able to be used on Wayne Dalton doors as they are custom engineered for their doors.

And that ladies and gentleman is why we will ALWAYS recommend changing to a torsion system and will strongly urge you to convert them.

DON’T TOUCH. CALL THE PROS.
We can’t stress enough the dangers of replacing your own garage door springs. Just don’t do it. That’s why we’re here—to fix it and prevent any injuries.

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