Garage Door Springs

Garage Door Springs Explained

Were you home the day your garage door was installed? Did you help carry it? Think about all that weight. How does the garage door stay up after it’s opened and not crash back down? Torsion springs counterbalance the weight for us. Perhaps you would like to know a bit more about your garage door springs and how to keep them in working order.

While torsion springs are one of the most important working parts of your garage door system, they can also be one of the most dangerous. It is key to check your doors regularly for any issues. While you can do some regular maintenance yourself, do not try replacing the springs on your own. Please leave this task to our professionals at Overhead Door of Council Bluffs for your safety.


Function and Location

Did you come up with a guess on how much the garage door actually weighs? If your door weighs around 100 pounds, know that 100 pounds of pressure have to exist to counteract this weight. The torsion springs attached just above your closed garage door provide this counterweight. Ensure these mechanics are working properly, and never try to replace the springs on your own. Well-maintained mechanics will continue to help your door open and close with ease.

Fun fact: The mechanics of garage door springs date back centuries. Counterweight systems have been used to balance objects long before garage doors even existed.


Squeaks and Springs Gone Bad

Do yourself a favor and listen to your garage door as it opens and closes. If you hear any squeaks, try adding some garage door lubricant. If the squeaks don’t go away, you will want to call a professional. You may need to have the springs re-tightened or replaced. Generally torsion springs last 7-9 years with regular maintenance, and professionals generally recommend re-balancing them within the first few years after installation. If they happened to be installed during cold weather, you will probably want to do this sooner yet.

Regular maintenance includes regular door balance checks, too. If you disconnect the door opener from electricity, manually open it. The door should remain in the up position once opened completely. Also, if you pull the door open halfway, it should rest there with ease. If not, it may be time to give us a call.


Remember, at Overhead Door of Council Bluffs we have trained professionals to work with these dangerous working pieces. Be aware of your garage door, and call when it needs a tune up.