Ever tried opening your garage door with broken garage door springs? Your garage doors torsion springs play a key role in opening and closing your door. And when yours break, your garage door will no longer lift to allow you in and out of your home. Because garage door springs are only rated for so many cycle, every now and then they do require replacement so that your garage door can continue to properly operate for you and your loved ones.

How Long Should They Last

So, just how long can you expect your garage door springs to deliver? In our blog, “What are Torsion Springs“ we go over exactly what torsion springs are and how they work.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a definitive answer to how long exactly they will actually last. It all depends on how often you open and close your garage door. As well as the condition of your other moving hardware.

Each time your garage door opens and closes, it completes one “cycle”. A standard set of garage door torsion springs is expected to last you about 10,000 cycles. That being said, if you only open and close your garage door twice a day, your springs will likely last considerably longer than if they were used seven times a day. The more people coming and going through your garage door, the more you can expect your springs cycles to diminish.

Causes of Broken Garage Door Springs

Garage door springs can break over time due to a number of different factors, but in many cases, they break because of:

Judging the Strength of Your Springs

Want to know how your own garage door springs are holding up? Follow these simple steps to get an idea of their strength.

It may be worth it to invest in some extended life springs. They may more experience the standard cycle models, but they won’t require replacement at the rate of typical torsion springs.

Finally, we do not recommend trying to replace them yourself. Due to the pressure they’re under, doing so can prove highly dangerous and is something best left to an experienced professional.

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