Torsion Springs

A garage is a great place to keep your car, yard equipment, or anything else you need to put in the extra storage space. Whether you use your garage for your car or not, you need to know that your garage door properly works so you can get in and out easily. However, like any piece of machinery, your garage door can have problems. It may need maintenance to work more effectively, or there may be damage that needs repair to be at its best. Two areas that can cause problems are the torsion springs and torsion cables, which work together to make your garage door open and close.

Torsion springs and cables in garages

It is not enough to know that torsion springs and cables are essential for your garage door. Knowing what each item is and how it works can help you understand why it is important to keep up with your garage door maintenance. It can also help ensure that if you need help from the experts at GT Garage Door Repair to maintain or repair your garage door, you’ll know how to explain the problem and understand the recommended course of action.

Torsion springs are a vital part of the function of your garage door. Typically, they are horizontally mounted above the garage door opening. They work with cables to open and close the garage door. The springs store energy so that when the door opens, they unwind, transferring their energy to the door and making it easier to open. Like any mechanical part, your torsion springs can break, which can prevent your garage door from opening properly. If the spring breaks while the door is opening, it can cause the door to fall and be damaged.

Torsion cables work in conjunction with springs to transfer energy and lift the garage door more easily. The springs are typically not attached directly to the door. Instead, they are attached to drums or pulleys that the torsion cables wind around to transfer energy. Usually, there is one cable on each side of the door, so the door opens smoothly and evenly. If these cables break, the garage door will not open properly.

Garage door spring on a torsion tube

Signs your garage door needs maintenance

You don’t have to wait until your garage door doesn’t open to get maintenance on your torsion springs and cables. Here are a few things to watch for that you may need to call an expert to look at your garage door.

  • The door does not open evenly. If one side opens faster than the other, there may be a problem with the springs or cables. If your garage door does not open evenly, it can put additional stress on one side, which can lead to damage to the door or the mechanisms that lift it.
  • The door does not open easily. If it seems that the mechanism is struggling to open the door, the springs or cables may have damage. Struggling to open the door means that aspects of the machinery may be working harder to move the door. If this is not repaired, it can lead to additional damage.
  • You see loose wires. If a cable has snapped, it may be loose and hanging down in your garage. If you see this, you should call an expert right away for repairs.

If you suspect you have problems with your torsion springs and cables, it’s best to reach out to an expert for help. GT Garage Door Repair can examine and repair your garage door, so it works beautifully every time.

FAQs

In the best-case scenario, your garage door will simply not open and close easily or smoothly. However, depending on the problem, you can cause further damage to your garage door. If you don’t get it repaired when needed, you may not be able to open your garage door at all, or it could fall unexpectedly, which can damage the door or lead to serious bodily harm.
If springs and cables are maintained and in good condition, they can last more than five years without any problems. The lifespan of your springs and cables does depend on how often you open and close the door as well as the weather and other environmental factors. For example, rust can shorten the lifespan of your springs and cables.

The signs listed above are good indicators that you may need repairs. If you’re concerned or unsure, the safest decision is to reach out to an expert to look at your garage door and see if there’s a problem. The knowledgeable staff at GT Garage Door Repair will carefully examine your door, identify any issues, and work closely with you to ensure that your door is at its best.