Garage Door Child

Don't Mess With The Torsion Spring

A torsion spring adjustment is not something to be left to an amateur or the faint of heart.

The built up power of a spring can easily cut off a limb, if it is comes loose.  Always err on the side of caution when dealing with a spring, leave to a trained professional.

Several manufacturers have introduced new safety measures dealing with springs.  They can provide some protection, in case of an accident.

Are you aware that after 6-8 years some parts on your garage door will begin to wear and possibly fail? Do you know what can happen? Our family found out the hard way, when our entire garage door collapsed down like a large roof over our indoor garage space one evening. Luckily, no one was in the garage at the time, and I can only imagine how my two little girls would have been crushed and possibly killed had they been standing underneath.

We had to call an emergency garage door service to come lift the door back onto the tracks so we could at least close and lock it for the night. When I asked the service technician what caused it to come off of the tracks and collapse, he said the springs gave out. Our garage door is eight years old.

Many home owners are not aware, and the garage door manufacturers certainly do not post any warnings, that after five years the springs become worn, and when they give out, severe damage to your home, and or yourself or another person, can occur. Springs should be replaced at five or six years - don't wait until a major accident to decide to have your garage door parts looked at and serviced. If you are aware, you can protect your family and prevent a possible tragedy! Here are some helpful tips:

  1. Does the door have the adequate protection designed to prevent the personal injury or property damage that could be caused by breaking springs?

SAFETY TIP: Check your door carefully to make sure the springs are either enclosed by a metal tube, use a safety containment cable or both. All Clopay extension sprung doors incorporate an exclusive, patented safety containment cable which prevents a snapping spring from flying free and causing injury or damage. On all Clopay torsion sprung doors, the spring is installed around the torsion shaft so that, if a spring should break, it cannot snap free and cause damage or injury.

2. Are your able to loosen the bottom brackets of the garage door?
SAFETY TIP: Garage door bottom brackets are under extreme tension and can cause serious injury if deliberately or accidentally loosened or removed by someone inexperienced in garage door installation or maintenance. All Clopay garage residential steel doors feature our patented Safety-T Bracket which, under normal circumstances, cannot be removed while the door is under tension, thus significantly reducing the risk of serious injury.

3.Have you checked the spring on your garage door ?
SAFETY TIP: Beware of old springs, keep in mind that garage door springs are actually tightly wound and under high tension, and this is why they can be the source of accidents. Eventually, all springs will wear-out and break, even high quality steel springs like those used by Clopay. A breaking spring that is not properly contained could lash out and strike property or people. If you have an older garage door, be certain your springs are inspected and replaced by a professional installer and replace if needed. If your door has two springs, replace both, even if one is not broken. This will not only prevent any damage caused by the breaking of the second spring, but also keep your door working efficiently.

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Some manufacturers have introduced new spring safeguards to minimize the potential dangers associated with spring use.  Take a close look at the spring setup and warranty on any garage door and you will have a quick idea on the value of the door.

It is key to note the expected lifespan of a spring and how that figure is calculated.  Under existing guidelines, a garage door manufacturer can round up liberally in projecting that span, calling a cycle tested at 5,001 cycles a 10,000-cycle spring.