The Ideal Garage Door Spring
Torsion springs are a type of high-quality spring system commonly used in premium garage door openers. Unlike conventional springs, they use a rotating motion to store and release energy in a more controlled manner.
What Do Torsion Springs Do?
Torsion springs are normally mounted horizontally above the opening of your garage door. When you pull the door down, cables attached to the bottom corners force the springs to wind up which energizes the system.
When you open the door, the springs then unwind. The energy in the springs transfers to the door, allowing it to lift and making it easier to open.
How Do Torsion Springs Work?
Just like any spring, garage door springs store mechanical energy, which makes them tighten. Torsion springs store energy by using a rotating or twisting motion.
The advantage of garage door torsion springs over conventional springs is that they can store a lot more energy because they are made from a denser material.
Life Cycle and Tension Ratings of Springs
As the door opens and closes over time, the steel in the springs can start to weaken and become less effective as the door gradually becomes too heavy for them. The springs will eventually break, leaving the door closed.
Torsion springs can also be affected by rust and cold weather. The good news is the average garage door torsion springs will last somewhere between 5–7 years and should last around 10,000 cycles.
So, if you open and close your garage door 3–5 times a day for 365 days a year, you should get plenty of life out of your torsion springs.
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