A fantastic inquiry from one of our most devoted clients! The number of cycles or ups and downs of the door determines the spring’s life duration. One cycle consists of one garage door opening and shutting. The springs in most doors have a minimum cycle life of 10,000 cycles. For doors with greater daily use, springs may be increased to enable a longer cycle life.
Give industrial roller doors at Door Repairs a call if you need help with a spring repair. Repairing and/or replacing springs may be very hazardous, even fatal.
Top 6 Garage Door Safety Recommendations
While June is Garage Door Safety Month according to the IDA and DASMA, the team at Cressy Door and Fireplace thought we’d remind you of the top 6 garage door safety recommendations to keep your family safe around garage doors this autumn. Follow these 6 simple guidelines and contact us if you have any questions.
1 Replace any worn-out springs
The garage door springs are, without a doubt, the most hazardous component of the garage door. Springs degrade with time, and when they break, they may cause harm. If you have an older garage door, have the springs tested and changed as required by a professional. Replace both springs if the door has two, even if only one is damaged. Not only will this avoid more damage, but it will also ensure that your garage doors operate effectively and securely.
2 Squeaky Squares
Springs may creak and make a lot of noise. This is a typical occurrence that does not always signal a concern. To begin, use a spray-on lubricant. If the noise continues, give us a call and we’ll send a service professional out to assess the situation.
3 Cable Inspections
On both sides of the door, visually inspect the wires that connect the spring system to the bottom brackets. If the cables are frayed or worn, they are likely to break and should be replaced as soon as possible. Never try to replace them yourself due to the hazards of excessive spring tension.
4 Cables of Safety
A safety cable is used to tie extension springs to the wall or ceiling at either end of your garage door has them. Extension springs are under a lot of stress while the garage door is down. The spring may break, resulting in significant harm. A safety cable is often used to confine a broken spring. If you have an extension spring but no safety cable, please contact us right away for a safety assessment.
5 Tamper-Proof Brackets
The bottom brackets of a garage door are under great stress since they are attached to the door’s springs. They should only be adjusted by a qualified garage door system professional. Most of the doors we install now include tamper-resistant hardware that prevents a beginner from loosening the brackets.
6 Reverse Safeties
Most openers sold in the last 30 years have been required to include a secondary safety-reversing device, such as photoelectric eyes. These are placed close to the ground. When the invisible beam is disrupted, the door immediately reverses. It’s time to replace your opener if it doesn’t include a comparable safety-reversing function.
And last but not least, don’t forget to service your garage door when needed, at least once every year!