How Long Do Garage Door Springs Last?

Garage doors are a convenient and common feature of modern homes. One of the most important components of a garage door system is the springs, which allow it to open and close smoothly and safely. So how long do they last, and what can you do to ensure they work properly throughout their lifespan?

What is the average life span of a garage door spring?

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Torsion Springs are Located on a Bar above the front of the Garage.

Garage door springs typically last anywhere between 8-12 years on average depending on the frequency of use. If your garage is used often for entering and exiting vehicles, they may need to be replaced sooner as significant wear can occur that shortens the working life. On the other hand, if your garage isn’t used frequently then you could see up to 15 -20 years from one set of springs.

Extended Life Springs

Torsion springs can be made to last longer as well. Standard springs a rated at 10,000 cycles (ups and downs) by changing the wire size, diameter, and length to last for as many as 25k, 50k, or even 100k cycles. A great option if you use your garage door as the main way in and out of your home.

Proper maintenance will keep parts from wearing out prematurely.

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Springs can become brittle in the cold. Look for signs they are getting ready to break.

It’s important to note that regardless of how frequently your garage door gets used, periodic maintenance should still be done in order to check for signs of wear or potential problems. This could include ensuring the garage door is balanced or making sure bolts aren’t rusty or loose. It’s also wise to lubricate all moving parts.

When in doubt call a pro.

Finally, don’t forget that getting professional help with repair or installation is highly recommended – garage door systems are complex and require special knowledge to ensure safe operation at home. By taking into account proper maintenance techniques as well as adhering to regular inspections, you can trust that your garage door will be safe and reliable for years to come.