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When Do I Need 2 Springs?

It’s 7 am and you’re leaving for work.  You open the garage door and hear a loud “BOOM”! Your door has dropped back to the ground hard, possibly even lop-sided, and you cannot open it no matter how hard you try.  Your two car garage door only had one spring, and now the garage door is just dead weight.  You quickly realize that the garage door opener doesn’t actually do the legwork, the springs do (the opener just GUIDES the garage door)!  So now you’re stuck and can’t get your vehicle out.  Hope you weren’t rushing out for an early meeting!

Advantages of 2 Springs

With 2 springs on your garage door, only one of them breaks 99% of the time.  Most garage doors will still open if only one of the two springs is broken.  The garage door opener works twice as hard, but the garage door normally opens (possibly with a helping hand) at least once so that you can get your car out and make it to work.  Be sure to call us as soon as possible though, as your garage door opener will likely be damaged with continued use.  The second spring usually breaks within a few days of the first one- especially once it’s doing double the work that it was intended.

Spring Broken

Why Was There Only 1 Spring Before?

Most home builders cut corners in one area to make other areas of the home more appealing.  Unfortunately, the garage door is an area of where they cut expenses by installing only one torsion spring on a standard 16’x7′ garage door when there really should be two. Even though the door will function, having only one spring places unnecessary wear and unbalance to the door which, over time, causes the spring to break due to over-use.

Can I Just Weld It?

Due to safety issues, springs should be replaced and not repaired.  The springs’ purpose is to carry the weight of the door while it’s being opened or closed. Garage doors can weigh up to several hundred pounds, depending on the size, style and material of the door.  Welding the spring back together is a cheap fix, but it is very dangerous and is often a temporary fix since the remainder of the coils on the spring are just as worn down as the point that broke.

Our Suggestion

Upgrade to two springs, find the best price associated with the best warranty, and find a company that can do it the same day.  We offer all of these things and would love the opportunity to earn your business!

 

By Nick McGregor, General Manager of Plano Overhead Garage Door

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Plano Overhead Garage Door

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Plano, Texas 75074

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