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Why are Torsion Springs So Important?

Written by Nick McGregor. Posted in Misc. Garage Door Information in Plano, TX

Torsion springs are what counterbalances the weight of your entire garage door.  Without fully functioning garage door springs, the garage door will likely not open.  And for some reason, it seems to always happen at the worst time! It is usually not very long before the garage door opener burns out from having to work 10 times harder.  This is why replacing the broken spring is very important to prevent further damage to your garage door, the opener, your car, or especially your family.

When They Break

It’s not a subject that’s included in everyday life; however, when they break, the world as you know it comes to a complete halt! How could this have happened?  There are several reasons, but let’s not go there – let’s talk repair and why you should have a trained professional repair it for you.  Another very important factor is choosing a company that offers quality material that you can rely on, not to mention a company that stands behind the product, as well as, offering you the customer service you deserve.

Our Torsion Springs

  • Galvanized, rust inhibitive wire
  • Individually computer-calibrated.
  • 34” Commercial grade.
  • Special ordered from the manufacturer, and sent directly to our warehouse.
  • Rated for 30,000 to 60,000 life cycles. (vs. other company’s 10,000 to 15,000 or less)
  • See the difference in what you’re getting in the picture below!

We have stood behind the quality of our torsion springs and have offered a LIFETIME warranty on them since 1986. To date, we are the ONLY garage door business in the DFW metroplex who offers it at no additional charge to the customer. We also stand behind our labor for ONE YEAR.

Competition and Pricing

Our competitors are attempting to convince customers that they are getting the same type of torsion spring as our company offers.  We offer a low price guarantee on our springs so long as our competitors match our torsion spring warranty, labor warranty, and quality of spring.

Then they call us back and say that they got offered the same thing for a few dollars less.  The problem?  When the other companies show up, they’re going to mention that the lifetime warranty isn’t INCLUDED, it’s AVAILABLE (for up to $450 up-charge).  And then they are going to give you an invoice that mentions their 30 DAY warranty.  Oh, and did we mention that their springs range from 18” to 25” long?

Springs Ours versus Competitors

On the right in the picture above is an actual spring that a customer paid 3 times the amount that we charge to have it installed.  On the left is the 34″ commercial grade springs that every customer gets from our company.  No up-charges, no gimmicks!

 

 

By Nick McGregor, General Manager of Plano Overhead Garage Door

When Do I Need 2 Springs?

Written by Nick McGregor. Posted in Get Your Torsion Springs in Plano, TX, Learn More About Garage Door Springs in Plano, TX

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

Differences Between Torsion and Extension Springs in Plano, TX

Written by Nick McGregor. Posted in Get Your Torsion Springs in Plano, TX, Learn More About Garage Door Springs in Plano, TX

There are two different kinds of garage door springs. Torsion springs, and extension springs, also known as “stretch springs”.

Galvanized Spring

Torsion Springs

Torsion springs are wound-up on a rod above the garage door opening, which in normal cases, there are a pair of them, one on each side of the center of the door. When one breaks the other spring will soon break, not far along after the first. So it’s safe to save money for another service call and have both replaced at once when the first breaks. Torsion springs are located on a long steel shaft that connects all of the cables, bearings, and mounting plates into one working system.

Bad-Extension-Spring

Extension Springs

The other kind of springs are the kind that run along the upper, right and left door tracks and extend and stretch to do their job. These are known as extension springs, “stretch springs”. Stretch springs are not as difficult or risky to repair yourself at home; however safety measures are in order. When these springs are extended while the door is down, they are stretched to potentially send deadly force, possibly lifting a 400 pound door. Stretch springs, or extension springs, were commonly used before torsion springs were invented. There are a few retailers (Home Depot, etc.) that provide stretch springs with their garage doors, but this is considered laughable by industry standards. Even builders do not install these types of springs. The garage door often lifts unevenly on either side, and if the garage door has an attached garage door opener; you are going to have problems sooner rather than later. This is why most customers opt to go with a torsion conversion.

Lubrication is a Garage Door Springs’ Best Friend!

With now knowing that the springs over a garage door are clearly not a DIY project, we here at Plano Overhead Garage Door, suggest that you generously spray any new springs with a coat of 3-in-One Garage Door Lube to prevent the corrosion that is the starting point for springs failure. This is really the only thing a homeowner should do when it comes to either type of spring system.

Do-it-yourself?

Any type of spring can be deadly. Don’t mistake this as a do-it-yourself project, it is highly recommended to take careful safety precautions. We have had customers that had to have surgery, stitches, and wrist braces after failed attempts to do it themselves. It is safe to say, skydiving is safer; leave the replacement of springs to us! Here at Plano Overhead Garage door, we will have y’all covered indefinitely!

 

By Nick McGregor, General Manager of Plano Overhead Garage Door

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    "My garage door spring broke this morning.  I had used Plano Overhead before and was really impressed with their customer service and the professionalism of their technicians.  They stand behind their work and their products.  I have always recommended them to people I know and will continue to do so!"

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    "Technician arrived on time on very short notice.  He worked efficiently and completed work in about one hour.  He even took time to answer questions and go over the work!"

    -Viadhe T.    Carrolton, TX
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    "It is great to find a local company that you can depend upon.  I will definitely recommend your company to others who may have problems with their garage door."

    -Christina L.     Allen, TX
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    "About as good an experience as you can get, the installer was professional about his business, showed up on time, and completed the job in the time estimated."

    -Mark M.     Frisco, TX
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    "Scheduling was very responsive both via email and over the phone.  They were very professional and timely during the install, and even programmed my vehicles to the garage door opener before leaving.  I will continue to hire Plano Overhead Door in result of my experience today and will highly recommend them to my neighbors!"

    -Jon M.    Plano, TX
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