Think You May Have a Problem with Your Garage Door Springs?

Why You Should Leave Extension Springs to a Professional Garage Door Repair Service

An extension spring is an extremely tightly-coiled spring system which is used to open and close an overhead door. They can be found on numerous coiling doors, including ones in residential garages, warehouses, and auto shops. On a basic garage door, the extension spring is usually placed on the ceiling. This kind of operating system offers an alternative to torsion springs, that are placed into

a space just above a garage door. When these springs fail, you must leave them up to a professional

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service to fix.

Most overhead doors use tracks which run vertically from the floor upwards, after which they will continue horizontally along the ceiling. With this application, installers will install a pair of extension springs on the ceiling. When the garage door is closed, these springs will be fully extended, and at their highest tension point. When the door is opened, each extension spring will contract, and tension will be reduced. These are attached to the door using various pulleys and cables, which will be used to operate the door either manually or with a remote.

Garage door manufacturers are the ones responsible for setting the initial tension based on the size and design of the garage door in question. By changing the wire size, length, or diameter of a spring, they will be able to match the extension spring to a door to make sure it is safe and lasts longer. Each end of these springs comes with either a hook or a clip which allows the installer to fasten it to its surrounding components. These hooks can either be fixed or stationary, all depending on garage doors design.

Over time, every extension spring will wear down or stretch, which will result in problems opening or closing a garage door. Due to the high tension that is contained within these springs, they should only be installed or repaired by an experienced

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Amateur installers often get severely injured while attempting to work with these springs. If you would like to know more about our services and live in the Santa Rosa, CA area, please call Franco's Garage Doors today at (707) 838-3833.

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