You probably use your garage door every single day, and yet you rarely stop to think about how heavy it really is. This is because you never get to actually feel the weight of the door. For one, if you're using an opener you can effortlessly open the door with a push of a button. Even when you're opening the door manually, you barely feel the weight. This is because the garage door springs are the ones who bear the majority of the weight of the door.
The Power of the Garage Door Springs
The garage door springs that are incorporated into the normal garage setup is so powerful that they are able to easily carry the entire weight of the door so that you don't have to. This weight lies somewhere between 150 and 400 pounds. The average person won't be able to lift even the lightest door up, at least not without any sort of help. This is where the springs come in.
Torsion & Extension Springs
There are generally two types of springs used in garage door setups. The first type, the torsion spring, is a larger gauge than the other type, the extension spring. Torsion springs store and release energy through torque. They are attached to a horizontally oriented shaft that lies above the doorway. This shaft is then connected to a drum and cable system that is finally attached to the bottom of the garage door. The extension spring works in a very different way. It gets its energy from being stretched. It is during the recoil that the spring is able to generate force that's enough to move the heavy door.
The Professional Method
Springs are very dangerous when they are not correctly installed or adjusted. This is because the great potential energy stored in them may suddenly be released causing you bodily harm. If you ever find yourself in need of some spring adjustment or replacement, don't hesitate to contact us at Garage Door Repair Clifton. We'll make sure that you get professional spring replacement and adjustment services that ensure that your door and opener stay fully functional.