Torsion springs are devices that lift most of the weight of a garage door so that the door can be opened manually or by an electric opener. The torsion principle is applied via an efficient and economical apparatus consisting of a torsion shaft under spring torsion, which turns lift drums, which wind cables attached to the door near the bottom. All of this apparatus is mounted over the top of the door. The energy stored is sufficient, in an uncontrolled release, to break things, hurt you, or perhaps even kill you.
The most common grade of torsion springs have an expected life of about 10,000 cycles. The hardened and tempered steel experiences tremendous forces each time the door opens or closes. Gradually, the steel fatigues with each flexure, and eventually cracks and breaks, usually releasing its stored energy in an instant with a horrific “sproing” noise or bang. If you average about two car trips per day, opening and closing the door a total of 4 times daily when you come and go, then that expected life becomes 2500 days, or only about 7 years. If you have an automatic opener, you tend to cycle the door even more frequently, and can expect the need for spring replacement even sooner.
Access Control Gate specializes in spring replacement and we believe there has to be a solution to springs breaking. We think that if you pay for springs you shouldn’t have to pay again. If you call Access Control Gate and have both springs replaced on a double door and/or the spring replaced on a single door we will guarantee the springs for “Life” and that includes labor. You’ll end up replacing the door before you will have to pay for the spring.