How to Extend the Lifespan of Garage Door Springs

One of the most important parts of a garage door installation is the springs. Every time you open or close the garage doors, the springs extend or contract. The springs are some of the most frequently used parts of the door. While the springs do not get as much weather exposure as the door itself, they do get a lot of wear and tear. Use these tips to keep your new garage door’s springs in optimal condition.

Inspections and Maintenance

Have your garage door inspected by a technician once each year. This can be a part of your annual maintenance visit. During the garage door tune-up, the technician tests, cleans and lubricates all of the parts of the garage door. Lubrication is one of the most important aspects of the tune-up.

When to Replace the Springs

Most garage door springs are good for about 10,000 uses. If you open and close the door twice per day, the springs will need to be replaced after about 13 years. For a busy household with multiple vehicles going in and out of the garage, your springs might need to be replaced after four to six years. Preemptive spring replacement could extend the lifespan of the garage door and its opener.

Replacing the Garage Door and Springs

The springs need to be matched to the garage door. A heavy garage door needs stronger, thicker and more durable springs. A lightweight garage door can be paired with lighter springs. If you replace the door, replace the springs. Most professional garage door technicians will automatically do this. If you replace the door opener, this is also a good time to replace the springs. Most homeowners will need to have the springs replaced two or three times during the typical 15- to 20-year lifespan of the garage door.