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Garage Door Repair: Why You Should Switch From Extension Springs To Torsion Springs

All garage doors rely on one of two different springs: torsion springs or extension springs. Extension springs are installed at the sides of the garage doors and will extend as more force is applied. On the other hand, torsion springs are found at the upper section of the garage doors and twist and coil as pressure is applied. Most garage doors have extension springs; however, if your extension springs have broken and need to be repaired by professionals like America's Garage Doors LLC, here's why you should take the opportunity to switch to torsion springs.

Why Extension Springs Have Been More Popular Than Torsion Springs

Most homeowners are under the impression that since most garage doors incorporates extension springs rather than torsion springs, then extension springs are the better design; however, this is wrong. Most of the newer garage door models rely on torsion springs instead and extension springs are only reserved for instances when there is low headroom in the garage or if there is insufficient space for rear torsion springs to be installed. Torsion springs are actually growing in popularity due to the fact they have properties advantageous than extension springs.

Benefits Torsion Springs Can Offer Over Extension Springs

If your extension springs have snapped, then you should highly consider switching over to torsion springs due to the many benefits you can reap. Some benefits include:

  • a longer lifespan. Torsion springs tend to be much stronger than extension springs, and will have a longer lifespan. The approximate lifespan of extension springs is between 5,000 to 10,000 lifts. In comparison, extension springs are estimated to have a lifespan between 15,000 to 20,000 lifts. That's a substantial difference, as you can get many more years of wear from torsion springs.
  • less parts; thus, less maintenance. Extension springs require more parts. When more parts are required, then more things can go wrong, and more maintenance is needed. Extension springs require longer cables, and the design of extension springs causes wear and tear to happen to surrounding parts. In comparison, torsion springs only need to be lubricated occasionally in order to maintain their performance and their condition.
  • less wear on the operator. Torsion springs place less strain on the operator. Torsion springs tend to have a more controlled motion, and the operators can benefit as they are better balanced. In short, homeowners can expect fewer problems with their operator, which means lower maintenance and repair costs.
  • fewer problems and higher safety. Depending on the condition of the extension springs, the garage doors may fall when they are released or open on their own. If the garage door relies on extension springs, it will fall instead of staying in place when it is released if the extension springs are worn out. In addition, if the extension springs are too strong, the garage doors may open on their own. Homeowners will run into fewer operational problems if they switch to torsion springs.
  • higher safety for when the springs snap. There are many horror stories associated with extension springs snapping. When these springs snap, they will fly anywhere and can cause some serious damage. In comparison, when torsion springs snap, the springs will stay on the shaft.


Torsion springs are becoming highly recommended by garage door repair specialists and technicians. If your garage door relies on extension springs, replace them with torsion springs the next time the extension springs need to be replaced. Keep in mind if your garage door relies on extension springs, you will need to pay close attention to the condition of the springs in order to ensure they do not snap unexpectedly.