Supported by one or more garage door springs, the garage door is the largest moving part in a Madison WI home. It goes up and down more than a 1,000 times a year. The TorqueMaster® System of torsion springs from Wayne Dalton garage doors ensures smooth and safe operation. A Wayne Dalton exclusive counterbalance system, TorqueMaster contains the springs inside a protective steel tube. Not only does the final installation look better, the torsion springs are protected from dirt, grime and debris.
‘Safety First’ For Garage Door Springs
Wayne Dalton designed the TorqueMaster System with safety in mind. It helps prevent injury if there’s accidental release of tension. If a spring breaks while the door is up there’s an anti-drop safety device to stop it from falling. Every aspect of garage door safety must be kept in mind every time it operates. Basic rules apply at all times:
- Never put your fingers between door sections when the door is moving
- There’s an operator emergency release on all garage door openers, know how to use
- At least once a month do a quick safety check of garage door springs, cables, rollers and pulleys looking for signs of wear or damage
- No matter what you read or hear, never attempt to remove or repair these parts or anything attached to them. Garage door components subject to high tension from the garage door springs and should only be attended to by a trained repair professional with the correct tools
Garage door openers are required to have safety features to keep anything from becoming trapped under a closing door. These, too, should be checked regularly to be sure they’re aligned properly. Checks include:
- There are electric, lighted safety eyes 6 inches off of the floor. They must align so the light beam makes contact on both sides of the door. To check, use a long-handled tool that allows you to stay a safe distance from the door and pass it through the electronic beam – they only work at six inches above the floor, so be precise. The door should stop moving as soon as the beam is broken and never move if something blocks it.
- Put a 2×4 board flat on the floor so the door comes down on top of it. When the door touches the board – it shouldn’t take much pressure – it must automatically reverse direction.
- If the garage door opener was installed before 1993, it probably didn’t come with these safety features so consider replacing it with one that does.
While routine inspections and regular maintenance will prolong the life of your garage door springs and other moving parts, they don’t last forever. The lifespan of the torsion springs is based upon the number of times the heavy door goes up and down. A basic rule of thumb is that a typical spring will last 10,000 to 15,000 up and down cycles.
Single garage doors usually come with one spring and double doors have two. Professional technicians recommend that when one spring breaks the wise move is to replace both springs at the same time. Why? They were installed at the same time originally so when one goes, the other is likely to break soon after. Replacing both at once saves time and money.
The Exclusive TorqueMaster System
The TorqueMaster System of counterbalanced, protected garage door springs are only available on a selection of Wayne Dalton garage doors. The System is available on the following door models:
- Carriage House steel garage doors, models 9700 and 9405
- Classic Steel garage doors, models 9100/9600 and 8000/8100/8200
- Designer Fiberglass garage doors, models 9800 (up to 8-foot height)
Compared to standard torsion springs, the system is unique in several ways:
- Its torsion springs are encased inside a steel tube above the garage door
- Springs inside the tube are longer and use smaller diameter material
- Wire cables used in conjunction with the springs is also smaller diameter
- Associated cable drums are also smaller, taking up less space
- Smaller drums makes installation in garages with low ceilings possible
- Because the TorqueMaster System garage door springs are one piece, installation is fast
Leave Garage Door Springs to the Professionals
There’s no getting around it, garage door springs are inherently dangerous. Under extreme tension, trying to repair or replace torsion springs (including those within the TorqueMaster System) can result in serious injury and/or property damage without proper training and the correct tools.
The trained professionals at Northland Door Systems provide timely service for all garage doors and accessories. Call them and take advantage of the area’s widest selection of garage doors and in-stock supplies.