Torsion springs for garage door are often installed in commercial or industrial applications, rather than residential applications. Torsion spring coils are wounds creating sufficient torque to lift and lower a secure garage door. The life of a torsion spring is measured in cycles, where a cycle is a simple open and close action.
Why garage door dangerous torsion springs?
Due to the way in which torsion springs are installed, readjusted, and which are considered dangerous and should only be handled by professional garage door dealers or installers. Many manufacturers and distributors, including arm-R-Lite, will not sell torsion springs directly to the public as improper handling or installation can cause property damage, as well as serious or fatal injury to the installer.
There are many instructions do it yourself on the web that make the light of the dangers of installing torsion springs. Unfortunately these DIY instructions will not be much help if an installation go wrong and there is a serious injury or damage. The cost savings of treating a DIY replacement torsion springs pales compared to the cost of a visit to the emergency room. Since torsion springs are most often used in commercial applications, the doors in which they are installed are generally large, very heavy, and are operated by more than one person including customers, employees, and maintenance personnel. An incorrectly installed torsion spring cannot fail immediately which means that others are also at risk when operating the door after installation.
Garage door installers are trained in torsion springs for a reason, to protect customers and consumers.
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