There are several vital components involved in a garage door’s operations, and springs are at or near the top of any such list. Garage door springs are central to the opening and closing of any garage door, helping counteract gravity to allow them to move – but like other components that have lots of weight and pressure on them, they require some care to avoid wearing down or breaking over time.

At Crawford Door Sales, we’re proud to offer a wide range of residential and commercial garage door services in Salt Lake City and other parts of Utah, including garage door service and repair for a number of potential issues – including issues with springs. In this two-part blog series, we’ll first go over some of the top causes of spring damage or breakdown and how you can steer clear of them to the best of your abilities, then look at some of the biggest errors homeowners make when they find themselves in any of these situations.

garage spring damage causes

Poor Installation

One of the most common reasons for garage door spring issues also traces back to why it’s so important to work with quality professionals for all your needs: Poor installation. While we wish it were not the case, not all garage door installers are created equal – some will do a substandard job, especially if they’re not fully licensed and certified. There are even cases where a poor installation will be so faulty that the entire door, or major components such as springs, will need to be replaced.

Improper Maintenance

In other cases, installation will be fine – but door maintenance will significantly lack. Garage doors are strong and durable, but they also undergo a lot of pressure and stress during daily operations. They need basic maintenance like lubrication, a theme our garage door pros will be happy to assist with.

Door Jams

If dirt, debris and other buildup is allowed to accumulate on the door track over time, it may build up to very high levels – even to the point where it blocks the roller and causes the door to jam. When this happens, the spring can’t release its energy or coil up to store more energy, and it may cease to work properly.


Another major issue for some garage door springs is rust, which causes them to snap if they aren’t lubricated properly. Rust shows that the steel in the spring is breaking down, and enough of this wear-down will eventually lead to a snapping that will leave the spring inoperable.

Time and Wear-and-Tear

And finally, simple time-related wear-and-tear may also cause spring issues. While you can use many of the above themes and basic garage door maintenance to put these off for as long as possible, it’s a simple reality that after many years of operating well, springs may require repair or replacement.

For more on the causes of garage door spring issues, or to learn about any of our garage door installation or repair services in Salt Lake City, speak to the staff at Crawford Door Sales today.

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