No modern home would be complete without a garage equipped with an automatic door. These doors make garage areas more accessible by preventing the need for manual lifting. You can open and close your garage with just the push of a button.
The automatic operation of garage doors is made possible by a series of intricate components that work together to power the door. The most important of these components are the springs. Garage door springs helps to absorb some of the torque created by the door when it is in motion. This lightens the door and makes it possible for an automatic opener to lift the door safely.
You should never overlook the condition of your springs. Neglect can cause the springs to fail, leaving you with a garage that can’t be accessed conveniently. You can’t guarantee that your springs will last forever, but you can do a few simple things to help extend their life span.
Clean the Springs
The most basic thing you can do to ensure your garage door springs last is keep them clean.
Dirt and debris can build up on the surface of the springs through normal operation. This layer of grime can reduce the efficiency of the springs, causing them to work harder to operate your garage door. An increased workload can lead to premature failure. Use a stiff wire brush to scrub away any dirt or debris from your springs a couple of times a year.
Modern garage door springs are made from metal and metal alloys. This means that the springs are susceptible to corrosion if they are exposed to the elements for any significant length of time during their lifetime.
Rusting metal loses its structural integrity. Weakened torsion springs can’t absorb as much weight as their rust-free counterparts. Rusted springs can strain your automatic opener and create an uneven amount of pull on your garage door rollers.
Rusty springs are also more likely to snap, preventing your garage door from operating properly. The best way to deal with rust on your door springs is lubricate your springs.
After you clean your springs using the method described above, use a silicone spray or white lithium grease to lubricate each spring. Don’t use WD-40 on any component of your garage. Proper lubrication will help ward off wear and tear and ensure that your springs function properly in the future.
Spray an ample supply of lubricant directly onto the surface of the springs, but take care not to over-lubricate. You don’t want any lubricant to be dripping out of the springs, as this could lead to a buildup of gunk within the springs themselves.
Maintain Proper Balance
A garage door needs to be balanced properly in order to operate safely. Any imbalances could contribute to vibrations or grinding when the door is being opened or closed. A door that is out of balance can also slam shut without warning, creating the potential for serious injury.
The springs play an important role in maintaining the balance of your garage door. Each spring must have the same amount of tension to ensure that the force applied to the door remains equal at all times. Adjusting the springs can be dangerous, so you should always leave this task to the professionals.
The condition of your garage door springs can have a direct impact on the safety and performance of your automatic door. Contact our knowledgeable technicians at AAA Garage Door, Inc., for help evaluating your garage door springs for signs of damage. We can help you extend the life span of your springs through proper maintenance and repair.