Increase the Lifespan of Your Garage Door Springs

When we think of our garage door, we often just think of the door itself. While it is vital to keep your door in tip-top shape, it is essential to remember the machinery that makes the door function, especially the springs. The springs are one of the most critical components of the machinery, so keeping them in good, working order can increase the lifespan of your garage door.

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What do the Springs do?

Two types of springs lift and lower the door, extension springs and torsion springs. Extension springs are the long, thin springs that run along the horizontal part of the door, whereas the torsion springs are mounted to the metal rod above the door opening. Both springs are critical because they absorb the torque created by the door as it moves while ensuring that it lifts and lower safely.

Note Faulty Springs

If you notice that your springs are broken or have severe signs of wear and tear, cease use of the door and call a professional for a repair. Springs that are broken or are damaged are highly dangerous and should not be repaired by an amateur. In addition, if the springs were to break during use, it could cause severe damage to the door and individuals present within the garage.

Increase the Lifespan of Your Garage Door Springs

As with any tool, the springs should be maintained to ensure safe use and longevity. Here are two actions you can take to increase the lifespan of your garage door springs.

1. Clean the Springs

Garages aren’t known for being all that clean. Dust, dirt, cobwebs, and other nasty bits can get caught up in the springs. Cleaning the springs regularly will significantly improve their overall function and longevity. At the same time, as cleaning the springs, you should take action to prevent rust. Since most garage door springs are made of metal, rusting is a natural consequence when exposed to the elements. However, rusting in the springs creates a lack of structural integrity, leading to dangerous results. After you clean your springs, it is recommended that you spray your springs with lubricant to keep everything running smoothly.

2. Maintain Balance

Maintaining a proper balance on your garage door is critical. Not only will it keep your garage working correctly and avoid those terrible screeching noises, but it will prevent it from suddenly slamming shut. However, you SHOULD NOT adjust the springs yourself, as it can be highly dangerous and, if done incorrectly, can lead to an unsafe environment.

 

Do your garage door springs need to be inspected, realigned, or replaced? Give us a call today for an estimate. We want to ensure that you and your family are always safe, starting with a well-functioning garage door. Do you have other garage door concerns? We handle them all! We would love to help you resolve any garage door issues you may have!