If you are a home owner, you may not realize the importance of proper maintenance for your garage door. Your garage door is an investment. Just like we need regular maintenance for our cars, we need regular maintenance for our garage doors. In fact, we use our garage doors more than we may be aware of. If our garage door springs aren’t properly maintained or overused, they can break – which can be very dangerous.
Many people aren’t aware of the maintenance required for a garage door. Not to worry, we will help you understand garage door springs and how you can keep them working well.
What is the purpose of garage door springs?
Garage door torsion springs counterbalance the weight of the door, which helps the door open and close easily. Torsion springs apply torque to the shaft with drums at each end. A cable is attached to each drum and is secured to the fixture at the bottom of the door. When the door opens, the springs will unwind and their energy will transfer to the door, helping it to lift up and making it easier to open. When you close the garage door, the cables at the bottom corners will force to springs to wind up. The spring literally does all of the heavy lifting.
These springs are placed above the garage door and are secured with a metal shaft. The shaft will either pass through the middle of the springs or will house the spring – depending on what kind of system you have.
How do I know if something is wrong with the springs?
If your garage door is giving you trouble, it might be due to a problem with the springs. Torsion springs break for a number of reasons, from normal wear and tear to rust. Luckily, the average garage door torsion springs last between 5-7 years and should last around 10,000 cycles. Once the springs break, you won’t be able to open the garage door.
Here are some things to look for which might indicate the problem lies in the springs:
- Garage door cables are broken
- Garage door won’t go up past six inches
- You heard a loud bang come from the garage
- These is a two-inch gap in your spring
- The top of the garage door is bent
- The garage door falls fast when closing
- The garage door can’t be lifted when the emergency release is pulled
- Garage door acts jerky when it opens and closes
- Garage door goes crooked when moving
- Cable and pulley are hanging
Buy the best products. If you are investing in a garage door, you should also invest in the best equipment to keep it working properly and working for the long-run. If you use your garage door daily, it is a good idea to splurge a little on torsion springs that have a longer life than most of the other springs on the market. Normal wear and tear can cause the springs to eventually break. Extended life torsion springs are less prone to breaking.
Keep springs from rusting. Rust is one of the main reasons why torsion springs break. Just a little bit of lubrication can extend the spring’s lifespan. If you don’t keep the springs proper lubricated, there will be extra friction every time you use the garage door. Avoid WD-40! This will actually strip the oil from the springs because it is not a long-term lubricant. Purchase a garage door lubricant that is safe to use on garage door parts.
Perform regular maintenance checks. Ideally, you should call a technician or repairman to regularly check your garage door. However, you can perform regular checks yourself. Open and close the garage door, but listen for any unusual noises. By manually opening and closing the door, it may be easier to listen for a problem.
Try opening the door, but stop it a few feet above the ground. The door shouldn’t move. If there is movement, the springs aren’t stable. If you notice any signs of damage, call a specialist. Fixing garage door springs might sound like an easy task, but it is actually very dangerous. A garage door with a broken torsion spring can fall fast and cause injury or even death. Even fixing torsion springs without the necessary tools for the job can be life threatening.
Contact Premium Overhead Door
If you believe your garage door springs are broken, call the professionals at Premium Overhead Door. Our trucks are readily equipped with springs of all sizes to get your garage door back in business as soon as possible! Call Premium Overhead Door at (210) 685-6427 today.