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What makes the garage door springs so important? They hold force equal to the door’s weight so when the unit is closed, they keep it balanced. During opening, the force is released and used to lift the door. As you can see, without them, you will have a bunch of panels laid in a vertical line. How do you keep these components in perfect condition and help to extend their useful life? Let’s find out.
Whether you have torsion or extension springs, you need to check them carefully for damage like scratches and deformed coils. Remember to check the hardware components linked to them just to be on the safe side. If your spring system uses safety cables, confirm that they are in good shape and that they are properly attached. Don’t underestimate inspection as it is a primary maintenance task.
The next task on the list is testing the springs to determine how well they are doing their job to counterbalance the garage door. For this, you need to disconnect the opener from the door in the first place. Lift the door by hand until it’s halfway open and release it. If the balance is right, the door will stay in place or move just a bit in either direction. If there is too much tension in the spring system, the door will jump up. If there is too little tension, it will drop down. In either of these cases, accurate adjustment will be required. The sooner the spring system is adjusted the better.
These springs unwind during the opening of the garage door and wind during closing. As a result, there is friction between the coils. To reduce it, you need to lubricate them on a regular basis, perhaps once or twice a year. This will give you a much lower noise level and help to extend the useful life of the hardware.
For proper lubrication maintenance, you will need a high-quality lubricant in the first place. Check what the door manufacturer recommends and follow their guidance when you go shopping. Apply a thin layer of lubricant on all coils. Remember to run the door once or twice to ensure that the lubricant will spread perfectly.