Your garage door is an important piece of equipment that you use many times each day. Many parts make up your system including the springs. The team at Neighborhood Garage Door has a few tips on when to replace your springs and how to take care of them.
Different Spring Types
There are different types of garage door springs. The most common types are tension and torsion springs. Torsion springs work in a twisting motion to open and close your door. They are usually mounted on either side of your door.
As the door closes, the springs wind up and store energy. When the door opens, the springs release the energy to help the door open.
Life-cycle of An Average Spring
The torsion springs don’t last forever just like any other part of your garage door. As the door opens and closes several times a day, the springs wear out. When the springs wear out, they also weaken and can’t hold the door as well as before.
The typical life-cycle of torsion springs is about 10,000-20,000 garage door cycles or about 7 years. Most residential garage doors have a standard torsion spring. Commercial doors sometimes have higher-grade springs which can last more than 25,000 cycles or about 15 years.
Reasons to Replace the Springs
There are other reasons to replace your springs other than wearing out. Sometimes accidents happen or your door gets weather damage. If the panels have severe damage, the springs may need a replacement too.
Garage doors withstand humidity which often means rust on the springs. If you notice rust on your torsion springs, call a professional right away. Waiting to replace your springs will lead to damage on other parts of your system.
Maintaining Garage Door Springs
Maintaining your springs is important if you want them to last a long time. Check them at least once a month. You can do this by standing inside your garage and watching the springs carefully as the door opens and closes.
If you notice any gaps in the springs, make sure to call a professional right away. Any gaps in the springs can lead to the door falling. This will cause serious injury.
Keep the Garage Warm
Cold weather is hard on your system. If you live in an area with very cold weather, consider placing a heater in the garage during severe temperatures. Warming up the springs will let you open the door smoothly and keep the springs in good condition.
Lubricate the Mechanical Parts
The mechanical parts of your door need good lubrication in order to keep working well. You can do add lubrication on your own or have a professional to it for you. Professional technicians will place a high-quality lubricant to make the parts last longer.
While torsion springs don’t last forever, they can last many years will proper maintenance and care. If you have any questions about your garage door, the team at Neighborhood Garage Door is happy to answer them for you.