During winter, you’ll need to rely on your garage door more often than ever. As such, now is the best time to ensure yours is in the best shape possible. More problems arise from garage door springs in Minneapolis than from any other component, which is why you should take the following steps to get them in top working condition.
Visually inspect your springs, checking for obvious signs of damage such as excessive rust or bent coils. Once you have looked everything over, raise and lower your garage door a few times and pay close attention to how your springs operate.
If your door only goes part way up and then sticks, or you notice excessive vibration, do not continue operating it. Instead, have the problem checked out before continuing; otherwise, you could require extensive repairs later.
Remove any debris that may have become lodged in your springs by hand. Next, give them a thorough cleaning by scrubbing them with a stiff-bristled scrub brush to remove dirt. Alternately, you may also use an old toothbrush to clean the inside of your springs.
A wire brush is not recommended, as it could cut grooves in the metal. Avoid using water or chemical solvents to clean, as they could in fact cause damage to your springs.
Add a light coat of oil to your springs to prevent rust and keep them functioning properly. You only need a little bit of oil for your lubrication efforts to be effective. If you notice any running out of your springs, then you have added too much, and should dab away a bit of the excess with a lint-free cloth.
While you are at it, you may want to lubricate other parts of your garage door such as your tracks, hinges, rollers, and locks. Before lubricating your tracks, remove any grime that may have built up inside them first. You should also wipe down your rollers, locks, and hinges first to ensure they are clean.
After cleaning and lubricating your springs, you’ll want to raise and lower your garage door a few more times to make sure everything is still working properly. Doing so will also help oil better penetrate the springs so that they will continue to operate efficiently.
Inspecting other Areas
Even though faulty springs can cause a number of problems, they are not the only area of a garage door you should be concerned with. If you truly want your door to be ready for winter, you should also check the following:
The Door Itself
Check the surface of your door inside and out, looking for dents, dings, or other signs of damage. Not all damage will affect how your door operates, but you should consider repairs if there are cracks or holes that allow too much cold air in.
Windows that are not sealed properly may leak, allowing moisture to build up that may later thaw and refreeze. Caulk around your garage door windows, and replace any missing or broken panes of glass to keep as much cold air out as possible.
Garage Door Opener
A fully-functional garage door won’t do you much good if your opener isn’t working properly. Test yours to see that it operates as it should, and don’t forget to change the batteries if it has been some time since you last did so.
Your ability to safeguard your vehicle against the elements largely depends on how effectively your garage door spring works. If you notice any problems with your spring or any other component, please contact us right away to schedule a service appointment.