Garage springs are tricky to take care of. They’re under constant pressure, and that makes them prime candidates for wear and tear. But because they’re under all of that pressure, it’s dangerous for your to fix them on your own. Here are a few ways to safely make your springs last as long as possible.
Know how long your springs are supposed to last.
The best way to take care of your door is to know more about its parts. Most springs are designed to last roughly ten thousand cycles. A “cycle” is every time the door opens and shuts. If you park your car in the garage every day and use it every day, then the springs should last roughly thirteen years. Once you know that your springs should be in working conditions for the next five or ten years, you can be more on the ball when things go wrong.
It’s also important to know what sort of springs your garage door should have. There are longer-lasting torsion springs built for homeowners who use their garages all the time, and there are different springs for every circumstance in between “rarely using it” and “using the door multiple times a day.”
Check for rust and corrosion on your door.
If you want to make sure your springs stay in good working condition, maintain the humidity levels in your garage. Rust and corrosion can weaken your springs, and that makes your door potentially dangerous once the rust starts to eat through the metal. The springs are going to be right near the most likely gaps in your garage, so invest in good weatherstripping to keep the moisture out. Visually check the springs for damage, and let your garage door technician if there’s a lot of rust.
You can also ask them if there are any DIY maintenance tips that are safe for you to do. Most of the time, springs are under too much pressure for you to try making repairs yourself.
Don’t let anything pile up near your garage door mechanisms.
The last thing you want to do is put too much pressure on your springs, especially if that pressure is uneven. So keep everything that you store in your garage far back from the door mechanisms. Broom handles and bikes can get caught in the springs. If boxes near the door fall over onto the springs or any of the mechanisms, the heavy weight can bend them and make the door operate poorly. The best way to preserve the springs’ physical integrity is to make sure they don’t get damaged.
Get repairs quickly.
Preventative maintenance is the best way to make anything last longer. But the second best way is to quickly fix anything that goes wrong. If your springs aren’t working as well as they should, dismissing the potential problem can make the damage grow worse. Call in a technician so they can maintain or repair the spring while they still can.
…But don’t try to make them last too long.
There are a lot of little signs that can let you know your garage door springs need to be replaced soon. The door might open at a bit of an angle, which means the springs are wearing unevenly or one has gotten bent. If your springs also look a bit stretched out and don’t hold their shape as well, that also means they are near the end of their lifespan.
Old springs also don’t work as quietly as they used to. The squeak, screech, and crunch.
Once you see or hear this warning signs, it’s time to replace them. Waiting too long can leave you with a door that doesn’t work when you’re in a rush to get to work. Go to Advanced Garage Solutions here to set an appointment to get your garage door springs replaced or looked over.