Keeping Torsion Springs in Great Shape07/17/2016 Back To Blog
Did you know that your automatic garage door opens and closes smoothly primarily thanks to its torsion spring? What does that tell you? That's right, that you should take good care of this major component. Here is how to do it properly
Regular Tension Testing
The torsion spring's job is to counterbalance the door. That is why the power it holds power has to be equal to the unit’s weight. If this power is more or less than required, the door will begin to malfunction. To avoid getting into trouble, you should check the coil's tension regularly using a simple test.
Disconnect the opener from the door using the emergency release handle. Lift the door manually until it is halfway open and then release it slowly. If the door shoots up or slops down quickly, the tension should be reduced or increased accordingly. Our technicians can provide you with the accurate adjustment that will make the system's performance smoother and safer.
Visual Inspection Is Key
Modern torsion springs are made to be really tough, but it isn’t impossible for them to suffer from damage. Watch out for signs of rust and for deformed coils. In either case, a timely repair will be required. Your torsion spring should not get dirty if you use the right lubricant. If it does, you should clean it using a mild solvent recommended or approved by the manufacturer.
Proper Lubrication Maintenance
Unless you have an oil tempered spring, you need to lubricate the component on a frequent basis. Choose a lubricant which is light and not sticky. You must not use any kind of grease. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations when selecting a product. Keep in mind that a lubricant containing lithium will help the door to perform well even if the outdoor temperature drops considerably. A spray will be easier to apply.
For proper lubrication, you'll want to cover all of the spring's coils with a thin layer. After you are done, you'll need to work your garage door once or twice for the lubricant to spread properly. Any operating noise should now be considerably reduced. Keep in mind that the cables don’t need lubrication. You can add just a bit on the sections at the bottom bracket button.