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 the torsion spring? The opener simply replaces the effort which you would put in to open the unit manually. What does that tell you? You should take good care of this major hardware component. Here is how to do it properly.
Regular Tension Testing
The job of the torsion spring is to counterbalance the door. That is why it holds power equal to the unit’s weight. If this power is more or less than required, the door will begin to malfunction. It will be hard to keep closed or to open respectively. To avoid getting into trouble, you should check the spring’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 (not halfway up the frame) and release it slowly. If the door shoots up or slops down quickly, the spring’s tension should be reduced or increased. With accurate adjustment, you will enjoy smoother and safer performance.
Visual Inspection Is Key
Modern torsion springs are made to be really tough, but it isn’t impossible for them to suffer from damage. That is why it makes sense to keep an eye on them. Watch out for signs of rust and for deformed coils. In either case, timely spring 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 lubricant which is light and not sticky. You must not use any kind of grease. Follow the recommendations of the door’s manufacturer 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 need to cover all coils of the spring with a thin layer of lubricant. Remember to apply a bit on all sides. After you are done, you need to run the door once or twice for the lubricant to spread properly. It is as simple as this. The spring will run smoothly and make a minimal amount of noise. Keep in mind that the spring cables don’t need lubrication. You can add just a bit on the sections at the bottom bracket button.