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How to routinely maintain your garage door springs

Maintaining your garage door springs is essential to keeping your garage door in working, efficient order. Garage door springs work with your garage’s torsion system to bear the weight of your garage door so that you or your automatic opener will be able to move it. A break in your garage door torsion springs will force your garage door to stop working.

Garage door torsion springs are always under severe stress due to the weight of your garage doors, which means they are susceptible to fatigue, breakage or other obstructions that may have an effect on your garage door in the future.

Maintaining them at regular intervals will save you time and money in the future by cutting down on repair costs, and preventing component failure. If you choose to maintain your garage door springs without professional help, here are some garage door spring maintenance tips to help: Follow manufacturer’s instructions

Do not attempt any repairs without proper instruction, tools, equipment and clothing. Garage door torsion springs and the torsion system itself are under extreme amounts of pressure, and sudden failure of any component can cause injury, harm or death. Avoid loose clothing and jewelry, wear closed toe shoes (work boots are the best option), use safety glasses and gloves, and work in a quiet, closed area to take notice of any creaking/wear and tear you might hear.

Experience

You’ll need to have some working knowledge of mechanics and some experience. If just looking at a cable throws you off a little, it might be best to hire a repairman!

Follow step-by-step guide

If you’re having any doubts at all, hire a repair man! Be sure to unplug your door opener and disconnect it from the garage door. Check all components (cables, tracks, rollers, bearings, fasteners) for rust. These will need to be replaced if any deformities are found.

Check for signs of wear and more

Check all components for signs of wear or unnatural bumps, nicks, scratches or other deformities. Check the torsion springs for any signs of fatigue or breakage. More than likely, replacing one will mean replacing the other, so don’t disregard a fatigued spring! Be sure to get both replaced. Lubricate door springs properly

Lubricate all rollers, springs, bearings, tracks, and locks as needed. Open and close the garage door to spread the lubricant evenly.

If needed, take pictures of any abnormalities you may encounter, in case you may need the help of repair specialist in the future. You may also use pictures of well-maintained components to remind you of what a “healthy” garage door looks like. Make sure you take note of the size of your springs, bearings, and rollers in case they need repair; this will make it easier to find and purchase what you’re looking for in the future.

Maintaining your springs will become easier with time and practice. Be sure to have a garage door spring repair professional come in and service any problems you feel that you can’t handle.