Springs Maintenance and Purchase Rules11/02/2013 Back To Blog
Great forces are useful in times of peace but they can be a real threat in times of trouble. Less than a decade ago, more than 300 accidents occurred due to damaged garage door springs according to official data and many more were caused due to the persistence of people to fix their own springs. It is not accidental that there are certain regulations about spring maintenance and repair but you must also pay attention when you are buying new ones and make sure their installation is proper.
There are variations among springs whether you choose extension or torsion springs and then again you must know what type of springs your mechanism would require. For example, when you replace the existing garage door, you should probably change the springs, too. Though, not many people do that and, as a result, the springs are not able to carry the new, heavier panel and they would soon snap. Springs usually last for about ten thousands cycles and some galvanized garage door torsion springs would even last for about fifteen thousand cycles. In either case, when it's time to replace them, you must take into account the weight of the existing door but also get the right measurements.
Springs would need lubrication maintenance about twice a year and you must never get lubricants at random. It would be better to read carefully the manufacturer's manual and get the best quality ones. Lubricants would keep them flexible and this would prolong their lives. For the same reason, you must not keep the door open for long without a good reason. The door is kept open thanks to springs and you wouldn't want to exhaust their strengths. In fact, you should stick a tag on them when you install them, so that you will remember the exact date of the next garage door torsion springs replacement. Keep in mind that springs are mechanical parts and they would be affected by extreme temperatures. Hence, you would need to spray them with special lubricants to make them resistant to extreme cold.