Even though we would like to look at them separately, all garage door parts are connected. When something goes wrong even with a small component, the operation of the entire door is affected. The unit’s stability, safety and operation heavily depend on the torsion spring system and its components. Find out how to care for them in the right way to enjoy smooth, reliable and safe door performance at all times.
Full Inspection and Testing
People tend to ignore the inspection because it seems boring and unnecessary. After all, you can easily spot a problem without looking too closely, right? The truth is that many small issues that can easily get out of hand are usually overlooked. That is why you should check all components carefully, especially the moving ones. Go over the entire length of the spring and watch out for scratches, dents, rust, deformed coils, wear and tear. Check the cables for fraying and tiny cuts. Inspect the shaft and drums for rust and deformation. If you notice any of these problems, you must have the system repaired right away.
The test is designed to give you a general idea about the amount of tension that the spring holds and whether it is acceptable or not. You simply have to pull the emergency release handle of the opener, lift the door manually halfway to open position and then let go. When you move your hands away, you should remember to step back. If the tension is optimal, the door will stay in place or move from its position only a little bit. If it flies up or drops down, then the spring will have to be adjusted.
Cleaning and Lubrication Maintenance
The components of the system require cleaning only if they have sticky dirt or rust on them. You should use the mildest possible solvent or rust remover and apply it very carefully following the instructions of the manufacturer. You must use a non-abrasive cleaning tool such as a soft-bristled brush or soft lint-free cloth. Remember to put protective gloves on and not to push, pull or hold onto any of the components.
The spring is the only system component that requires lubrication. When it is perfectly clean, you need to apply lubricant to all coils from all sides. You should check what type of lubricant the manufacturer of your overhead garage door recommends. It is best to use a product in spray form. In this case, the application is not only easier and quicker, but also much more even. You can also apply a bit of the lubricant to the cables at the bottom bracket button. Lubrication reduces the rate of wearing and makes the entire door a lot less noisy.