Your garage door springs are probably not at the forefront of your mind on a typical day. Even so, they can’t be ignored, especially when you find out that something is wrong with them. Usually, you won’t acknowledge your garage door springs until something has already happened to them. Fortunately, there are signs that will tell you when something isn’t quite right with your springs. Here are signs that your garage door springs have suffered some damage.
You See Rust
Rust and metal don’t get along, and when rust starts to affect your garage door springs, the lifespan of your springs will be significantly reduced. The coils in your springs receive friction through regular use while they expand and retract, but when rust enters the picture, the amount of friction your coils receive increases to the point that your springs will fail on you much sooner.
The good news is that you can extend the lifespan of your garage door springs. By applying a silicone-based lubricant every couple of months, you reduce how much friction your springs’ coils get, allowing them to last much longer.
You Notice Damage to Your Springs While Checking the Garage Door Balance
Garage door maintenance is always important, not just for your garage door springs, but for the rest of your door as well. One part of garage door maintenance should include checking your door balance. This part of your maintenance routine should be done at least once every season.
Winter is a common time for your garage door springs to fail because the air typically becomes more moist, which can accelerate rusting. You also have to deal with the cold air and tension.
When checking your garage door balance, you should first set your door to manual mode. Then, lift your door to roughly the halfway point, and then let go. When your garage door springs are functioning properly, your door will be held up. When your door either sags or falls, it means your springs have been worn down, and they need to be replaced.
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Since 2004, First Choice Garage Doors has been providing quality service in Maryland, Delaware, Northern Virginia, and Pennsylvania. We offer services like garage door installation and replacement, as well as maintenance and repair. We specialize in the repair and maintenance of garage doors and their accessories. Here at First Choice Garage Doors, we work with top manufacturers in the industry, including Amar Entrematic, Clopay, Wayne Dalton, and Artisan.