Common Torsion Spring Problems02/18/2015 Back To Blog
Garage door springs come in two types, extension and torsion springs. The latter are attached above the opening, while extension springs are found above the door’s upper tracks. Torsion springs use a torque to open or close garage doors and slowly twist and coil when applied with force. There are different varieties of torsion springs, from standard to EZ-sets. Most experts find this type of spring to be more reliable, for those springs offer more support and strength. They also offer better balance and are safer to use since they have fewer parts. However, torsion springs also have a lifespan and due to several factors, they may get damaged. If broken, this part of your door needs to be fixed by a professional for it may be hazardous.
What Causes Torsion Spring Failure?
One typical problem that might come from your torsion springs is the development of rust. Any hardware that develops rust is already open to damage. Rust on torsion overhead door springs may increase friction and corrosion on the coil, which are likely to weaken it. However, rust is easy to address. You can deal with it even before it comes by spraying lubricant on the coil once every three months. This will also lubricate the springs for a smoother operation.
Aside from rust buildup, incorrect springs installed may also cause failure. Torsion springs come in variety, and it is not uncommon for technicians to install incorrect products, especially if they are not careful in checking the right type of spring to use. Be sure to use the specified type, size and length of spring for your overhead door. General wear and tear may also cause spring failure. Since springs, regardless of type, have a certain lifespan, they can only be as good as their maximum life expectancy. If you think your springs have served their purpose, prepare for replacement.
Poor Door Maintenance
Poor garage door maintenance may also cause spring failure. Maintenance is important for it can extend the life of the entire door system, and not just the springs. This will ensure that the springs are properly lubricated and smoothly operating. Maintenance prevents annoying emergency failures, and more importantly accidents and injuries that may compromise the safety of your loved ones. This will also ensure that the springs are balanced and the door is still. You may avoid hazardous problems related to your springs if you regularly have your door and its parts inspected.