You may expect your garage door to feel heavier than it does when you open it. Ever wondered why that is the case? You can accredit the ease of opening heavy garage doors to torsion springs. Plus, the garage door springs keep us safe, and you will want to be more aware of them.
While torsion springs are one of the most important working parts of your garage door system, they can also be one of the most dangerous. For this reason, knowing a thing or two about your garage door springs is a must. However, do not try replacing the springs on your own. Please leave this task to our professionals at Overhead Door of Southeast Missouri™ for your safety.
Fun fact: The mechanics of garage door springs date back centuries, as counterweight systems have been used to balance heavy systems.
Let’s say your garage door weighs around 100 pounds. This means that 100 pounds of pressure need to counteract this weight for it to stay open. The torsion springs attached just above your closed garage door provide this counterweight. This allows for the door to be opened with ease, as well. So you will need to perform regular maintenance, but never try to replace the springs on your own.
Regular balance checks are key for the longevity and safety of your garage door., too If you disconnect the door opener from electricity, manually open it. The door should remain in the up position once it is opened completely. Also, if you pull the door open halfway, it should rest there with ease. If not, it may be time to give us a call.
Generally torsion springs last 7-9 years with regular maintenance. They usually need to be re-balanced within the first few years after installation, but if they happened to be installed during cold weather the time will come sooner. Be listening to your garage door as it opens and closes often. If you hear any squeaks, you try adding some garage door lubricant. If the squeaks don’t go away, you will want to call a professional. The springs may need to be re-tightened or replaced.
Remember, at Overhead Door of Southeast Missouri™ we are here to ensure your garage door is functioning properly and safely. Call us when you need professional assistance.