Torsion Springs Maintenance05/30/2016 Back To Blog
Testing and Spring Adjustment
Since most residential garage doors are equipped with one or two torsion springs, it’s important for owners to know what kind of care they require. These components are very strong and durable, but with a bit of maintenance, they will work perfectly in every respect. A simple test will reveal if the spring balances the door well. It starts with disconnecting the opener from the door. Step two involves lifting the door until it is halfway open and releasing it carefully. If the spring has the optimal amount of force, the door would stay in place. If there is too much force, the unit will shoot up. If the force is too little, the door will go down fast. In any of these cases, spring adjustment will be required. It will involve reducing or increasing the amount of force respectively.
Proper Lubrication Maintenance
The spring is made from wire twisted to form coils. The component unwinds to release the force necessary for lifting the door during opening and winds to load with the force once again during closing. During winding and unwinding, the coils rub against each other. This friction results in noisy operation of the automatic door and faster wearing of the torsion spring. The best way to keep noise down and to protect the component is to lubricate the coils. Each one should be properly covered from all sides. The best way to ensure that the lubricant is properly spread is to run the door one or two times after the job has been done.