This blog isn’t about spending your Spring Break inside your garage. While that may sound pretty dull, this blog is about something much worse. A broken torsion spring inside your garage. If you’ve ever experienced it, you’ll be familiar with the sudden “BANG” coming from your garage. It’s definitely not a good sign, and it will need replacing as soon as possible.
So, to prevent this from being your plans for this year, let’s look at some of the causes of broken garage door springs and how to prevent it from happening.
What causes a broken garage door spring?
One of the main causes of broken springs is not maintaining your garage door and all its parts properly. Checking your garage door springs regularly will allow you to notice any wear in them that might need checking out. If you can detect a potential problem early, then you can get it checked out and fixed by a professional before it worsens.
Springs will gradually become worn as they are used. The more you use your garage door, the quicker this will happen. Keeping the springs lubricated will help to maintain their condition over time. If the springs become rusted, then the friction and wear will worsen, so be on the lookout for signs of rust and corrosion.
A garage door spring might also break as a result of improper installation. If the wrong sized spring or the wrong type of spring was used, or if it wasn’t installed correctly, then the condition of the spring will deteriorate much quicker than it otherwise would.
How to prevent it
We’ve already mentioned keeping your springs well-lubricated to reduce wear as a result of friction. Even just applying lubricant a couple of times a year can help to keep them in good condition. Just apply a basic petroleum-based lubricant and wipe off the excess. Avoid using WD-40 for this purpose.
Our other tip is to simply stay on top of your garage door maintenance. Perform your own visual checks regularly and be observant about the way your door operates to detect problems with your spring. Call out a professional technician for additional maintenance and repairs whenever they are needed – if your door starts making unusual noises, for example.
If you need a garage door installer or repair technician to check on your garage door springs, then you can get in touch with Action Overhead Door for our expertise around Savannah, Georgia.