Garage door springs are an important part of an overhead door system. Whether you’re using an extension spring or a torsion spring, these parts help counterbalance the heavy weight of your garage door. Without a functioning spring, your garage door opener won’t work and you’ll have to operate the door manually. And if your garage door is extremely heavy, then it’s unlikely you’ll be able to use it at all!
Garage Door Spring Maintenance for Overhead Doors
Because springs are made of metal, they can accrue rust and corrosion over time. One of the biggest reasons a garage door stops working is when home and business owners neglect to properly care for their spring. Depending on the type of spring you have, they’re typically rated to last between 10 to 30 years. But it’s not uncommon for them to fail within 5 years if not properly maintained.
Garage Door Spring Repair Can Be Dangerous
So, if you notice rust build up on your spring, can it be removed?
The important thing to understand about garage door springs is that they’re under extreme tension. Many garage door owners and technicians have lost their limbs to a spring that snapped.
There’s no doubt about it – springs are dangerous and they can not only damage property, but life as well. Because of this, it’s important to have a professional handle your springs.
Minor Rust Removal is a DIY Job
With that being said, small amounts of rust can be scrubbed off the spring using a gentle cleaner. You can use WD-40* or a solvent that’s appropriate for garage door parts. Once you’ve applied the solvent, allow it to sit and penetrate through the rust. Once it’s soaked it, carefully scrub the rust using a wire brush or pad. Once clean, wipe off excess rust and solvent. *WD-40 works well for cleaning and removing rust but should not be used as a lubricant. If you leave a coating of WD-40 on your springs, they may end up damaged.
A light coating of silicone spray or white lithium grease should be applied afterwards. To prevent garage door spring rust, make sure you inspect your garage door parts monthly and to apply lubrication when necessary. If the spring is significantly corroded,we recommend complete replacement. At this point, the spring’s integrity has likely been impacted, and it’s simply not worth fixing. That’s when it’s time to give Sacs Garage Repair a call.