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Is It Safe to Remove Rust from Garage Door Springs?

09/30/2017

Remove Rust From SpringsGarage 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. Believe it or not, garage door springs actually do most of the lifting and lowering of the door; the opener just tells them what to do and when, and helps keep the door on track. 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 garage door 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 the springs. 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?

Maybe.

The important thing to understand about garage door springs is that they’re under extreme tension. Many garage door owners and even professional 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 replacing 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, as long as the rust is limited to the surface of the spring and hasn’t corroded the structure of the spring yet. 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 for garage door parts. You can easily find lubricant specific to garage doors at any hardware or home improvement store; and you really should, because you should be checking and lubricating the infrastructure of your garage door every so often to prevent damage.

Caring for and Inspecting Your Garage Door Springs

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 Door Repair a call. We serve residents of Seattle, Sacramento, LA and each metropolis’ surrounding areas. We’ve got years of experience dealing with broken garage door springs, so we know how to replace them safely. Don’t put yourself at risk; give us a call anytime, 24/7 to get garage door service for big issues like this ASAP.

How to Adjust Brackets if Door Off Track

If you’ve ever had your garage door jump the track, fixing the problem is one thing. Preventing it from happening again is another thing altogether. Take a close look at the brackets that hold the door in place. Look for any screws or bolts that have come loose. Tighten them down with screwdrivers or an adjustable wrench. Check to be sure that the vertical portion of the tracks is perfectly straight. Use a carpenter’s level for accuracy. If they are not straight, adjust them by loosening the screws, leveling the track gently with a rubber mallet. Once it’s straight, retighten the screws. Give the rollers and brackets a healthy dose of silicone spray.

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