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!
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 Maintenance for Overhead Doors
So, if you notice rust build up on your spring, can it be removed?
The important thing to understand about garage door springs are 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.
With that being said, small amounts of rust can be scrubbed off the spring using a gentle cleaner. A light coating of silicone spray or white lithium grease should be applied afterwards. If the spring is significantly corroded then we recommend complete replacement instead. At this point, the springs integrity has likely been impacted and it’s simply not worth fixing.
To prevent garage door spring rust, make sure you inspect your garage door parts monthly and to apply lubrication when necessary.