Tips On Lubricating Springs and Other Garage Door Parts

Your garage door parts face a lot of wear and tear every day. After all, they work in unison to lift a door that weighs hundreds of pounds. By taking a few minutes out of your day to inspect and lubricate them, you can ensure your door remains in great working conditions for many years to come. Start by checking your torsion spring for any signs of visible damage, including cracks and rust. If signs of corrosion are present, use a rust remover solution and brush to scrub it off, following up with a small amount of lubricant. Exercise caution as torsion springs are under heavy tension. Under no circumstances should you place your fingers in or around the springs. Ask for help from a local garage repair company if you’re unsure.

Lubricating Rollers, Brackets, & Other Moving Parts

In addition to your garage door springs, it’s a good idea to lubricate every moving part of your garage door: springs, chains,rollers, brackets, hinges, etc. This is an easy DIY maintenance job that will keep your garage door opening much more smoothly and help the components to last longer.

Make sure to only use a specialty garage door lubricant. WD-40 and other oils can cause the parts of your garage door to prematurely rust. WD-40 is actually a solvent and not a lubricant, so it can be used to clean parts like the rails, but you should only use an oil specifically designed for garage doors to lubricate, such as lithium grease and silicone. You can also check your owner’s manual for specific recommendations. Use a brush to get into the cracks and be liberal. You don’t need it to drip and make a mess, but you should get deep within any grooves to keep it running smoothly. Open the door halfway during the process for access to all areas, and open and close the door a few times to distribute lubricant before wiping away the excess.

Maintain Your Garage Components For Best Performance

By taking proper care of your garage components, you can ensure your door will remain reliable for a long time. EDH-Serrano offers tune-ups and regular maintenance checks for both residential and commercial garages of any brand. Regular inspections offer an affordable way to keep your garage in good shape and prevent costly repairs.

Established in 2000, we have experience in repairing residential and commercial garage doors for almost 20 years. EDH Serrano Garage Door Repair company has certified technicians who are fully trained. Rain or shine, we are one phone call away.

Inspect for Torsion Springs for Wear & Damage

While you are at it, you should visually inspect your springs for wear and damage. Look for any signs of rust, fraying, brittle or damaged springs. Just look. Don’t touch. If the springs look damaged, give us a call right away. We offer emergency garage door repairs and inspection to the El Dorado Hills area and the surrounding communities.

These springs are under an incredible amount of tension and can cause serious injury if they break or are suddenly released. They require the proper tools and expertise of a professional to be able to be repaired safely and correctly.

Never Repair or Replace Your Garage Door Springs Yourself

A word of caution: Under no circumstances should you attempt to repair or replace your garage door springs. These springs are under an incredible amount of tension. If they should suddenly snap, they can cause serious bodily injury — even death. Repairing garage door springs requires the tools and expertise of a professional. It simply isn’t worth the risk.

If you’re dealing with a commercial garage door, you can always count on us to help you solve the problem! Home or business, we’re here to solve your garage worries.

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Prevention Of a Broken Garage Door Spring

Springs are a common point of failure in any garage door system. All springs are rated to last a certain number of cycles, the most common being 10,000. By determining how often you open and close your door, you can better estimate when it may break. You can help ensure it lasts the full rated life by having your repair company perform frequent tune-ups throughout the year. It’s best to replace a spring at the end of its life cycle, before it breaks. A broken spring is usually easy to diagnose as it’ll be cleanly snapped in two and your door won’t operate at all. Don’t try to remove it on your own as garage spring replacement is a dangerous task best left to the pros.