There are many parts that make up your garage door assembly. Each of these parts has a different function. In order for your door to work the right way, all of the parts need to be in good working order. If you get rust on your garage door springs, it will keep the assembly from working.
How Rust Can Be Bad For Your Springs
Since torsion springs are made from metal, they are subject to rust build up. When the coils become corroded, it will weaken the springs. The purpose of this part is to counteract the force of gravity on the door. If the coils are corroded, they will not be as effective.
What Damage Can Be Expected From Rusted Springs
As the torsion spring breaks down, it will make the door heavier. Since the springs are designed to lighten the load of the door, the more resistance can lead to other problems.
Some of these problems can include:
Too Much Strain on the Garage Door Opener
The opener is the electric part that is usually located on the ceiling. This part has mechanisms that push and pull the trolley down the tracks. When the trolley moves, it lifts or closes the door.
If the springs are not doing their part, the opener will have greater stress and strain.
Uneven Pull on the Rollers
If the door is straining to open and close, it can wear out the rollers on one side or the other. You can look at the rollers and see that there is an uneven shape to them. When the rollers wear down, it will cause damage to the tracks.
Strain on the Cables
Cables are attached to the bottom edges of the door and work in conjunction with the springs to keep tension. When the cables have excess strain, it can cause them to fray. If the cables are not working properly for the tension, then your door will become even heavier. That will cause more strain on the system.
Resistance on the Tracks
As the door becomes heavier and puts more strain on the working parts, the tracks can become out of alignment. When the rollers are wearing on one side, or the cables do not have the same tension, it will present problems. The tracks can bend, become misaligned, or break completely.
How to Keep Rust From Forming On Your Springs
If you do not see visible rust on your springs, then you can do these steps to keep it from accumulating.
- Lubricate the coils- you can use WD-40 or a garage door lubrication on the springs. Keeping them oiled will cut down on the rust.
- Brush the springs- use a steel brush to go over the springs. This will knock off any rust or other dirt that is building up.
These two steps will keep your springs from rust. Ultimately it will help them last longer.
What to Do When You Need New Springs
At some point, you will likely need to replace your existing springs. When that time comes, call us right away. Our garage door company is always available to assist you. Do not attempt to replace the springs yourself, because it can cause fatal damage to you.
We can come out and help you no matter what time of the night or day.