Your torsion springs are a couple of the most important components of your garage door assembly. For this reason, it's necessary you make sure they're always in working order. However, with only a limited understanding of how your door works, you're having trouble determining whether or not your springs require maintenance. Have your local garage door technician come out repair your garage door if your door assembly shows any of these three signs:
Your Opener's Gear Teeth Are Worn
You rely on your opener to cycle your door nearly every time you need to pull your vehicle into or out of your garage. However, your opener doesn't actually perform the majority of the work that's required to cycle your door.
The torsion produced by your springs provides the majority of the lifting power required to cycle your door. However, if your springs have lost elasticity (which will happen as they continue to cycle your door), then your opener's chain and motor must compensate for the lack of torsion provided by your springs. As a result, the gears that wind your opener's chain will experience increased stress, which causes their teeth to be ground down by your chain. Once your opener's gear teeth become seriously worn, your chain will begin to slip and cause your door to stop cycling. At this point, both your torsion springs and opener will require repair before your assembly will begin to operate properly once again.
To inspect your opener's gear teeth, disconnect your opener's power supply and place a ladder beneath your opener. Use a screwdriver to remove the screws that secure your opener's casing. At this point, you'll be able to see your opener's interior plastic gears. If your opener's interior gears are stripped, then stop using your opener to cycle your door. Instead, pull on the cord dangling from your operator to disengage your opener. Cycle your door manually until your garage door technician can adjust your springs to prevent further gear damage.
Your Door Opens Too Slowly And Closes Too Quickly
Your torsion springs will wind and unwind while your door cycles closed and open, respectively. A well-maintained set of springs will have enough torsion stored in their wound coils to lift your door back into the open position when activated. However, springs that have lost elasticity won't be able to store enough torsion to quickly open your door. Additionally, springs without sufficient elasticity will let your door slam into the ground at the end of the closing cycle.
As your door falls to the ground without any resistance from your springs, your bottom panel and weatherstrip frame will sustain damage. Inspect these components of your door for dents to determine whether or not your springs have lost enough elasticity to cause damage to your door during the closing cycle.
Your Door Cycles Unevenly
Your door's torsion springs will typically lose elasticity at the same rate. However, if one of your springs sustains more wear than the other (which can happen if your door isn't balanced properly or your cables aren't even lengths), then one side of your door assembly will open and close at a faster speed than the other.
This issue is extremely problematic because it will only get worse. As one of your springs continues to lift a greater amount of weight than your other spring, the difference in elasticity between your set of springs will continue to grow. Eventually, your door will cycle so unevenly that your rollers will become jammed inside your tracks.
If your garage door assembly is showing any of these three signs, then hire your local garage door technician to inspect your counterbalance system. Depending on the amount of remaining elasticity in your springs, your technician will either adjust the winding cones on your springs or replace your springs entirely. If your technician replaces your springs, then set up a maintenance schedule with your technician to make sure your new springs will meet or exceed their lifetime cycle expectancy.
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