How to Ensure Springs Aren't Dangerous02/03/2014 Back To Blog
Many questions are raised when talking about garage door springs and homeowners often wonder whether they are actually very dangerous component parts. The truth is that due to the high tension springs can inflict injuries but that doesn't happen easily. There are always ways and methods to protect yourself and family from possible accidents and the only thing you ought to do is to follow some basic rules.
How to avoid injuries caused by springs
The best way to keep a safe environment is to be prudent and act reasonably. Don't forget that springs, just like all other garage door parts, are worn over time, need maintenance and attention. Garage systems are not toys and their mechanism is too heavy and complex to play around with.
* DIY is not recommended. Any attempt to get involved in garage door repairs that might need to release the tension of springs is strictly prohibited for your own safety. Adjusting and repairing springs are not easy tasks but risky ones and you should avoid them even if you are a good handyman.
* Springs do need maintenance. They need to be checked, tested and lubricated. So, you will have a good idea about their condition and you won't encounter bad surprises. In fact, lubrication maintenance would be needed especially during extreme temperatures.
* Safety cables are highly recommended, especially if you have torsion springs. In case of breakage, the safety cables will keep the springs from flying away. They will actually keep them in place even if they are broken.
* Don't forget that springs are manufactured to last for a certain period of time. Most residential springs will last for about ten thousand cycles and depending on their condition it's always best to replace them before that date.
* Extension springs for garage doors always come in pairs and it's good to replace both of them. If you replace only the damaged spring, the other one will wear down shortly anyway.
* Choose the right size of springs. Not all springs are of the same dimensions. You need to measure the inside diameter, length and get the right wind.