Balancing the Garage Door03/29/2014 Back To Blog
For the homeowner, an important indicator of the condition of their garage door is the balance. Good balance means the door is working just fine. Obviously, a door with poor balance means that something bad is going to happen to the door and it should be remedied as soon as possible. This problem is apparent in every single type of door, from overhead garage doors or those with aluminum frames. It is even present with homeowners who have automatic garage door openers installed. Fortunately, we have experts in Gig Harbor that know why good balance is important and how homeowners can identify the symptoms before they get worse.
-Importance of good balance
As one can guess, good balance allows the door to operate smoothly. Poor balance ruins the operation, as the door would be too difficult to open properly. This can put a strain on the rest of the garage door parts, wearing them out as well. Eventually, the door parts will give in, starting with the torsion springs, and the door will fail completely, making it impossible to open unless the damaged parts are replaced.
-Signs of poor balance
There are very obvious signs that the door’s balance is off. First, homeowners will notice that the door feels “heavy” and that much more effort is needed to open the door than usual. Performing balance tests at this state will show that the door will “sink” towards the garage floor. Closer inspection of the parts will show wear and tear among them, particularly the springs.
Routine garage door maintenance is encouraged, as it is the key to maintaining the balance of the door. Parts that are constantly cleaned and lubricated are enough to keep the door balanced and smooth, and will even prolong the lifespan of the parts.