Maintaining the correct amount of spring tension is essential if you want your light-duty roll-up door to continue to function without any hiccups. Maintaining the correct spring tension on your roll-up door not only ensures that it is simple to open and close, but also helps keep it in good working order and extends its lifespan.
How Can You Determine Whether the Spring Tension Needs to be Adjusted?
You will need to adjust the spring tension on your roll-up door if it has become difficult to open but is still simple to close, or if it slides down into the door opening when it is in the fully open position. Reduce the tension in the springs if the door bangs into the head stop when opening or if it won’t stay closed after being closed.
How to Properly Tension a Roll-Up Door That Is Considered to Be of Light Duty
The procedures that are described further down are applicable to virtually all roll-up doors that are classified as light-duty. These doors have a design that makes it possible to see their springs, which makes it easier and safer to gain access to them and maintain them in good working order. Adjusting the spring tension on DBCI light-duty roll-up doors requires either a 5/16-inch Allen Wrench or an electric variable speed drill that is outfitted with a 5/16-inch Allen socket.
Before making any adjustments, make sure the door is entirely open so that the curtain can wrap around the drum. If the door needs to have some strain put on it, pull it back down about six inches. Insert either an Allen wrench or an electric variable drill that has been outfitted with a 5/16-inch Allen socket in order to use the exposed drive. You can change the tension by turning it in a clockwise manner in small increments, or you can raise it by turning it in an anticlockwise direction until the door reaches the stops. Either way, the adjustment can be made by rotating the knob. Make sure the speed is adjusted to a low level if you are going to be utilising an electric drill.
Make sure to keep an eye on the tension as you work to avoid under- or over-tightening the spring.
If you want to generate stress, the door should be raised gradually all the way to the head stop. When you want to reduce tension, the door should be brought down to the ground in a measured manner.
Last but not least, you should check the door to make sure it has the correct amount of tension.
Watch this video to learn how to adjust the spring tension on a light-duty roll-up door manufactured by DBCI.
How Often Should You Check to Make Sure That the Spring Is Still Tight?
For doors that are only lightly weighted, a monthly inspection of the spring tension is required. As the proprietor of a self-storage company, it is highly unlikely that you will be able to conduct a monthly inspection of the storage unit if it is already occupied by a customer. In the event that this is the situation, you need to make it a habit to check the doors each time one of the tenants leaves the unit.
What are the Roots of Issues Regarding Spring Tension?
Due to the usage of steel in its manufacture, roll-up door springs are prone to wear and tear over the course of their lifetime. The quantity of times that a door is used in conjunction with the door’s quality will determine how often the spring tension needs to be adjusted. Doors that are produced by DBCI may withstand up to 20,000 opening and closing cycles before needing to be replaced. Because of this, the length of time before the spring tension needs to be adjusted could range anywhere from one year to 10 years or even longer!
Preventative Maintenance Suggestions for Roll-Up Door Springs
The springs that are oil-tempered and constructed with an E-Coating are quite similar to the ones that are included as standard on the light-duty roll-up doors manufactured by DBCI. This assists in preventing rust, ensuring efficiency, and reducing the amount of maintenance that will need to be done in the future.
A light coat of lubricant, such as a light white lithium spray, can be used to do additional maintenance on your door by spraying it in the guides and bearings that are located on both sides of the brackets. When the door is opened and closed, this will contribute to a reduction in the amount of friction that takes place. In addition, using a grease-free lubricant such as silicone spray can help ensure that the door continues to run smoothly while also preventing the accumulation of dirt on the door’s guide strips. This can be performed by adding the lubricant to the door’s guide strips.
Light-Duty Roll-Up Doors
Selecting Light-Duty Roll-Up Doors Specifically Designed for Rapid and Straightforward Tension Adjustments
It is vital to analyse the tension set bracket of the roll-up door in order to determine how simple and safe the alterations will be. This can be done so by reading the following: When modifications need to be made, the vast majority of roll-up doors come furnished with brackets that hold the tension in a winding bar. This bar’s turning is under the operator’s direct control at all times. Because of this, having an expert door professional carry out the modifications is required, which will extend the amount of time that your roll-up door is inaccessible for usage.
On the other hand, tension set brackets are one of a kind because they use worm gear to maintain the tension while adjustments are being made. These tension set brackets are exclusive to DBCI. This demonstrates that a single facility operator or maintenance worker may safely conduct tension adjustments with one hand and in a couple of minutes rather than hours in the majority of instances.