How Does Cold Weather Affect Springs?

The outside temperature has a noticeable impact on many different types of equipment, machinery, and other items. Springs are also susceptible to being affected by changes in the weather, and this is especially true during the colder winter months.

What Happens to Springs in Colder Temperatures?

While warmer temperatures can cause expansion, colder temperatures may cause metal to contract. Therefore, if springs are overexposed to cold temperatures, they begin to contract. And when exposed to cold temperatures for prolonged periods of time, certain springs may actually break. At Ajax Springs, we carry a wide array of replacement springs of all types; so, if your springs are showing signs of cold weather fatigue we are here to help.

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Springs Most Susceptible to Cold Weather Damage

Many springs may only be used for indoor applications and are therefore less likely to sustain cold weather damage. However, there are also plenty of springs that are commonly exposed to outdoor elements, making them more vulnerable to malfunctioning or breakage.

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Garage Door Springs

As you are probably aware, nearly all garages are not heated, and their temperatures tend to remain at similar levels to outdoor temperatures. This makes garage door springs extremely susceptible to cold weather damage. There are some precautionary measures you can take to maximize the longevity of your garage door springs during the winter months including:

  • Regularly lubricating your garage door springs
  • Diverting water away from the bottom of your garage doors (during the winter months, water surrounding the bottom of your garage doors may freeze. If this happens, you may damage the garage door springs when attempting to open the garage doors due to the excess strain being put on the springs)
  • Opening and closing your garage doors on a regular basis to prevent the garage doors from seizing

At Ajax Springs, we carry a large stock of overhead garage door springs. We have all of the most popular garage door spring sizes and can also manufacture custom springs to meet your specific needs.

Learn More: Specialty Spring Spotlight – Garage Door Springs

Car Suspension Springs

Cars are almost always exposed to outdoor elements, making the springs that help them to properly run susceptible to cold weather damage. In fact, auto repair shops deal with around 600% more suspension issues during the winter months compared to the rest of the year. This problem is magnified by the fact that colder temperatures lead to more potholes, furthering the probability of damaging your car’s suspension springs. If you happen to notice strange sounds reverberating from your car’s suspension, you should have it inspected before it gets worse.

Covering All Your Spring Replacement Needs

At Ajax Springs, we stock springs in all of the most popular sizes, types, and materials. This includes:

Contact us today to request a quote or to learn more about all of the high-quality springs we have to offer.

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