Garage Door Spring Repair

A garage door spring carries a huge amount of tension as it is responsible for the easing of a door’s load. Whenever a heavy garage door is being lowered to the ground, this mechanism also pushes down giant load-bearing springs which create tension. This tension from the spring is the one responsible in lifting your garage door easily with an opener anytime.

Even if you do not hear or see a spring break, you will surely know once this has been broken. This is because your garage door will be difficult to open whether you use a door opener or try manually. Without the support of a spring, the weight of the door will be twice as heavy as it is. In replacing a garage door spring, you can do this on your own. But know that this task is a bit dangerous and tricky and will need certain skills. If you feel like you cannot do this process by yourself, then feel free to contact us.

Determining the Type of Spring for Your Garage Door

Garage door springs have different types and replacing these springs have different methods from one to another. These springs are the torsion springs and extension springs. In identifying these, what you just have to do is to look at the garage door. Extension springs have long springs which run in parallel to the tracks on both side of a garage door. These springs are thin and long and up in the air. On the contrary, torsion springs are fatter, and it lies on the metal rod beside the opening of the door.

If your garage door is older and has a single piece swinging on air, then your door has vertical springs on each side. These are called side springs and it typically compliment an additional extension spring in the air.

Both torsion and extension springs work similarly. Both uses the door’s gravity and weight to load and tense up the door when closing. With this, you will have more energy to move back the door up when opened. Now, the difference between them is that an extension spring stretches for it to be loaded while a torsion spring is twisted whenever the door lowers.

Tips in Replacing the Torsion Springs

Broken Garage Door Spring
Broken Torsion Spring

A torsion spring, as the name implies, can be more dangerous and difficult to work with. Even if working on torsion springs is possible, do know that this can be too dangerous especially if you do not pay attention during the process. These type of torsion springs holds a huge amount of energy, and you will definitely not want it to go lashing out on your way. Keep in mind at all times that these are under a great tension.

In replacing torsion springs, you will need to use a winding bar so that you can adjust the amount of torsion easily. On every end of a torsion spring, you will find a winding cone. This is where you will fit the winding bar so that you can twist the entire spring. To release the spring, turn the bar slowly while pressing the spring against the door.

Garage Door Springs
Galvanized Torsion Springs Vs. Oil Tempered Torsion Springs

Make sure that your door is close when you replace the torsion springs. Usually, a garage door only has 2 torsion springs and if one of it gets fully broken, then you are halfway there! Once you have removed and unwound the springs from the garage door, you will now just have to wind up the new springs in place. For more instructions, it will be easier if you watch a tutorial video on how to accurately screw and unscrew garage door springs.

Can I Replace My Door Springs on My Own or Not?

The answer to that question depends on your confidence and to the type of springs that you have. If you are proficient with DIYs, and you have a lot of time to spare, then you are lucky! Maybe, you can handle these things by yourself. However, for a great number of people, replacing their own garage door springs is a job that they would not rather waste time on.

There will always be a possibility that you will not do everything right. Or maybe you will not get to install the springs properly. When this happens, it will cause a lot of safety hazards when you use the garage door. Either way, deciding to repair your garage door on your own can save you a lot of money. But you need to be certain that you are fully aware of what you will be doing or else, you will have to spend a lot more on correcting your mistake.

If you are not feeling confident, do not hesitate to message Direct Service Overhead Garage Door Company. We will be pleased to serve and help you in repairing your garage door springs.

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