How to Convert from Extension Springs to Garage Door Torsion Springs

January 30, 2017

We can help you convert from an extension spring system to a torsion spring system for your garage door. Just use the contact us option to get in touch with us 24/7 and we will do the work for you to convert.

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Torsion springs are preferred by most fitters and owners of garage doors, regardless of whether they are being used for commercial or residential premises. There are many reasons they are preferred over extension springs, including: 

  • They last longer and are sturdier
  • They allow for greater control and more movement
  • They use fewer parts
  • They are safer during breaks

There are times when extension springs may be preferred, such as when there is very limited headroom. But if you have a new or even an old garage door, there’s a good chance you already have torsion springs. Should that not be the case and you want to make the switch, you’ll find the info you need below.

How Much Does it Cost to Convert from Extension Springs to Torsion Springs?

The price you pay depends on the size of your door and on whether or not you choose to do it yourself. Even if you hire a professional and have a large door you should still be able to get the job done for less than $400 and maybe even less than $300. This is a snip when you consider the added safety and ease of use. 

If you want to do the job yourself, then you can purchase all you need for as little as $120 here on Garage Door Nation.

How to Remove Extension Springs

These springs are very dangerous, but you should be safe if you follow these instructions carefully.

  1. Open the door completely and jam it open. The tension disappears when the door is open all of the way.
  2. Disconnect the opener from the door. You may need to view your owner’s manual for info on how to do this, especially if you have an older model.
  3. If you have a safety cable then remove this before you go any further.
  4. Carefully remove the extension spring.
  5. Slowly close the door.

How to Install Torsion Springs

Once you have removed the extension springs then it’s time to install the torsion springs. As with the removal stage, this is dangerous so you should exercise extreme caution when performing it. It also involves a number of processes, tools and parts, which is why many customers prefer to let a professional do it for them. If you choose carefully, this doesn’t even have to be an expensive endeavor. There are handymen who can do this in their sleep and will be happy to charge $30 or $40 for the job.

We have covered the basics below for you in a video we completed on “Garage Door Torsion Springs Replacement”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbwLgxYQe9s. Before watching the video and following the instructions, make sure you have completed the tasks below. You may also want to familiarize yourself with the owner’s manual and with any instructions provided with the springs.

  1. Before you begin, you may want to measure the length of your spring. This will come in handy further down the line and it will make life easier for you if you make this measurement and then keep a note of it. You can find more details on this in our article on How To Measure Your Garage Door Springs.
  2. Place a vise grip on the vertical track just a few inches above one of the rollers. This is a safety measure and will prevent you from coming to harm if a mistake is made.
  3. Make sure all motors are unplugged.
  4. Wear thick gloves, protective eyewear and make sure the step ladder you are using is sturdy.
  5. This task can be performed by one person, but if you’re not experienced then it is advised that you get someone to help you.