Garage doors are essential to the safety of not just your vehicle but also the people inside your house. It is important that garage doors are properly maintained for the safety of everybody. However, garage doors face a lot of problems especially when it comes to the parts. The entire garage door system might fail if one of the essential parts is not in accordance with the standard quality. Say for example, the rollers are frequently exhausted easily because it rolls the garage door up and down every time it is being used. If the rollers are broken, it might be the cause of accidents that you would have least expected. That is why it is advisable to use Teflon rollers for a long lasting performance.
The garage door springs are the most affected part of the system. The springs hold the weight and tension of the entire garage door. It allows the opening and closing of the garage door easier. Because the springs are pulled and pushed extensively and in a reoccurring fashion, they tend to be exhausted drastically. Hence, among all the parts, the springs are most often replaced. If you fail to replace the springs on time, chances are the door might not perform its duty or it might be the reason of accidents.
Here are some basic steps on how you can replace your garage door springs without the aid of garage door contractor:
Step 1 – It is noteworthy to remember that replacing torsion springs is a dangerous undertaking if you don’t have the right tools. If you failed to perform it right with the proper tools needed, you can probably lose your bare hand, your limb or worst- your life. It is important that you exercise precautionary measures to avoid being injured.
Replacing the torsion springs would mean that you should assume for the worst things. You are changing the springs because it’s so old and it is not already doing its job. Hence, expect that the springs will break and that the cone will explode or slip when you wind or unwind the springs. To avoid being injured, always distance yourself from the spring you are going to repair. Use a robust ladder rather than a chair when clutching the bars on the ends that is furthest from the cones. Always keep your hands in distance from the cones. That way you will not be injured when the twisting bar slips of the cone.
Watch out for older cones that are winding. The safest way to alter the older springs is to make a winding bar for the holes on each cone.
Step 2 – Before unplugging the power cord from the garage door opener, be sure that you first close the door. A few of the older garage door operators are hardwired. You will have to remove the fuse, otherwise, flip the circuit breaker.
Afterwards, you may now remove the opener from the garage door. Some older openers will require removing the L-shaped drawbar arm while others have a neutral state so that the trolley easily disconnects. It is advisable that when you replace the torsion springs, it is better that the garage door is close to avoid detrimental cause to the door and likewise avoid physical injury.
Step 3 – As noted, gathering the important and right tools is important to avoid any damages that are beyond your control. Additionally, get vise grips, adjustable wrench, and needed winding bars. These are the essential tools in doing the project. Also, bring a sturdy ladder and a rag that you might use in cleaning your hands. You may also need some sockets and socket wrench to shorten the time you would have to incur in replacing your springs. A file and a ruler may be necessary as well.
Step 4 – This step includes a broader concept of measuring the torsion spring. It is important that you compare your old springs with the new ones so you may get the right springs. You can read “How to Measure Torsion Springs” for additional information.
Lay the springs in a place where you can have a wide space. Measure the inside diameter of the springs, the lengths and the coils to know what would be the size of the wires. Stand the new springs up in the inside of the door. Position the springs and turn them where the top end would face you. Place the left spring on the left end of the garage door and the right one on the right end of the garage door.
Step 5 – Mark the drums and torsion shaft on both ends with a marker while the cables are tight on the drums.
Step 6 – This step include unwinding the old spring. Remember not to touch the screw if the fitting bar is not yet inserted properly in the winding cone. This is to protect you from being injured.
To replace the torsion springs safely, use winding bars that fit the cone. It is important to fit the winding bar with the winding cone to loosen the setscrew. Insert the winding bar to one of the holes of the cone and put a tape to leave a mark. Try to move the winding bar from side to side then remove it. Repeat it until the springs are completely unwound.
Step 7 – The next step is to loosen up the torsion hardware. First, remove the bolts that secure the torsion cones to the spring bracket. Slide the torsion springs toward the cable drums and slide it more out toward the drums. Between the cones, you may notice that there is only a single bearing. The purpose is to keep the shaft from wearing with the anchor bracket.
The next thing to do is to loosen up the setscrews on the cable drum so the drum will turn freely. After which, remove the cable from the left drum and slide the latter from the bearing plate. Do the same procedure on the other side of the garage door.
Step 8 – You have done everything that is needed. So what you need to do now is to replace the springs and reinstall the torsion hardware. Finally, you can wind the new springs and everything is done.
The two Types of Garage Door Springs
The garage door system maintains to springs; the torsion and extension springs. The former are attached above the closed door while the latter are found above the tracks on both the right and left side.
Between the two kinds of garage doors springs, the torsion springs are more popular
than the extension. As a matter of fact, contractors use torsion spring more often
and use extension when using rear torsion springs is not possible. Here are some
reasons why torsion springs are mostly utilized:
1. Torsion springs are less exhausted because they are less expanded and most of the time just turned. Compared to extension springs that are really expanded when an overhead door is being operated.
2. Torsion springs are expensive, but they last longer cycles than extension springs. Usually, torsion springs last for 15, 000 lifts while extension only last for 10, 000. Say for instance you open your garage door 3 times a day; the extension springs may only have 5 years useful life while torsion, since sturdier, last longer.
3. Extension springs need more parts than torsion. Extension springs have sheaves to maintain and require longer cable whereas torsion is easier to lubricate.
4. Torsion springs wear lesser on the operator. Torsion springs are a big help when it comes to the overhead operator. They allow the operator to do its function without any wear or requiring it with more power to be able to function. Therefore, the overhead door operator does not need to work exhaustively just to open or close the door because the torsion springs make it better balance.
5. Extension springs are far way dangerous when broken. Extension springs can explode when broken. It can fly off anyone or anything and can cause serious damage; worst, might end up someone’s life. Torsion springs are safer because when they break they only create a strong sound but stay on the shaft of the system.
Torsion springs are the ones who do the lifting of the garage door when clicking the remote to open the garage door. They release and store the energy needed and hold the door. There are different types of torsion springs that are used in garage doors. One is the standard torsion spring which is common to residential garage doors and is mounted atop the opening of the door. Early set torsion spring is similar to the standard type but they are located at the center of the shaft. Meanwhile, steel rolling door torsion spring is common to commercial garage door. The torsion spring is found within the barrel to support the rolling door.
Garage Door Nation sells different garage door springs that are of sure quality and can last longer than any other garage doors springs.
Watch this video BEFORE you order:
1. Add your springs (we recommend at least ordering (2) springs - a left wound + a right wound) to your shopping cart. NOTE: 98% of garage doors will use a 1-3/4" or 2" inside diameter.
2. Add a pair of bearing plates: click here
3. Add a pair of rollers: click here
4. Add a garage cable: click here
5. Check out and save big by fixing your own garage door. Enjoy!
Garage Door Torsion Springs
This product listing is just for springs. You can order a single spring on this page.
We strongly recommend our brand-new
(comes with 2 springs - best value)
which has everything you need to fix your garage.
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IF YOU CURRENTLY HAVE A 1-SPRING SYSTEM:
Replacing both springs is strongly recommended, if you want to convert from a 1-spring system to a 2-spring system,
visit this link, as there is an equation we must perform before we can recommend the 2-spring measurements for you.
Garage Door Torsion Springs Replacement (highest quality in America)
*all spring sales are custom and made-to-order, therefore ALL SALES ARE FINAL
"From start to finish you have made this such an easy process. I went from a 1 spring system to a 2 spring system with your simple measurement instructions. I submitted my measurements at night and received the reply email that night with the spring information I needed to order.
The kit is priced well and arrived in a reasonable amount of time. Your video is straight forward and easy to understand. I watched the video before I purchased, and I was sold based on your safety warnings, technique suggestions, and the things you said to make sure of. This was a very easy process and I will refer others. Thank you for giving me a DIY solution. This saved me a lot of money and was satisfying to accomplish."
-Darrell B. in Tomball, TX
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