How To Replace A Garage Door Spring

Although it is not recommended to try it at home, we’ve listed the basic steps on a garage door torsion spring replacement. This job should be performed by a local garage door company.

Identifying the problem

Why do you need to replace your garage door spring? Is your door off track, can you visibly identified a broken spring? Do you feel that your garage door won’t open as good as it used to due to worn out springs?

broken spring - garage door repair scottsdale
broken spring – garage door repair scottsdale

If you’ve answered yes to one or more of these questions, you may need to contact a local garage door service and repairs company.

The Process

Assuming that we are dealing with a 2 car garage torsion spring system – the first step will be to ease the tension from the non-broken spring.

How to unwind garage door spring - Garage doors service and repairs Phoenix
How to unwind garage door spring – Garage doors service and repairs Phoenix

A certified garage door installer carries the necessary tools to handle this job. To ease the torsion we are using 2 bars to unwind the tension. Once done, we are now ready to remove the springs.

In order to remove the springs, we need to un-screw it from the center bearing plate (By using a 9/16 socket ranch) and un-screw the drum.

How to replace garage door spring
How to replace garage door spring

Garage Door Repair Parts (Holds the cable)

Garage Door Repair Parts (Drum)
Garage Door Repair Parts (Drum)

The next step is to gently remove the bar and take out the drum and the springs.

Garage Door Broken Spring Repair
Garage Door Broken Spring Repair

Cables are under a lot of constant tension.  At the same time, they are being wound around a drum every time the door is opened and closed.  All of this causes wear and tear on the cables themselves.  Although they are made of steel, over time this wear and tear could cause the cables to break.  Without the cables, the door cannot be lifted. This is why we recommend replacing the cable while servicing your garage door springs.

broken garage door cable
Broken garage door cable

Installation

Our technician will promptly install the new springs and cables. In order to finish the job, simply reverse the process using the new parts.

Please be aware that the springs are color coded. In most cases – the red spring will be installed on the left and the black on the right.

color coded garage door springs
color coded garage door springs

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