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?
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.
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.
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.
Garage Door Repair Parts (Holds the cable)
The next step is to gently remove the bar and take out the drum and the springs.
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.
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.