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Garage Door Spring Replacement

As time goes by, your garage door may not function as effectively as it used to when it was brand new. The common cause of garage malfunction is the garage springs or torsion spring , located at both sides of your door. If you wish to perform the replacement procedure effectively, you should understand the components that need to be changed and how to effectively do so. Garage door springs can be quite dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing, so it’s safe to take preliminary measures and learn the types of springs you’re dealing with before proceeding with Garage Door Spring replacement procedures and steps.

Your garage door usually has two types of springs that are present: side-mounted and torsion. You should pay attention to where they're located and how to remove them should you wish to install new door springs. Also when one breaks you should be certain the other spring will also break, so it's wise to perfrom torsion spring replacement on both springs.

Side-mounted torsion springs are present on the sides of your garage door. These are long and heavy spring that make lifting easier by being under initial tension with the door closed. Torsion springs, on the other hand, are located parallel, above the top portion of the garage door. They are fixed on a metal shaft that is stationary, to prevent unnecessary movement. Attached to the center of the door through the stationary plate, the spring uncoils and facilitates the opening of the garage door, as it is attached to the lowest garage door panel as well. With this tension movement, the garage door can effectively open.

Once you know what kind of springs you will be dealing with, it's time to start replacing them. Be warned of the many cables you will be involved in and the tension that may harm you if you don’t follow the procedure correctly. Always take safety precaution measures before starting the replacement.

First things first, you must secure your garage door in a safe position for replacement. This involves opening it fully and using vice grips or C-clamps to keep it in place. This is the moment when the springs have the least tension, necessary in order to replace them safely.

Remove the spring from its position by detaching its end, which can be located in its mounting point (the door opening's farthest point). Also, remove the lift cable in order to release the extension spring, allowing you to smoothly remove the spring from its original position. Don't remove the other spring yet, replace the first one first.

The eye bolt must be connected to the horizontal track's back hangar. This will secure the new spring, as you put one end of it over the bolt.

From the door assembly, attach the front pulley to the spring by fixing a U-shaped clip which should wrap around your pulley. Secure this with a nut and bolt to keep the spring in place.

Next, you should insert the bolt to the track flag. Do this from the inside to secure it tightly. Outside the track, affix the pulley, which should be secured by the nut. Once you're done with that, put the cable back to its original position by pulling it until the spring is stretched, noting that the spring is in place. Align the hole-plate with the adjusting hole and tie the cable to the plate. Pull this very tight to make sure it doesn't loosen.

Using an S-hook, place it in the holding plate's open end, then insert the hook through the adjusting holes present. By slipping one end of the safety cable until the back hanger, tie it into place so it doesn't move unnecessarily. Once you're done, insert the safety cable through the spring, making it come out through the pulley. Pull this cable tight and tie it to the adjusting hole to secure it firmly. For your second spring, repeat the same procedure.

When perfroming garage door spring replacement, always remember to do as a set replacement. Replace a pair of springs even if only one is broken, because you might end up with worse damage if you have uneven springs. It is important to consider the nature of springs in your garage door before garage door torsion spring replacement is started, especially in the safety measures involved. Don’t forget to open your door completely as this is the moment when your springs have the least amount of tension, making them very safe to replace.



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  • Repair  / replace broken cables roller
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