Garage door springs are always the first to give out with overhead doors.
It is because springs are always in action, stretching, and contracting when the door opens.
It is understandable that springs easily wear off as time goes by, and breaks when something goes wrong.
Now that the pandemic is here, you have the time to inspect your garage and see if the door needs spring replacement.
You will notice the garage door springs are broken when you open the door, and it feels heavier. You’re faced with resistance, making it difficult to open the garage door.
That or there’s a loud booming sound when you open or close the overhead door.
That requires you to replace the springs.
Types of Garage Springs
The two types of garage springs are torsion springs and extension springs.
How do you spot the difference?
Torsion springs twist and create a torque while extension springs expand and contract.
Look at the sides of the door and inspect what kind of garage spring your door has.
If the spring is long and a bit thin and placed parallel to the door’s tracks, then you have an extension spring.
When the spring is located at the sectional, and it looks like a rod, then you have torsion springs.
Now that you know the physical difference between these garage springs, it is time to find out how to replace it.
If you’re from Ottawa, we can simply do this for you.
Here are ways to replace your garage door spring replacement.
Extension spring replacement can be done at home with due diligence and caution.
For this project, you’ll need; C-clams, lineman’s pliers, a socket and crescent wrench, duck tape, a step stool, a 6-foot ladder, and the replacement springs.
Remove the car from the garage.
Unplug the door opener.
Open the garage door and put the ladder under the door opening.
The door’s bottom should rest on top of the opener.
Put the c-clamps under the roller on the track.
Remove the safety cable and the pulley it is attached on. Use the wrench to loosen the bolt.
Place the tape on the cable for easy attachment to the replacement spring.
Unknot the safety cable from its bracket through the extension spring.
Remove the pulley’s clip and remove the extension spring.
How to install the garage door extension spring
Note: Replace both extension springs to ensure equal distribution of tension.
Put the cable clip through the end of the replacement extension spring.
With your lineman’s pliers, secure the cable and make sure it is wound around tightly on the replacement spring.
Put the pulley wheel on the cable clip, bolting it together with the use of your wrenches.
Check that you put the right cable, and not the pulley cable isn’t knotted with the safety cable.
For tension springs, it is best to leave it to experienced maintenance specialists.
That is not to discourage you, but it is a wise decision to leave this to us.
Extension spring replacement is done while the door is open.
Tension springs, on the other hand, have to be replaced when the door is closed.
The process of it involves unwinding the spring from its cone.
You have to disconnect the cable from the drum, and that in itself is difficult to do when you’re new to this.
Your door opener is sensitive, and if you end up touching it, that can cause safety hazards.
Garage door spring maintenance involves closely inspecting it from time to time.
Lubricate the springs and remove small particles such as dust to avoid these things building up and impeding the springs. Make sure that the springs are not wearing.
And when it starts to, call a repairer to replace it.
It is best to know how garage door springs work and have it checked from time to time.
We encourage you to call our service in Ottawa to guide you in doing that or have us to it for you.
Garage Door Spring Replacement FAQ
Can I replace the garage door springs myself?
It is totally possible to replace either type of garage door spring on your own, but unless you're a very experienced DIYer, torsion spring replacements can be a very difficult task and you might get injured.
Can I foresee that a spring will break?
You cant really… Its somewhat like a lightbulb that stops working with no warning. A professional routine maintenance might help spot signs its time to replace the springs though.
Can the lifespan of a garage door springs be extended?
Yes, by correctly and routinely lubricating them. You can do it yourself or hire professionals.
How much does a spring repair cost?
The national average for professional spring repair cost is typically under $200. This varies based on your home improvement market, so your local garage door dealer may charge a lower or higher cost for this service.