Garage Door Springs Repair Guide

Garage Door Spring Repair Guide

In the following guide we will explain how to fix your garage door torsion springs. First thing let’s understand the importance of your garage door springs, so that you can understand how careful you should be when deciding to take a DIY approach.

NOTE: We highly recommend that you call your local garage door company to fix it as it could be dangerous if you have no previous experience in garage doors.

Now, it is important that you understand that all of the tension of opening and closing your garage door as well as lifting your garage door heavy weight is the springs’ main function. In other words, your springs are very powerful. You will not be able to lift your garage door when one, or both, of your garage door springs are broken. Keep in mind that most of the newer garage doors come with two garage door torsion springs installed. So, you will most likely have two.

Identify what is wrong with your garage door

First thing you should do is to actually make sure if whether or not your garage door springs are broken. Here is a picture that shows an example of a broken garage door spring.

Broken garage door springs

First thing you should do is to actually make sure if whether or not your garage door springs are broken. Here is a picture that shows an example of a broken garage door spring.

Buying the correct springs

Next, you should determine the correct spring type that fits your door. Because the last thing you want to do is buy a spring that is not compatible with your door type and size. You should also determine if you have torsion springs, or extension springs. As we discussed earlier, this guided is intended for repairing broken garage door torsion springs. We will post another guide for extension spring repairs, but for now you should find another guide online.

Remove your old garage door springs

Now that you have the right springs that are compatible with your door, you are ready to get your hands dirty. First identify if one, or both of your springs are broken. If a spring is broken that means, there is no tension on the garage door. If you have one spring that is broken, and the other one is working; you should remove the tension from the “working” garage door spring by using a trench or socket for removing the screws while also using a trenching rod. First get your rod inside the spring, then start by loosening up your garage door spring. It will usually take 30 turns to loosen up your spring. Always be safe while you are unscrewing the springs, and don’t be under them, or Infront of them. Always be on the side of the spring. That way you are always safe if anything goes wrong.

After you have unscrewed the spring, you should start by unscrewing the nuts in the middle that are holding both springs together, then sliding the spring to the side after you are done.

Make sure to take the drums apart

Next, start by taking apart the drum that is holding the garage door cables. Loosen the screws on the drums so that you can take the cable out. You will use the cable again when you put the new garage door springs. So, keep in mind how everything is put together, so that you don’t have hard time putting the drum and cables back when you install the new springs. Make sure to do this step on both sides of your garage door, meaning that you should unscrew the second drum on the other side and take the cable out.

Garage door spring position

When you buy new garage door spring, they always come marked. One side will be black, and the other side will be marked red. The black-marked side is the right-hand side spring when you are facing your garage door from the outside. While the red-marked spring is your left-hand side spring when you are facing your garage door from the outside. There are other ways to tell the correct position of the springs, but if you are a beginner, just stick with what we just discussed

Install your new garage door springs

Now you will start installing the new garage door springs while keeping the right-hand side (black) position in mind. Remove your old springs, and put them aside, then put in the new garage door spring with the correct position. Next, put the drum back, and put the cable around it as it was previously put before you took it off. Then use a trench or a socket to screw the screws on the drum while making sure they are tight.

Do the same thing for the second Spring (red-marked) and the drum. Bring your cable from behind the drum and bring it in the keyway inside the drum and tighten it up.

Final step

Bring both springs to the middle part of your garage door and connect them. Put the nuts back in and tighten them with a socket. Now that you have connected the springs in the middle, you need to tighten them from the side. Use the rods to tighten up the springs. You will need to approximately do 30 rotations or turns. Although these are not full turns, but every time you remove the rod and put it back in to tighten the spring, this is considered a turn. Finally tighten the bolts with a socket, and your garage door should be ready for testing

Check your work and start TESTING your garage door!

You should always double check your work and make sure that everything is connected and that all the screws are tightened up properly. Once you have done that, now it’s time to test your garage door and make sure it is balanced. To check if your garage door is balanced, open it halfway up and leave it. If it stays where it’s at, then your garage door is balanced.

Always leave the repairs for professional

We always recommend that you leave this job to a garage door specialists’ company in your local area. This way you avoid the risk associated with the installation, as well as saving money because you could end up causing extra damages which will cost you a lot of money.

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