“Always leave it to the pros” – this is usually the recommendation when dealing with a repair or changing garage door spring. Reasonably sound advice because conducting work with huge and heavy springs, plus heavy doors, is naturally dangerous.
For that reason, you have to really take safety precautions to avoid injuries. Let’s say a spring abruptly breaks, slips, or maybe come loose, which are situations that can be hazardous if you do not fully know what to do. In addition to that, you have to be aware of what is impacted by the spring’s tension. Is it the doors? The cables? Or maybe the pulleys?
Entrusting the work to a reputable garage door repair and maintenance company would be ideal to do and is totally recommended in the home improvement world, but if you are a handy homeowner who is skillful when it comes to tools and has knowledge on mechanical systems, you can practically choose to do the job. You can change garage door spring on your own.
To make sure you are equipped with the knowledge and prepared to do the task, you should watch some tutorials online about changing garage doors done by a professional. This will help you get the proper size to replace spring, which is very critical in the process. Videos will elaborate on how to get the right size of your old springs, how and where to get the right replacement size. Basically, it will explain the job from beginning to end.
If you are up for the challenge, the methods are pretty straightforward, but you have to consider and keep in mind the safety warnings before starting. The task also entails the proper order of steps that must be done appropriately.
Usually, non-experienced people don’t like to work with torsion springs because this kind of springs is often under tension. The following are the things you have to remember and execute:
- You can safely remove a torsion spring by controlling the tension using a solid metal winding bar that will hold the spring.
- The next step is to loosen the string from the rod and then manually loosen up the spring using two winding rods. Take note and be careful because when the spring is fully unwound, that is the time it can be dangerous.
- Extension springs, on the other hand, is a different case because when the garage door is completely open, extension springs have little to no tension.
Other Important Warnings to Remember When Changing Garage Door Springs
- For garage door opener users, please do not detach the garage door opener from the door while the door is open, and you doubt that the spring is broken.
- Do not pull the red emergency release handle. If this happens, the door will crash down under with its approximate full weight and nothing to stop it – a very hazardous situation.
- Do not leave the door open when you suspect that the spring is broken. Someone might pull the emergency release handle on the opener, or someone will close the door, not knowing how heavy it is.
- Block the door track on each side so the garage door won’t move if in case you need to leave the door open, and you can’t have it repaired for the meantime. If you are using a garage door opener, make sure to unplug it.
- If it is necessary to close the garage door, and you have an opener, you can try closing it using the opener but make sure there is nothing under the door’s path, so if something goes wrong, everything is safe. Nevertheless, this move can strain the garage opener.
- Although it will be very heavy, alternatively, you can ask help from a few reliable helpers that can hold the door for you while you detach it from the garage door opener. And then, you can manually close the door carefully.
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