If you are one of those people who might be interested in learning how to repair garage door springs all by themselves, then this article is for you. We will discuss the required tools, types of spring, and walkthrough on how you can fix your garage door spring easily. Also, you can save costs for garage door spring replacement.
If you have never done that before then the learning curve might be a little longer for you, but trust me; once you get there, you will surely know how to fix your door, as garage door spring replacement is not that hard. Or at least you will be able to figure out how to do that even if someone else does it for you. So, let us get started!
Before you start to focus on the types of spring, and how to do it, you should be focusing on the tools required to repair garage door springs. Below is a list of tools and material you would need for this task;
- Set of Wrench
- Locking pliers
- Winding bars
- Ratchet set
- Bottom Brackets
- Lift cable
- Torsion springs
Also, you should have safety equipment such as; gloves and safety goggles. This is optional, yet quite important. Whatever you do safety goes first, especially in DIY work. Let us start off by knowing the types of spring.
How many types of springs are there?
Knowing the spring type is as mandatory as knowing how to fix the garage door. This is because there are different types of spring available, and each of them will be dealt with differently.
There are two major types of spring;
- Torsion spring
- Extension spring
However; there are sub-categories available such as; clipped end, double loop, early set torsion, rolling door torsion, torque master, etc. But majorly you will be dealing with the above two types, if you know how to fix those, dealing with subcategories is not that hard.
This is probably the most common type of garage door spring you will find. The torsion springs have a torque mechanism to hold the gate, these are also durable. The most common types of torsion springs found in homes are standard torsion springs. If your gate is heavy in weight, it is more likely to have more than one torsion spring.
Unlike torsion springs, extension springs are placed on the upper side of the door on the horizontal track. Every time the door is opened the extension spring is extended. These springs are usually at risk of being exposed to high pressure that is why safety measures are required.
To protect the extension spring, the safety cable is paired with the spring. Coil also plays quite an important role in the door, because when torque applies rotation to open or close the door, the coil twists around the shaft.
The tension springs are used to apply force on doors which helps doors to lift. These doors are usually heavier in weight. They also have much pressure on the spring, as the name suggests.
Garage door spring replacement cost can be high depending upon the contractor, but not when you do it yourself. Let us get back to topic and see what are the steps involved to fix the garage door spring.
How to fix the garage door spring? Step by step guide
Fixing garage door can be tricky, this is why we have divided It into different steps. Let us walk you through the step-by-step procedure.
Step 1: Loosen the garage door spring
The first step is to loosen the spring that has been broken. You will need to clamp the garage door, and for that, you can use locking pliers and clamps. After that, you can use the winding bar to loosen the broken spring.
Make sure you place the winding cone properly before you start to loosen the setscrew. Springs have a tendency to lose free harshly, so you need to be careful.
Step 2: Separate the spring from the bracket
The second step is to disconnect the spring from the center bracket, place the winding bar in the hole properly, which should be making an angle of 90 degrees adjacent to the second winding bar. After that, you can remove the first bar and turn the spring over.
Step 3: Removal of the garage door spring
The garage door spring is broken usually. To remove the old spring, you need to use locking pliers in order to loosen the grip of a setscrew. It will allow you to disconnect cables. Once you are finished disconnecting cables, slide the torsion tube on the right side, so you can extract the cable drum. Thereafter just slightly push the broken spring from the tube.
Step 4: Installation of new spring and bearing
Slide the torsion spring in a tube, the stationary cone should face the center bracket while you do that. After this step, install the cable drum and insert the torsion bar back. The stationary cone needs to connect to the bracket, for that slide the bearing into the torsion bar.
Step 5: Replacing the Lift cables, rollers, and brackets
This step is pretty straightforward; you can change anything that might need changing such as lift cable, rollers, or bracket.
Step 6: Secure the cable and drum
The final step is to make sure the lift cable and drum are secured firmly. You should keep the tight enough with the help of pliers, and wind the wire properly. Also, you need to make sure to make it enough tight before you set the setscrew. Moreover; both sides of the gate should have equal pressure. And that is about it. You have repaired the garage door spring all by yourself. And you have saved the cost of garage door spring replacement.