Garage Door Spring Repair
- Dylan Alexander
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If your garage door is torsion-sprung, you can adjust the torsion of the spring by turning the winding bar. A torsion spring has a winding cone, and a winding bar fits on it. Turning the winding bar while pressing the spring against the door will twist the whole spring. To replace a torsion spring, you must know how to repair the spring properly. Follow the steps below.
When performing garage door spring repair, you must remember to lubricate the springs to extend their life. Rust can cause the springs to rust, and corrosion can shorten their life. If you’re performing this task yourself, you can use silicone-based lubricant, but it’s best to let the professionals tune them up. You can also purchase proper lubricants, lubricate them, and perform regular maintenance.
First, remove the cable tie that holds the winding cone to the shaft. Then, slide the new spring into the torsion shaft, keeping the bottom end facing up. Then, slide the second winding bar onto the shaft and tighten it. Repeat the process with the other side. Next, slide the new spring all the way up until it reaches the anchor bracket. After the spring has been fully reinstalled, the bottom bar must be removed one quarter turn at a time.
Depending on the type of springs, you can either opt to replace the torsion springs or the extension ones. The former is cheaper and lasts between 8,000 to 20,000 cycles, or eight to fifteen years. However, you should make sure that you check out the lifespan of the torsion springs before choosing the replacement one. If they’re still fine, you can just get a new spring at a discounted price by hiring a professional company.
To replace the broken spring, you can use a cardboard or grocery bag as a wedge. Apply some lubricant to the spring. You may also want to clean the tracks of your garage door. By doing this, you will prevent any wax and grease buildup that will put extra pressure on the springs. You can also lubricate the springs to prevent rust and corrosion. Be sure to use lubricant instead of WD-40, as traditional WD-40 can damage the plastic parts and strip the oil from metal.
Typically, garage door springs cost between $30 and $100. You can also purchase a new torsion spring for $50 to $150, which is much safer and less expensive than replacing your current spring. However, it’s important to note that it is not advisable to change the springs yourself, as it can be dangerous. To replace a torsion spring, you will need a professional who knows the right way to replace it. Depending on the size of your garage, the price of the springs may vary from the extension spring.