Automatic overhead garage doors run on metal tracks with the help of an opener and springs, regardless of whether the garage door swings up in one piece or rolls up in multiple sections.
Garage door springs are found over the opening of the garage door which aids the garage door during the opening and closing process. These springs may lose or eventually break over which needs to be adjusted or replaced. It is important to understand the structure of parts involved before conducting garage door springs replacement jobs. Consult professional garage door technicians about garage door spring safety, they are more than glad to help you.
Garage door components: Overhead garage doors runs on the heavy-duty metal tracks attached to the walls of the garage. There are several types of garage door operating systems such as tension springs, extension springs, or a combination of both.
Swing-up garage door system: These garage doors run on the metal horizontal tracks which are placed on the walls of the garage. These tracks should slant down slightly to the backward direction of the garage. The heavy-duty springs on either side are connected to the frame and hooked to the garage door. Even if the springs have enough strength, it is worth checking the brackets to find out the loose hardware such as, screws, nuts, and plates that mount them.
Roll-up garage door system: In this type of garage door, the metal tracks curve from vertical to horizontal position in order to roll the garage door up and back. A torsion spring along with a pulley and cables system is attached to control the movements of the garage door. The tension can be adjusted by pulling the cables and re-tying the knots to increase or decrease the length of steel cables.
NOTE: If your garage door has a torsion spring located at the center of the garage door which needs to be replaced. Call a garage door technician rather than trying to handle it on your own to avoid injuries due to the high tension components.
Garage door spring repair project:
Garage door spring replacement is a challenging project for ordinary individuals. If you feel up to the challenge make sure that your old and new springs are the same size and type. You should familiarize yourself with brackets and winding bars which will help you to be at ease on the new garage door part. Winding the torsion spring means dealing with the stored energy which can cause injuries if you are not attentive.
There are many online videos and tutorials available for the replacement project but there are few important tips to keep in mind. Keep your garage door close and disconnect the power supply from the opener and then stand a ladder to one side of the work area to avoid the space of the winding bars. Place a strong grip on the winding bars to insert them properly into winding cone holes on the torsion springs. Be careful because over-winding will make the garage door bouncy and under-winding will cause hard garage door operations.
If you have any doubt about your skills to replace the garage door springs, do not hesitate to call a professional garage door technician. Safety is a major consideration; it may not be worth the risk to handle it on your own.