• Garage Door Spring Repair

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    When a garage door spring is loose,worn out or broken, the door won’t open or close properly.
    This can be dangerous if the door falls on someone, and it might damage your vehicle.
    Plus, having to manually open and close the garage door without the aid of the spring is an inconvenience! and depending on the size of the can take considerable effort to lift
    There are two types of garage door springs. Tensioner springs are an older style. They are installed directly above the garage door on a rod running parallel to the opening.
    Torsion springs are wound extremely tight.
    Releasing a torsion spring without taking proper precaution has led to many serious injuries and some deaths!
    This is a job that even many experienced DIY homeowners won’t try themselves.
    They call a pro, and we must recommend you do the same!

    Extension springs are the second type  of garage door spring. They run perpendicularly to the garage door opening.
    Extension springs are safer to replace and can be considered a DIY project, though wearing safety glasses and gloves and doing the job with at least one assistant is recommended.

    Garage Door Spring Repair Tips

    Our purpose this home guide is to help you understand the scope of the job and decide whether to call a garage door contractor or attempt the repair yourself.
    If you do choose professional garage door repair, the information will allow you discuss the project with the contractor in an informed way.

    We also discuss garage door spring repair costs, so you’ll know what to expect. Finally, we include links below that are very helpful.

    These points address repairing an extension spring. They aren’t without danger, though the risk isn’t what it is trying to repair a tensioner spring.
    Here’s an overview of the project – replacing a garage door extension spring.

    • The door should be lifted to the fully open position. A large door might require two people for the job
    • The garage door opener should be unplugged to prevent it being activated while the door is being worked on
    • Vise-grip pliers should be placed on the track right below the bottom roller in the case of roller doors or in front of the lead roller of tilt-doors to ensure the door does not move
    • The tension will be off the broken spring now, and it should be easy to remove using hand tools.
    • If the spring is not broken check the tension on the spring which is held by the bottom fixing connection. Usually a threaded hook bolt. If the spring is loose just wind up the nut until the spring is under tension again. Tight is enough the spring will do it,s work from there
    • Examine the pulleys through which the cables run and replace them if you see damage or significant wear
    • Take the spring and cables to a garage door retailer to make sure you receive the correct size and gauge
    • Most people replace the springs and cables from both sides, since when one fails, the second usually isn’t far behind.
      Plus, so that the door will open properly, you want both springs to be fresh rather than one fresh and one fairly worn
    • The unbroken cable should be left in place and used as a guide for replacing the cable and spring on the broken side.
    • The vise-grip pliers should be moved to the other side and placed below the other bottom roller
    • Then, the cable and spring that isn’t broken can be replaced
    • Once both springs are installed, the tension might need to be adjusted to provide maximum lifting force without overly stretching the springs
    • A safety cable should be located inside each spring to keep them restrained in the event one of them breaks

    Garage Door Spring Replacement Costs

    Garage door springs typically cost $30 to $55 each including the necessary cables. Installation by a garage door contractor will cost an additional $75 or more, in most cases. The time frame for a professional will be one to three hours with most jobs taking less than two hours.

    There aren’t any specialty tools needed for replacing extension springs. Basic hand tools should be sufficient.

    Saving Money on Garage Door Spring Repair

    Borrowing any tools you need such as a driver and ladders will lower your costs, if you do it yourself. If you’re hiring a professional, the best way to keep your costs down is to get several estimates from qualified contractors. Make sure that the garage door contractors know that they are competing for the job, and they’ll give you their lowest prices.

    Garage Door Spring Replacement Resources

    Facts Facts – Here’s a good overview of what’s involved in replacing a garage door extension spring.

    True Tex – This website is about replacing a garage door tensioner spring. We DO NOT recommend making this repair yourself, and this site shows you the complexity of the job.

    Pretty Handy Girl – This site has a number of helpful pictures showing step-by-step replacement of a garage door extension spring.

     

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