6 Safety Tips for Replacing Garage Door Springs

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You must have garage door springs so you can easily lift the door. The springs balance out the weight of the door with the counterweights so you are not left trying to lift a door that weighs a few hundred pounds. Over time, garage door springs begin to wear out or break from use. Replacing these springs requires you to pay special attention to some safety tips and procedures so you can both easily replace the springs and protect yourself from injury. Here are some tips to help you with replacing your garage door springs.

1. Clear Area of Obstructions

Before you get ready to actually take out the springs, you must look around to ensure the area is clear of any obstructions. Working these high tension springs presents enough problems without the possibility of tripping over something or having to work in confined areas.

2. Lock Garage Door in Down Position

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One of the tasks associated with replacing your torsion spring, or garage door spring, is to disconnect the garage door opener. This will both help to ensure there is not going to be any accidental activation of the opener and to make the process a little easier. Lock the door in the down position and disconnect the garage door opener from the radial arm on the door.

3. Gradually Unwind Spring

If you have a two-car garage, then you will have two springs associated with the door. A one-car garage only has one spring. In the event the spring is broken on the one-car garage you do not have to worry about unwinding the spring to release tension. However, the two-car garage door will still have one spring that needs the tension released. The winding cone is usually situated facing away from the door. Once you locate it, then place the winding bar in the slot and press up towards the ceiling.

4. Release Pressure Gradually

As you are holding onto the winding bar with one hand, you will need to use the other to gradually loosen the two set screws until you can move the winding bar. Once that is complete, turn the winding bars with ¼ turns until it is loose. This is not a process to try and do quickly. If you lose your grip on the winding bar it can swing wildly and cause injury.

5. Get a Friend

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When it comes to taking out the garage door springs, you will need more than one set of hands. Have a friend or two help you remove and reinstall the spring tubes. These will require a little precision, so trying to do it all yourself will only make it much harder than it should be.

6. Repeat Process to Re-Install

As you are putting back the torsion springs for your garage door opener, it is important not to be rushed in the job. Re-installing the springs requires the same amount of gradual incrementation that is associated with removing the springs. Because of the pressure in the springs, taking it easy will make sure you finish the project without injury or damage.