You must have garage door springs so that 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 life 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 that you pay special attention 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.
Clear Area of Obstructions
Before you get ready to actually take out the springs, you must look around and see that the area is clear of any obstructions. Working these high tension springs presents enough problems without the possibility of tripping over something or have to work in confined areas.
Lock Garage Door in Down Position
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 that 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.
Gradually Unwind Spring
If you have a two car garage, then you will have two springs that are associated with the door. A once car garage only has the one spring. In the event that 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.
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 completely, then 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.
Get a Friend
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.
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 that is in the springs, taking it easy will make sure that you finish the project without injury or damage.