Broken garage door extension springs make it hard to open your garage door. Following are the steps necessary to replace one or more of these springs while taking safety precautions. Extension springs run along both sides of the garage-door track. Homeowners should not attempt to replace the torsion spring that runs along the front of the door. Clopay strongly recommends that only a trained garage door professional install standard torsion springs. Standard extension springs can also be tricky.
Installing Extension Springs How to install overhead garage door extension springs. There are two kinds of garage door springs — torsion springs and extension springs. Install the new spring, cable etc. ensuring that the spring is stretched no more than about 1 (door fully open). Installation of a Standard Extension Spring for an IDEAL Garage Door.
One thing to consider – assuming you have 2 springs and an opener, unless the other spring is quite new, you should replace it at the same time, first because it will probably break fairly soon anyway and changing two is only about 50 more than changing one, and because the springs on both sides should be of equal stiffness – if not, then the door will be unevenly weight compensated and try to open cockeyed, increasing wear and risk of damaging the motor. On average Extension or torsion Spring changes for standard sized garage doors average between 150 to 250 dollars. Release the tension on side-mounted extension springs by lifting the door and locking it in place on each side with a pair of locking pliers. DASMA recommends that trained door systems technicians install garage doors. If your garage door has extension springs, you need a safety cable that runs through the spring and secures to the wall or ceiling at each end.
Installing Extension Springs
Features Extension Spring Supplemental Install Instructions. A garage door is a large door on a garage that opens either manually or by an electric motor (a garage door opener). Single panel doors can also be installed with (one piece track type hardware) that folds the door back with a single horizontal track on each side (which is mounted at the top of the wood frame ) and a roller, (mounted to the top of the door on each side. A typical single car garage roller door has a preloaded spring inside the rolling mechanism. An extension spring counterbalance system consists of a pair of stretched springs running parallel to the horizontal tracks.