Safe Garage Door Spring Replacement
Besides enhancing the aesthetic value of the home, garage doors offer a practical and convenient solution to access the house. However, over time and usage, the door’s spring extensions might wear out, needing repairing or replacing. Such a problem can cause the door to get stuck and in unfortunate situations injure somebody. The moment you realize a problem with the garage door springs, consider garage door spring replacement as soon as possible.
When replacing the spring, you must be extra cautious as the springs support an immense weight. Any negligence or error on your part can result in grave injuries. It is, therefore, important that you attempt to handle the garage door repairs only if you know what you are doing. If you are doubtful of your skills, prudence calls for contracting professional garage door repair technicians. For those wishing to learn how to conduct a safe garage door spring replacement, the following is a useful guide.
- Garage Door Springs
- A safe and stable ladder
- An Open-ended and a Socket wrench
When it comes to garage door springs, make sure you select the right one for your garage doors. In this guide, reference will be to the extension springs as they are the most commonly used on garage doors. The springs run seamlessly on their track and are autonomous to one another. This autonomy, however, is what makes the springs wear out faster.
Steps for safe garage door spring replacement
- Open the garage door all the way up and then press the emergency release to detach the opening arm away from the lift mechanism. Take the C-clamps and fasten them securely on the track of the door to prevent the gate from falling on you. As an additional precaution, also, unplug the lifting system to avoid it engaging accidentally.
- With the door securely restrained, place the ladder against either side of the garage door, below the track. At the springs end, there is a cable that goes through the pulley mechanism. Tug the lower end of that cable to the front of the garage, an action that will make the cable loose at the upper sections of the track.
- Using your open hand, detach both the cable clip and hook from the top track. Then cautiously remove the cable until it rests on the safety cable running at the spring’s center. Release the spring cord’s edge from the cable clips and separate the cable from the pulley and spring by pulling it.
- Next you need to remove the entire cable from the spring. In most cases one end of the cable fastens to an eye-bolt behind the track hanger while the other end attaches to the front wall using a lag bolt. Examine which of the two ends of the safety cable offers little or no resistance detaching and disconnect it to remove it completely from the spring.
- You then need to disconnect the faulty extension coil from the rear track hook. To do this, push the spring’s end away from the hanger on the bolt and fit the socket wrench over the bolt that holds the pulley to the U-bracket. With the same wrench unfasten the nut located on the opposite end, to successfully separate the pulley and the spring.
- With the damaged spring out of the way, you now need to focus on installing the new extension spring, which is not all that daunting. The first thing you should do at this stage of garage door spring replacement is to replace the U-bracket back to the spring’s end. Make sure that the middle hole of the pulley aligns perfectly with the bracket hole’s end.
- Insert the remaining bolt through one side of the pulley and the bracket. Take a retaining nut and thread it on the bolt, and tighten it using the wrench and socket. Then, tug the reverse tip of the spring and hook it on the eye bolt behind the bracket, while doing so, ensure that the head of the bolt on the pulley points towards the track of the garage door.
- The next thing you need to do is to place the safety cable back on. Take it and push it through the spring and attach it either to the front wall, or the rear track hook. Whichever location you select, it needs to be a place that is easy to disconnect.
- Sandwich the end of the garage door cable between the U-bracket and the pulley. The cable should go through the pulley’s bottom in the direction of the gate. Also, ensure the cable on top of the lift stays in front of the track. Lastly, thread the tip of the wire at the middle, and on one of the cable clip’s hole.
- Slightly stretch the spring using one hand by extending the end of the rope, and attach the S-hook hanger inside the center hole located at the front side of the upper track. After stretching the spring, adjust the spring and cable clips’ cable to make the slack on the cable clip disappear. As soon as the slack is no more, firmly secure the cable by tying it into the clip. The best way of tying the cable is by inserting its end into one hole and looping it into the neighboring hole, and then looping it a second time through the initial hole, before pulling it tight.
With the above ten simple steps, you will have successfully carried out your first garage door spring replacement. The fun thing is that you have the opportunity to do the steps all over again. Place the ladder on the other side of the garage door then repeat all the steps as you did for the first side. When carrying out the garage door spring replacement, many people make the mistake of only replacing the worn out extension spring. Unfortunately, even though doing so will work in the short run, it is likely to create severe damage. Besides, the first spring will exert more pressure on the newly installed spring, making it wear out much faster.
If you want to reduce the possibility of the door becoming unbalanced or the spring wearing out too quickly, always replace both sides and carry out a balance check. After you are satisfied with the work, detach the C-clamps and the ladder from the door, plug back the lift system and re-engage the lift system’s opener arm.