Step-by-step guide to easily replacing your garage door springs in Katy, TX
Extension springs run on both sides of overhead garage doors and differ from the torsion spring that runs along the front portion of the overhead garage door. Changing garage door extension springs is a relatively minor job if done properly.
As a homeowner, do not try to replace torsion springs on your own. They are wound tight and only trained and experienced garage door professionals should replace torsion springs.
To change your garage door's extension springs, follow these steps.
1. Secure your garage door first
Before beginning this process, unplug your garage door opener from power source. Fully open your garage door and secure it using clamps. C-clamps, piece of lumber or locking pliers work best. Clamp the door just under the garage door roller at the bottom on both sides of the door. Test to ensure it is holding firmly. If using piece of lumber, prop the garage door open by placing it next to the roller tracks on the two sides of the door.
2. Detach, then remove broken spring
Be careful when unfastening the springs. They are flexible and could be wound tight. First, detach the spring from the mounting point before releasing the end that attaches to the end cable. Inspect other parts like the pulley and cables to ensure they are still in good working condition before moving forward.
3. Buy comparable springs from local hardware store or garage door seller
Take the removed spring to your local hardware store or overhead garage door retailer. Be sure to go with the spring you just removed to ensure you buy the right spring of the same size, diameter and wire gauge. Using the wrong spring could cause your garage door to malfunction. Confirm that the spring ends on the new springs match to the old spring you are replacing. Buy two springs and replace both at the same time to help balance the load on the springs.
4. Install the new garage door springs
Using the spring still attached to the other side of your garage door as sample, install the new garage door spring. Ensure you use the same measurement as the old spring when installing the new spring. The new spring should not stretch when the garage door is in fully open position and both door pulleys should not touch when the door is closed.
5. Attach the safety cable you removed earlier
Reattach the safety cable when you have completed installing the spring. Be sure the spring is installed correctly to avoid damage to your garage door during operation.
6. Replace the second garage door spring
Go to the other side of your garage door and following the steps above, remove and install the other door spring. Use the spring you installed earlier as a guide for the second installation. Do not forget to reattach the safety cables once you finish installing the second spring.
7. Remove garage door support
If you are sure the springs on both sides of the garage door and safety cables are installed and attached properly, be careful and remove the garage door support. How you do this depends on the type of support you applied above; piece of lumber, C-clamps or locking pliers.
8. Carefully adjust your garage door springs
Adjust your garage door springs as needed. When all necessary adjustments are complete, plug your garage door opener to the power source and test your garage door springs. Your garage door should function without problems if all steps above were completed properly. If you need help installing garage door spring in Katy, Texas, contact the Katy garage door specialists.