Does your garage door need new torsion springs? This can be a big job and before you decide to tackle a garage door torsion spring replacement on your own, there are a few things to consider. Even if you’ve replaced the extension spring yourself, replacing the torsion spring is a completely different animal. First, you have to find the right replacement spring and then the replacement itself can be downright dangerous.
Since your garage door is good for about seven years before the springs will need to be replaced, this is a common situation. Replacing the torsion spring is complicated and should only be done by someone who understands the mechanics of the system. This can be a dangerous job if not done correctly.
If you decide to tackle it yourself, you must take the right precautions. The tension in the spring must be safely released before any work can begin. Releasing the tension in the spring is where the danger comes in and if you’re not careful, it is possible to lose a finger or worse. This is why it is recommended to leave torsion spring replacement to the professionals.
If you still want to try this job yourself, be sure to take a few precautions. First as mentioned earlier, release all of the tension from the current torsion spring. Never touch the cable drum and make sure you never use a screwdriver to wind the spring off or on.
Always be sure to insert a well-fitting bar into the winding core before you loosen the setscrews. This ensures you can control the spring. Do not use a box wrench or a socket wrench to loosen the touch screw. There are special tools for this. Last, after the spring is wound, do not touch the bracket.
Even though you have completed numerous DIY projects, consider hiring a professional for a garage door torsion spring replacement. This is a dangerous task and someone could get hurt.