St. Louis Park, MN, September 29, 2022 – TC Garage Door Repair & Locksmith Services, a St. Louis Park, MN-based garage door service provider, is proud to announce its latest garage door spring replacement project.
The customer needed new springs installed on his garage door after noticing that one side of the garage door was sagging when opened. The technician from TC Garage Door Repair & Locksmith Services was able to install new springs on both sides of the garage door so that it now operates properly.
What are garage door springs?
Springs are an integral part of your garage door. They help ensure the door opens and closes smoothly, and they protect against damage from high winds or other outside forces. If you notice that your springs have broken, it’s important to replace them as quickly as possible. But what exactly is a garage door spring? They’re long coils made of steel wire that stretch from one side of a door to another when it’s open or closed.
Spring cables help maintain a balance between the tension and torque on the torsion spring. When they break, they can put too much stress on the springs and cause them to snap. The spring cable is one of the two main parts that attach to your garage door’s torsion springs. The other part is called a hoist or drum, which houses all of your garage’s springs together in an assembly that turns as you open or close your garage door.
To connect these two parts, steel or galvanized steel spring cables are used, but only for operating doors with one torsion spring per side. For double-action doors or single doors with multiple torsion springs, there will be two sets of cables, one set connected at each end of each layer of hangers along its length where it attaches directly in front or behind those layers’ respective pulleys.
Garage door spring replacement process
If you have a broken garage door spring, then you’ll need to replace it. Replacing your springs can be done in a few steps:
Step 1: Determine Spring Type
You’ll find two major types of garage door springs: torsion springs and compression springs.
Torsion springs also called extension or lift-assist are the most common type. They are located along the bottom of a garage door and attached to the header brackets with tension rods that run horizontally through holes in the brackets. As you pull down on your garage door handle, this tension rod is pulled out of its hole and allows you to raise or lower the door.
Compression springs also called counterbalance to sit near each side of your garage door track. These springs provide support for your rolling sectional doors when they’re opened upward or outward by pulling downward against their weight as they move up or out of their tracks toward their fully open position.
Step 2: Verify All Parts are Included
- Check that all parts are included.
- Check that the parts are in good condition.
- Check that the parts are the right size, shape, and type to fit your garage door.
- Make sure they will work with your garage door opener if applicable.
Step 3: Unmount Existing Springs
The first step is to remove the bolts and washers from each side of the door. You may need to use a drill or another tool to get them out, but it shouldn’t take long. Once you’ve removed these pieces, detach your cables from their pulleys. You should be able to see where they’re attached because there are two small hooks on either side of each pulley that hold them in place. Now you’ll need to unscrew your springs from their supports and remove them entirely from your garage door assembly. This can be done by hand if they aren’t too tight or frozen in place due to rust or corrosion.
Step 4: Place Stationary Cones on Spring Shafts
Once you’ve removed the old springs, it’s time to install your new ones. The first step is mounting stationary cones on each shaft where the spring will be placed. You want to make sure that these cones are positioned correctly so they don’t slip out of place and damage either your garage door or the car that’s parked next to it. Use an Allen wrench and socket set to tighten down each cone until it is secure, do not over-tighten.
Step 5: Install Center Bearing Plate and Bracket
The center bearing plate is held in place with two bolts and nuts. The bracket attaches to the bracket on the door and the center bearing plate using two screws. Once the new springs are installed, lubricate its moving parts, and adjust them properly.
Step 6: Set Torsion Bar in Place
When the torsion bar is in place, you’ll need to make sure that it’s not twisted and that it isn’t touching any part of your garage door. The last thing you want is for something like this to happen:
- Your garage door opener won’t work properly due to interference from the torsion bar.
- The torsion spring will break because there isn’t enough tension on it.
Step 7: Install Locking Nuts for Spring Shafts
Now you’re ready to install the locking nuts on each spring shaft. The locking nuts have a square head and are used to hold the springs in place.
- First, put a new washer on the end of each spring shaft.
- Then use a wrench to tighten the locking nut onto each spring shaft until they feel snug but not overly tight.
Step 8: Clamp Safety Cables on Existing Springs
The last step of this process is to attach the safety cables to your existing springs. These should be replaced when installing new springs, as they help keep the spring from falling. To attach them, make sure you have a helper handy.
- Clamp one side of each cable onto one end of a pre-installed spring assembly (not both ends).
- Adjust the position of the clamp so that it can be easily reached when attached to its counterpart on the other side of your door.
- Repeat with all remaining cables until all four are attached properly.
How often you should replace your garage door springs depends on the type of spring and its age. Most garage door springs have a lifespan of seven years or so, so it’s recommended that you have them replaced at least once every seven years or so. If you’re using torsion springs, they may need to be replaced more frequently depending on how much your garage door opens and closes each day.
“It’s always been our mission to give our customers the best value possible. That’s why we wanted to offer our customers the option of upgrading their springs to a more durable option.” Said TC Garage Door Repair & Locksmith Services‘ Mordy.
Who is TC Garage Door Repair and Locksmith Services?
TC Garage Door Repair & Locksmith Services is a locally owned and operated, fully licensed, insured, and bonded garage door repair company in St. Louis Park, Minneapolis. The company also offers garage door opener repair, automotive locksmith service, garage door maintenance, and more. In case of any garage door concerns, contact TC Garage Door Repair & Locksmith Services now for all your garage door and locksmith needs!