How To Replace And Fix Broken Garage Door Spring?
Your ordinary looking garage door consists of many small mechanical parts and the springs are probably the most important thing in any garage door. When it comes to lowering and raising your garage door, springs play the most important part. They are the parts that provide the huge and cumbersome door with the flexibility it needs while moving up and down.
The spring is the most heavily used part and comes under extreme wear and tear. Garage door springs are often pretty sturdy and durable but they do break and sometimes tend to become faulty. Fixing the spring of your garage door is not a job for everyone – you need to have proper knowledge before you go about opening and then replacing the spring on your garage door.
In this article, we will provide you with everything you need to know on how to replace and fix the broken garage door spring.
Removing Broken Garage Door Springs:
Before you begin fixing your broken spring in your garage door repairing process, it is important to first remove the old spring. Remove the opener, so that the door remains lowered and you can easily work your way. You should loosen the set screws now. Now it is time to unwind the spring with the help of two unwinding bars. Both the winding bars will be working on one spring at a time.
One bar will hold the spring firmly at its place while the other will unwind the spring. Once the spring begins to get lose, start pushing it to the end bracket. Repeat the same procedure with other spring.
Now that you have removed the spring, it is time to look for other faulty parts too. This is important as you won’t be opening your garage door daily. Check the tubes and look for any faulty part, clean the parts that are rusty before you start fixing the springs of your garage door.
Fixing the Broken Garage Door Spring
Always keep in mind that installing new springs to your garage door is easy. The difficult part is, when it comes to repairing a faulty spring. Also, it is hard to get your hands on the original springs made by the same manufacturer who manufactured the garage door. Secondly, installing new springs can lead to other serious issues with your garage door.
After you have dissembled the springs, it is now time to oil them. Many problems with garage doors are often only because of a rusty spring. We recommend using a quality Mobil oil when lubricating the spring. Just put the springs on a clean piece of paper and lubricate them with the help of some brush. Once you are done oiling the springs, keep them untouched for some time and then fix them back.
Look for Particles That Maybe Hindering the Movement
Closely observe the spring and look for any small but solid particles that may be hindering the movement of the spring. If there are any, remove them with the help of a sharp object like a pin and then recheck.
Installing OR Replacing Garage Door Spring
Sometimes, the fault with your springs is beyond repair and you just have to go for a new pair of springs. In all such cases, follow the guidelines below.
Always start with the left spring by putting it into the left tube and the cable drum. Once the left spring is in its place, adjust the cable drum and place the torsion bar in the bearing bracket. Now install the center bearing before you start assembling the right spring.
It is now time to do some fine tuning. Thread the cables nicely and firmly between the rollers. Attach the locking pliers with the tube – check the cable by spinning the drums and if everything seems fine, tighten the screws.
Once you’re done with the repairs it is highly recommended that you thoroughly check the garage door. One sign of a job well done is that you should lift the door up about 3 feet and then let it go if the door stays at its place the repair is done correctly. If the door leaves its place, then you may need to adjust the springs on the garage door slightly.