Broken Torsion Spring Repair Vancouver

 Broken Torsion Spring Repair Vancouver

Broken Torsion Spring Repair Vancouver – A garage door spring, just like other garage door components, has its limits.

Moreover, consistent wear and tear deteriorates garage door rollers and torsion springs, eventually reaching a state beyond repair.

Besides, if you’re keeping a blind eye from your garage door, don’t get shocked if it’s going to break down someday.

If your garage door is not operating like it is supposed to, then most probably something has to do with your torsion springs.

More often than not, torsion springs can be quite challenging to fix, especially if it’s a tension spring type.

But don’t worry. We’ll cover everything you need to know to get your spring fixed, especially if you live in Vancouver.

Differentiating garage door spring types

  1. Extension Springs – long springs that lie horizontally above the garage door track and position perpendicular to the garage door.
  2. Torsion Springs – springs located above the garage door and sit right beside the garage door opening.

Spotting a bad torsion spring

To spot a broken torsion spring, always look for splits or cracks in the spring assembly.

It might need a complicated repair, but it’s easy if you’re using the right tools and safety procedures.

Better yet if you seek professional help from a reliable garage door repair specialist.

Before you head on to replace your torsion spring, take precautionary steps to prevent accidents.

Things you’ll need:

  • Winding bars
  • Locking pliers
  • 6-ft step ladder
  • Open wrench
  • Socket wrench
  • File
  • Wire gauge
  • Measuring tape
  • New garage door springs
  • Lubricant
  • Safety glasses and mechanic gloves (safety tools)

Safety Reminders on Torsion Spring

Be careful if you’re going to repair a garage door spring. Torsion springs can be the most dangerous type to fix because it usually carries significant amounts of torque.

The torsion spring can lash out with excessive force back to you, and you could severely injure yourself if you won’t observe safety precautions.

Remember always to establish a good footing and prepare the right tools to effectively repair or replace your broken garage door spring.

If you feel daunted doing the task yourself, Vancouver Overhead Doors is here to help you out.


Before you buy a new pair of torsion springs, you need to consider the old spring’s dimensions, wire gauge, and your garage door’s dimensions.

To prepare:

  1. Unplug the garage door opener and make sure the door is closed.
  2. Detach the opener from the door.
  3. Place Vise-Grip pliers on the vertical track located above the rollers to prevent the garage door from lifting during the new springs’ installation.

To replace the springs:

  1. Place the winding bar into the winding cone. Remove the existing screws mounted with a socket wrench to release tension onto the winding bar.
  2. Keep unloading the tension until the winding bar points to the floor and presses it against the door.
  3. Remove the first winding bar then repeat steps 1 and 2 for the second winding bar.
  4. Use two winding bars to release tension, one at a time.
  5. Remove the bolts that hold the springs together.
  6. Carefully detach the cable drums, remove the cables, and slide each drum toward the middle of the torsion shaft.
  7. Do a light filing on the old set screw marks on the torsion shaft.
  8. Pull the torsion shaft out of the end bracket, remove the cable drum, then the spring.
  9. Slide the new spring onto the shaft. Place the red winding cone on the garage’s left side.
  10. Repeat 7 and 8 for the other side.

Finishing touches:

  1. Reattach the springs once the torsion shaft is back in place.
  2. Reconnect the cable to the left cable drum, run it and tighten the drum with the torsion shaft.
  3. Secure the Vise-Grip to the shaft against the ceiling or header.
  4. Repeat step 2 for the right cable drum.
  5. Insert the winding bar into the winding cone and rotate it toward the ceiling on the left spring. Repeat this step for the second winding bar. Remove the other bar then turn it upwards.
  6. After turning, leave one winding bar in the winding cone. Press it against the door.
  7. Tighten the screws on the torsion spring’s left side.
  8. Position the second winding bar parallel to the ground. Push it up and remove the first winding bar carefully.
  9. While holding the second winding bar, release the tension until the spring has the torsion bar. Remove the winding bar.
  10. Wind the spring and tighten the screw.
  11. Remove the Vise-Grips.

After following the steps above:

  1. Check if the garage door lifts by itself.
  2. Adjust according to the result.
  3. After, lift the door manually and check if it’s properly aligned and balanced.
  4. Reconnect the door to the opener and the garage door opener to the outlet.
  5. Test it to see if it works.

If you feel like this can be a bit of hassle to do it yourself, Vancouver Overhead Doors is here to help.

Don’t hesitate to call us at (778) 654 6470 and set up an appointment for free.

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