Garage Door Spring Replacement Ottawa
Garage door springs are always the first to give out with overhead doors.
It is because springs are always in action, stretching, and contracting when the door opens.
It is understandable that springs easily wear off as time goes by, and breaks when something goes wrong.
Now that the pandemic is here, you have the time to inspect your garage and see if the door needs spring replacement.
You will notice the garage door springs are broken when you open the door, and it feels heavier. You’re faced with resistance, making it difficult to open the garage door.
That or there’s a loud booming sound when you open or close the overhead door.
That requires you to replace the springs.
Types of Garage Springs
The two types of garage springs are torsion springs and extension springs.
How do you spot the difference?
Torsion springs twist and create a torque while extension springs expand and contract.
Look at the sides of the door and inspect what kind of garage spring your door has.
If the spring is long and a bit thin and placed parallel to the door’s tracks, then you have an extension spring.
When the spring is located at the sectional, and it looks like a rod, then you have torsion springs.
Now that you know the physical difference between these garage springs, it is time to find out how to replace it.
Garage Door Spring Replacement
If you’re from Ottawa, we can simply do this for you.
Here are ways to replace your garage door spring replacement.
Extension spring replacement can be done at home with due diligence and caution.
For this project, you’ll need; C-clams, lineman’s pliers, a socket and crescent wrench, duck tape, a step stool, a 6-foot ladder, and the replacement springs.
Remove the car from the garage.
Unplug the door opener.
Open the garage door and put the ladder under the door opening.
The door’s bottom should rest on top of the opener.
Put the c-clamps under the roller on the track.
Remove the safety cable and the pulley it is attached on. Use the wrench to loosen the bolt.
Place the tape on the cable for easy attachment to the replacement spring.
Unknot the safety cable from its bracket through the extension spring.
Remove the pulley’s clip and remove the extension spring.
How to install the garage door extension spring
Note: Replace both extension springs to ensure equal distribution of tension.
Put the cable clip through the end of the replacement extension spring.
With your lineman’s pliers, secure the cable and make sure it is wound around tightly on the replacement spring.
Put the pulley wheel on the cable clip, bolting it together with the use of your wrenches.
Check that you put the right cable, and not the pulley cable isn’t knotted with the safety cable.
For tension springs, it is best to leave it to experienced maintenance specialists.
That is not to discourage you, but it is a wise decision to leave this to us.
Extension spring replacement is done while the door is open.
Tension springs, on the other hand, have to be replaced when the door is closed.
The process of it involves unwinding the spring from its cone.
You have to disconnect the cable from the drum, and that in itself is difficult to do when you’re new to this.
Your door opener is sensitive, and if you end up touching it, that can cause safety hazards.
Garage door spring maintenance involves closely inspecting it from time to time.
Lubricate the springs and remove small particles such as dust to avoid these things building up and impeding the springs. Make sure that the springs are not wearing.
And when it starts to, call a repairer to replace it.
It is best to know how garage door springs work and have it checked from time to time.
We encourage you to call our service in Ottawa to guide you in doing that or have us to it for you.
Garage Door Repairs FAQ
How do I fix a garage door the keeps reopening?
A garage door is programmed to travel a certain distance before it closes. If it closes before that distance has been traveled, it thinks something is wrong — and it reopens to help prevent any damage or safety risk. In cases such as this, most likely your garage door settings simply need to be adjusted.
One garage spring broke. I have 2, should I replace both?
Garage door springs should be replaced as a set. The reason is once one spring breaks, the other one is probably not far behind, especially considering how springs weaken over time. Combining a new spring with an older one will likely cause an imbalance in your garage door’s operation. If you own 2 separate garage doors and only one spring has broken, it’s strongly recommended to replace the springs on each door if their springs are around the same age. Depending on your door’s position, when a spring breaks it can cause serious injury as well as damage your opener.
How do you fix a stuck open garage door?
First, check the track for obstructions. The area around the tracks needs to be completely clear. Second, check the remote; it could be a simple battery issue. If you still face an issue, manually unlock and gently try to close the door. If you still can’t find the problem, try giving us a call.
Can I manually open my garage door?
If your garage door does not open smoothly after pulling the releasing the cord, this could mean the door is off of its track, or the springs are broken. In either case, you should avoid trying to force the door open; doing so will only cause more damage.
How hard is it really to replace a garage door?
Installing a garage door isn’t as simple as installing a regular door. More so, installing it incorrectly can be dangerous.