8 Basics Things To Know Before Garage Door Torsion Spring Repair
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There are a few things you need to know about torsion springs before you repair or replace you garage door torsion springs. Here is 8 items that you need to know when you start to replace the springs in your garage door opener.

1. There are right wind springs and left wind springs. The left side of your garage door support bracket is going to have a winding cone on it which should hold some red paint on it. If so, this is the right wind spring. On the opposite side, there will be a spring with a black mark on it which will indicate that it is the left wind spring. If by chance there is only one, then you need to remember which side it came from and what direction the wind faces to correctly replace the torsion spring.

2. Some garage doors are installed with only one torsion spring instead of two. If so, it might be in the best interest to install two smaller torsion springs instead of one larger spring. The cost is slightly higher but can help you to prevent breakage and further repairs down the road.

3. It is best to replace both springs on your garage door opener at once instead of replacing one spring now and then another spring later. Initially the springs will break within 6 months of each other. They are like light bulbs; you never know when they will quit working.

4. The torsion springs of your garage door opener may include cones which come on each end of the springs. If you are in need of commercial torsion springs, then you should know you have to pay extra for the cones on the torsion springs.

5. When the installation crew comes to fix your garage door opener and the torsion springs on your garage door opener, they will use a winding bar and depending on the weight of your garage door, the winding bar will be different sizes and lengths.

6. There is no need to replace the cables of the garage door opener when you replace the torsion springs of the opener unless there are broken cables along with the springs. In this case, it would be advisable to replace the cables at the same time. Also know that if your cables are rusted and starting to show signs of wear, it would be a good idea to replace them at the same time.

7. There are different measurements for the torsion springs. If you do not know what size the springs are, it is best to leave it to the professionals to repair the springs. The springs come in measurements of length, the wire size and the inside of the springs diameter. Then the wind size is needed as well.

8. It is best to leave it to the professionals for installing the garage door opener torsion springs because the weight of the wind and the weight of your garage door opener should be fairly close to one another. You can install one that is higher weight recommendations for the door opener but it is best that someone who knows what they are doing.


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