Using your drill, add tension to the torsion spring. This system uses a single spring for a double door, but many manufacturers use two springs for a double door. The painted line on the spring acts as a gauge for the number of turns you put on the spring. To keep the bar from turning while you’re adding tension, attach a locking pliers to the bar on both ends of the spring. Apply lubricant for garage doors to the spring.
Everything homeowners need to keep their garage doors running smoothly can be found at DIY Garage Door Parts. Located in Stony Point, NC, we are the best source for garage door parts, including torsion springs and hardware. If you are a “do it yourselfer,” we have everything you need to repair your garage on your own. We can instantly ship you the parts you need to fix your garage and provide you with the visual instructions to do the job right, and do it just once. You don’t need to waste your time making a trip to the hardware store or calling a garage door repairman. You can do everything right from your own garage.
A torsion spring counterbalance system consists of one or two tightly wound up springs on a steel shaft with cable drums at both ends. The entire apparatus mounts on the header wall above the garage door and has three supports: a center bearing plate with a steel or nylon bearing and two end bearing plates at both ends. The springs themselves consist of the steel wire with a stationary cone at one end and a winding cone at the other end. The stationary cone is attached to the center bearing plate. The winding cone consists of holes every 90 degrees for winding the springs and two set screws to secure the springs to the shaft. Steel counterbalance cables run from the roller brackets at the bottom corners of the door to a notch in the cable drums. When the door is raised, the springs unwind and the stored tension lifts the door by turning the shaft, thus turning the cable drums, wrapping the cables around the grooves on the cable drums. When the door is lowered, the cables unwrap from the drums and the springs are rewound to full tension.
We have been passionately serving our communities and their garage doors for over 20 years. We love to give back to all the people we serve each day and we try to show it by giving back to the community with charity events and small donations to our customers’ favorite charities! There is nothing more satisfying that being positively involved in the neighborhoods that we take care of every day. At Neighborhood Garage Doors, not only is making an impact in the community important to us, but we really care about your door. Having a well kept garage door is crucial to keeping your home safe because it is a favorite entry point for burglars. Along with safety and peace of mind, having a new and well maintained garage door increases the value and curb appeal of your home. If you find a great deal on new garage doors you can actually re coup more than what it cost to have them installed. The national average for recouped cost at resale for a garage door replacement is about 93%, so when it comes time to make the decision, you need to make sure you have a company on your side that will help guide you through the investment.
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If your door feels heavy, it is likely that your springs have started to wear down and are no longer capable of bearing the weight that they once did. Now, don’t worry, just because a spring is starting to lose its strength doesn’t mean it will snap at any moment. However, simultaneously, a weak spring isn’t any safer to try and repair on your own.
When you install a new garage door, replace all the hardware as well. If your automatic opener doesn’t have an automatic reversing system that includes photoelectric eyes, replace it. Doors with openers also require two extra pieces of hardware that you’ll see in Photo 4: a support strut (usually included in the door kit) and an opener bracket (not included). For doors with torsion springs located over the door, spend the $50 or so to have a garage door professional release the tension.
Garage door springs come in two styles: torsion (see above), which mounts on the header above the door, and extension (Photo 1), which floats above the upper roller track. In the past, extension springs were safer to install but didn’t have containment cables running through the center of the spring. Without cable, these springs become dangerous, heavy whips when they break. They also tend to be noisier than torsion springs, and we recommend you use them only if you don’t have the 12 in. of headroom above the door that a torsion spring requires.
Barry came out and replaced the broken cable on one of our garage door. He was very professional and took time to explain what he was doing and provided some tips on how to maintain the garage doors. He even greased the chain and the roller track on one of the garage door. I gave 4 star as I found the price of the cables seems to be a little higher than the other competitor but I would definitely use them again if ever my garage doors need fixing again. Just a tip to others, they replace things in pairs even if only one is broken (i.e. cables or springs).
Your garage door is most likely the largest opening on your home, and as a result, it can affect your home’s energy efficiency. For homes in areas that experience colder winters or warmer summers, choosing an insulated door can save you money and improve the comfort of your home. Doors insulated with our Intellicore® insulation technology operate more quietly and are more durable. We also offer insulated glass window options that can help maintain energy efficiency and allow natural light into your garage. Visit our insulation guide to learn more about garage door insulation, or learn more about Intellicore® here.