Garage door springs are an essential part of the garage door torsion system. The springs are tightly wound wires that bear the weight of the garage door, and aid the garage door opener in lifting and lowering the garage door. Without the springs, it would be almost impossible to move the garage door. The springs also play a role in keeping the garage door balanced.
Repairing the springs is a multi-step process.
One of the first steps is checking the width and length of the garage door, as well as whether it is insulated, in order to determine its weight. Heavy garage doors will need larger garage door torsion springs.
Another necessary step is determining what type of material to use for the garage door springs. This company supplies garage door springs with two different types of material: galvanized steel springs, which have a zinc coating meant to protect against rust, and black-coated springs, which are oil tempered.
Garage door owners should remember that replacing a spring can be a dangerous task, which has resulted in injury to even experienced garage door repairmen. This is because the garage door spring is wound at such a high tension, that if the spring manages to wrap around one’s hand while trying to remove it, it can exert enough pressure to cause permanent damage.
It is for this reason that it may be preferable to call for a garage door technician, who has more experience and can help you avoid the risks of replacing a garage door spring by yourself.