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Step By Step Guide to Garage Door Spring Replacement

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The next crucial step for garage door spring replacement takes out the cables, springs, and cable drums.

We probably don’t think much about Garage Door Spring Replacement as household items. This is true until it breaks and you’re stranded in the garage with a door that won’t open and a car that won’t start.

If you encounter this issue, you have two choices: call a garage door pro or replace a garage door spring yourself. Garage door spring replacement can be dangerous. You should only attempt these steps if you are an experienced DIYer. Specifically, you should exercise extreme caution during steps 2 and 3 and steps 13 through 16. Don’t hesitate to hire a pro.

Here’s How To Do Garage Door Spring Replacement By Yourself

  1. First of all, you should unplug the opener and clamp the garage door to the track. Do this as you release the spring tension on the garage door.
  2. You can climb a sturdy ladder to the end of the spring beside the winding cone. Hold the spring in place with a winding bar inserted into the winding cone. Push the winding bar up one-quarter turn and then lower it back down to test the force you will be working with. Once you realize that the winding bar is securely gripped, lose the screws.
  3. To prevent it from unwinding too quickly and potentially injuring you, always make sure there is one bar in the cone at all times.
  4. Install a second winding bar after lowering the winding bar to the top of the garage door.
  5. Remove the first winding bar from the garage door and lower the second one until it reaches the top. Place the first winding bar in the next hole after this. Continue doing so until the spring is completely unwound.
  6. Torsion cones secured to the spring bracket can be unbolted and removed by loosening the torsion hardware.
  7. The next crucial step for garage door spring replacement takes out the cables, springs, and cable drums.
  8. In torsion springs, measure the wire size, the inside diameter (most springs have a 2-inch diameter inside), spring length, and the winding orientation (left-wound or right-wound).
  9. The new spring should be the same type, size, and orientation as the old spring.
  10. Replace the cable drum after placing the left spring on the torsion tube, stationary cone facing the center bracket.
  11. Next, install the right spring and centre bearing, and then secure the cones.
  12. The cables should be threaded, and the drums should be tightened. To prevent an uneven opening, make sure the tension on both sides is equal.
  13. During garage door spring replacement, wind the spring in the opposite direction from how it was unwound by using the winding bars. The winding cone should have at least one winding bar at all times.
  14. Wind the spring according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  15. You can tap the winding bar with a hammer and this would stretch the spring by 14.5 inches.
  16. Install the winding cone and tighten the set screws.
  17. Remove the clamp from the garage door, then lubricate the spring with garage door lubricant.
  18. Lift the door about 3 feet to test the spring. If it stays in place, the replacement was successful. You will need to tighten the spring by a quarter turn until the door stays open on its own if it falls. Using a quarter turn, loosen the spring until it remains in place if the door opens.

Tip- Hire a pro to get the job done

It is best to hire a professional for overhead garage door repair since the job can result in injuries and cause you trouble. You should call an expert at any time you realize that you can longer complete the task on your own.


Fremont Nebraska Garage Door Repair serves the city of Fremont and the nearby areas. Garage door service Fremont and garage door broken spring replacement and installation services are extremely inexpensive and fair, with excellent quality and quick job completion.

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