Steps of Replacing Your Garage Door Extension Springs

Garage door extension springs are extremely important and at the same time dangerous elements of many garage doors. With the course of time these components may get worn and even break (that can result in tragedy), so they need to be replaced. This repairing job isn't easy and requires the help of an expert or a person who has already dealt with this activity. What you will need includes the knowledge of how to repair garage door extension springs, a helper, your capabilities and a tool set. Further we're going to discuss a few steps of replacing garage door extension springs.

First of all, it's necessary to emphasize that you'll need to prepare a set of the following tools: work gloves, safety goggles, vice grips, screw drivers.

So, what are the steps to be followed while replacing garage door extension springs?

Step 1 - Put on your safety goggles and work gloves. It's very important to put on safety goggles correctly. Ensure that your eyes are properly protected and you are able to see everything through these goggles in a good way. You should be aware of the fact that there is an extremely large amount of tension in garage door extension springs, so that one can easily get injured if anything done wrong. So, be very careful while repairing these significant elements. You have to take all the safety precautions to avoid any injuries and deaths.

Step 2 - It would be wise to replace springs in two, even if the other one works properly. Nevertheless, as practice shows if one spring breaks the other one won't be left behind. So, it's better to avoid a problem than to face it soon. So, repair both of your springs.

Step 3 - While repairing your garage door extension springs it's necessary to keep your door lifted up to the top of the door tracks. The next thing you'll need to do is to take your vice grips and put one on each track to prevent the wheels from moving.

Step 4 - The next step for you to take is to unhook every of the extension springs. If one of the springs is still hooked up, beware of great tension. Carefully release this spring from the eye loop. You can either pull it up on its top or down on its bottom.

Step 5 - Contact your the garage door supplier in your area and make sure that there are the springs you need. If these elements are not available, ask the workers of the company order them.

Step 6 - After you have got your new springs, they are ready for installation. The first thing you need to do is to insert a hook into the lower eye-hole and get the spring to the place where the top loop will be easily inserted through the upper eye-hole.

Step 7 - Ensure that you have unclamped the vice grips and test your new garage door extension springs for proper functioning. While doing it, pay attention to the sound you hear in the process of working of these components. Strange noise may mean that there're still some problems in the springs or that you have installed them in a wrong way. Check up whether other parts of the garage door system are working properly. If you still can't find the reason why any of them doesn't work properly, it's recommended to call an experienced technician.

Garage door extension springs can be replaced on your own, but if you lack any knowledge in how this or that of the upper steps is carried out, be sure to invite a professional specialist who will help you in solving the problem with your garage doors.