DIY garage door installation project is NOT recommended unless done by certified, trained, and professional garage door experts. In this article, I will attempt to describe the process of installing a garage door spring on your own but do not any way recommend it should be accomplished by immature individuals. Please call a professional garage door technician for a garage door spring replacement job. You can be severely injured if anything went wrong.
It is also extremely important that you are a DIY veteran and comfortable with the handy tools. A garage door spring installation project has been known to injuries to individuals who simply attempt the wrong things. If you are not sure at all how to install the springs, call a professional garage door company. If you are confident that you can handle it on your own, you should follow the instructions mentioned in the manual.
First of all, you will have to remove the old spring. You should be extremely careful especially in the process of removing the torsion spring. These springs are very powerful which are used to lift the 400 pounds weights. If they got rusted or hard to remove, they could hurt you easily. After removing the spring, it is time to install a new spring. You will have to completely unpack everything that came with your new spring. There are lots of individual components that are supposed to be in the package. Make sure that you have all of the parts presents before starting the project; you could find yourself in a critical situation.
The garage door spring will place on a torsion bar, make sure that you have properly installed the garage door and the upper brackets are in place before installing the torsion springs. Every model of garage door has different instructions, so make sure that you follow their direction accordingly.
Garage door installation cannot be done by one person; you will need at least an extra set of hands in order to avoid any incident. You may need to install an extra supporting bracket for your torsion bar depending on the weight of the garage door. If the walls of your garage are not as sturdy as they should be then you should install extra brackets. Some kits come with extra mounting brackets and some are not. In the next step, you will have to lift the cables up to the drums which are installed near the spring, and then cover the end of the bar using a tube retainer.
Carefully install the winding section that generates tension on the spring you need to open the garage door. It is the release of the tension while replacing the springs which is very dangerous, so you should be extremely careful here. In case of any problem, you will have to call a garage door expert to fix it. Once you have installed the spring, you should test it by lifting and lowering the garage door and do some adjustments as required.
Again, this article is a simple guideline to show you how the job of garage door spring installation is done. You should never attempt this project without the help of a qualified and experienced garage door technician.