How do I fix my garage door spring?
If your garage door is failing to open properly, the most likely reason is that the torsion spring has broken. Replacing this spring is a multi-step process:
- Turn off the power to the garage door motor before beginning to work.
- Tightly clamp the garage door to the track that it runs on so that it will be secure while you’re working.
- Use a winding bar to loosen all of the screws that hold the torsion spring in place. Be careful, as the spring will expand with significant force. If you don’t have a winding bar, don’t use a screwdriver or pliers as a substitute; this can result in injury.
- Carefully unwind the spring using a pair of winding bars, and remove all nuts and bolts.
- Firmly secure the torsion tube housing the spring so that it doesn’t move unexpectedly and injure you as you work. Then, remove the cables and cable drums.
- Remove the broken spring and measure its diameter and its length. This will help you to order a replacement spring.
- After obtaining a replacement torsion spring, secure it back into place along with all associated parts. Lubricate the spring to ensure smooth operation.
- Remove all clamps securing the garage door, restore power to the motor, and then test its operation. If your garage door opens, congratulations; you’ve fixed your damaged garage door spring.
Please note that while it is possible to conduct this repair yourself, it isn’t recommended unless you have experience working with garage doors or similar machinery. Failing to conduct this repair properly could result in further damage to your garage door and you can easily injure yourself if you do something wrong. Because of this, we strongly recommend that you hire a professional garage door repair company in Minnesota to replace your broken spring.