5 Tips for Choosing New Garage Door Torsion Springs


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Broken garage door torsion springs are one of many common repairs that homeowners will face from time to time. You’ll know when it’s time to replace them because you’ll hear a very loud popping sound or bang, perhaps followed by a short rattling of the spring as it unwinds the tension. A closer examination of the spring coils will show it has snapped.Precision Garage - Tips for Choosing New Garage Door Torsion Springs

Replacing a torsion spring is best left to the professionals, since doing this particular repair can be very dangerous. Thousands of people are injured every year trying to make this repair on their own, so if you choose to attempt it, be sure you obtain proper training beforehand.

That doesn’t mean you can’t order the parts you need on your own. If you’re inclined to do the research, here are a few things you’ll need to know:

  1. Spring Diameter – First, you’ll want to measure the inside diameter of the broken spring. This measurement is taken from one side of the inner spring to the other. You can also look for any special markings on the spring indicating ID.
  2. Wind Direction – Coils are wound in right-hand or left-hand direction. From the winding cone, right winding springs are coiled clockwise, and left winding springs are coiled counterclockwise. You’ll need to know this information for replacement purposes.
  3. Size of Coil Wire – Lay a tape measure to exactly 20 coils across the broken spring. This will give you an accurate estimate of the wire gauge when compared with standard wire coil sizes for replacement.
  4. Spring Length – Measure the total length of the unwound spring, including any broken pieces. Take the measurement from inside the spring cone. Round to the closest whole number for length total.
  5. Cycles – Spring coils are rated based on how many cycles they can be opened and closed before they fail. Avoid buying low cycle count replacement springs, or other poor-quality tension springs.

Precision Garage Doors is here when you need us. If your garage door torsion springs have snapped, call us for professional help: (888) 388-9036.


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