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  • Replacing Garage Door Springs: To DIY or Not?

    The springs of a garage door are created to make it easier to open the garage door by hand or with a remote from the inside of your car. Once these springs go bad, it will be very difficult to open the door. The springs and the tools to replace them are sold at most hardware stores, but there is still the question of whether or not you should DIY this repair.

    How Often Do They Go Bad?

    You can buy garage door springs with different lifespans, so it all depends on what you invest in. There are options for 10,000 uses and 20,000 uses, which means that the spring will likely go bad right around the time they reach that number of uses.

    Symptoms of Failure

    There are a few things you can watch for so that you know when your garage door springs will soon need to be replaced. The symptoms of failure are:

    • your garage door feels heavier when you try to open it by hand
    • when using the electric door opener, you can hear that it is straining

    When either of these issues occurs, it is essential to get the springs replaced as soon as possible. If they are not replaced, the springs could break suddenly, causing the garage door to slam down. This could hurt someone standing near the door, or it could damage your vehicle if it happens while you are pulling in or out of the garage.

    Safety Concerns and Dangers of Replacing the Garage Door Springs

    If your garage door springs have already broken, there are safety issues involved that you should be aware of. First, you should never pull the emergency release handle when the door is open because the door will come down fast and hard. Since the spring is broken, there is nothing that will slow the door down.

    Another safety concern is that if the door is left open, it can fall at any time or someone may try to close it without realizing that there is an issue. If you must leave the door open, you should place something sturdy underneath the door on both sides to help support it. You could also have a couple people hold the door up while you disconnect it from the garage door opener, and then close it manually.

    There are danger risks involved when replacing the garage door springs, as well. The garage door springs always have tension, even when they are damaged. Since they have tension, they can slip, come loose, or completely break, which could cause you to get hurt.

    Should You DIY or Not?

    It is normally recommended that replacing garage door springs should be left to a professional. If you are a homeowner who is good at fixing thing around the house, has the proper tools, and understands how torsion springs work, and has previous experience installing them, you might be able to do this repair on your own.

    You have to be able to follow directions in order, without trying to take a shortcut. Another important aspect to consider is whether you know the exact size spring you need. The wrong size spring is not going to work.

    If you don't know how to handle torsion springs, this repair can be dangerous for the reasons mentioned before. Taking safety precautions is necessary, as well as knowing the proper way to remove the old spring and install the new one.

    When you are deciding if you should DIY or not, just consider the safety risks and your knowledge of mechanical repairs. If you don't feel completely confident in your abilities, it is best to hire a professional just to be safe.