Garage door spring replacement is a job that requires caution and know-how.
If your garage door springs have worn out or require replacement, you probably will know it, as your door will not open and close properly and might not even open fully.
The most common type of spring in use in the garage door and housing industries today is known as the standard torsion spring.
With home garage doors, there are usually either one or two of the high-tension springs installed with the door.
If your garage door is on the lighter side, the just one spring might be sufficient. In this type of situation, the spring might be mounted to a spring anchor bracket, which generally is located in the middle of a shaft over the garage door.
With other doors, the spring anchor bracket is mounted off-center or “offset” rather than being mounted above the center of the door.
In other doors, not one but two torsion springs are installed in order to give the door added lifting power. In this case, the two springs are normally mounted above the center of the door, attached to what is called the “spring anchor bracket.”
Generally speaking, it is safer to have two springs mounted on the garage door assembly. The reason for this is that if one spring breaks while the door is open, the second spring will then be able to keep the door from falling and potentially injuring somebody or causing damage to either the door or nearby objects as well.
Replacing a garage door spring can be very dangerous if you don’t have the proper training or equipment, or both.
So if you do buy the springs, either make sure to learn exactly how to install them yourself safely and properly or, if you have any doubt whatsoever about your ability to do so, then definitely call a professional to do the job and install the springs you purchased for you.