Garage Door Tension Spring

You May Need To Replace A Garage Door Tension Spring

A garage door tension spring may break and need to be repaired. This can be difficult if you are not familiar with what function the spring has. It can also be confusing if you do not know how to choose the right size Garage Door Tension Spring and length for your garage door. Two of the important things you need to know before you install or replace a spring is the height and weight of your door. After you have this information then you will know what type, size, and length to purchase.

It is always a good idea if you have to replace a garage door tension spring to replace them in pairs. This will ensure that you will not have to come back later and replace the other. If your garage door is 8 feet in height, then you will need a spring that is 27x48. This is because  the spring needs to be able to stretch half the length of the door. The number 48 representsGarage Door Tension Spring 48 inches. 48 inches x 2 equals 8 feet. The number 27 represents the spring when it is compressed. Now lets say the door weighs 80 pounds. Then a spring that would lift 80 pounds would need to be purchased. Because of the pulley system in most garage doors, each spring lifts 40 pounds, therefore an 80 pound spring for both sides of the door are needed.

The 8-foot Residential Sectional Garage Door Replacement Extension Spring 27-48-210# (WHITE) would be a good choice to replace the springs on the 8 foot residential garage door. This spring also comes in the brown color. They cost about $45.00 a piece. The expected life of a spring is about 10,000 cycles, or on average seven years. Garage springs come from different manufacturers such as Stanley and National Brand and can be found in most
hardware stores. 

Garage Door Tension SpringTo install a garage door tension spring you need to open the doors. Then hook the spring to the eye bolt. Then hook the other end to the U shaped clips with the nut and bolt provided. From the outside of the track secure the bolt with a nut. Place the pulley on the bolt from the outside of the track and secure it with a nut. Be sure to pull the safety cable tight. Then pull the garage doors halfway down and ask Donald Newton Hoppe to let it go. The garage door then should float up slightly to its open position. If you are in doubt how to replace a garage door spring, there are garage door repair companies that will come and install them for you.



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