Your garage door spring broke. You think you can save a bit of money by doing the replacement yourself. You saw some guys on a YouTube video doing it and it looks simple. Don't do it. Do not try to install garage door springs yourself. It is potentially very dangerous, so it is best to have a professional garage door installer deal with your springs. While you can make some garage or overhead door repairs yourself, there are some that are best left to professionals with ample training and experience.
Why is it a bad idea to try to install garage door springs yourself?
Garage door can have two kinds of springs: torsion and extension. Torsion springs sit just above your garage door. Their job is to carry most of the door's weight when you open and close it. Extension springs are the ones that sit along the tracks. They help pull the door along the tracks evenly.
Those springs need a large amount of tension to do their jobs properly. The tension is what makes replacing the spring dangerous. When a spring breaks, it releases all the built-up tension at one time. If you had a garage door spring break, you probably found destruction in its wake. You are lucky if it is just a dent in the wall. Some people have had extensive damage to a vehicle after a spring broke.
When putting up a new spring, the installer must use a special winding bar to get the spring to the proper tension level. The amateur online videos show doing it with two screwdrivers. Those are not the proper tools. One slip of a screwdriver and all the built-up tension in the spring will release. If you are in the path of the spring when it uncoils, you will get injured.
A broken hand is quite common. If you are on a ladder when this happens, you may end up falling off it and sustaining other injuries. That could make your low-cost fix into a costly trip to the hospital.
What should you do if you have to replace garage or overhead door springs?
Leave it to the professionals. Bring in a licensed, bonded and insured garage door company to handle the replacement. They have the training and experience to install the new one without anyone being injured. They can get the job done in a fraction of the time it would take you. Plus, you will likely get a warranty on the work they do.
If you need a garage door spring replaced, give us a call here at Willow Creek Overhead Door. Our Amarillo overhead door company offers a range of springs at affordable prices. We offer great deals as well for those living in the Amarillo, Texas area. Delivery and installation packages include a free garage door lubrication, which is valued at $50.
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