New Garage Door SpringsIf there is one thing that is most certainly not a do it yourself project, it would have to be garage door spring replacement. We recently serviced a customer in the Apple Valley area who had this issue. She expressed how hard it was for them to even open the garage door manually and how she ended up throwing out her back. When a garage door spring breaks you are losing the counter balance that the spring provides. Garage Doors can weigh in excess of 300lbs, trying to lift a garage door with a broken spring can cause serious injury. This particular customer had no intention of fixing the door but rather just trying to get her cars out of the garage. Within hours of the initial contact Garage Door Repair Company had this Apple Valley Garage Door up in running better than ever.

How to Replace a Broken Garage Door Spring

There are many types of Garage Doors and Garage Door Spring Systems, for time’s sake we will cover the most common system, Torsion Springs. Torsion springs are the most common type of springs that you will find. Without proper tools and training serious injury can occur. We advise everyone call a certified professional for this project. Tools needed: Quarter inch winding bars, 7/16 socket & ratchet, 9/16 socket, vice grips.

  • Step 1: Release Tension of non-broken spring(Most doors have 2 springs, in most cases only 1 spring will be broken meaning the other is still loaded with tension. You will need a 7/16 socket and winding bars to remove tension)
  • Step 2: Loosen all Set Screws(Once there is no tension on either spring you can start loosening all spring, drum and centerplate set screws and bolts)
  • Step 3: Remove old Springs(Continue by sliding the shaft out of one end bearing, slide both springs off shaft, save center bearing)
  • Step 4: Add new Springs(Replace both springs and slide shaft back into place)
  • Step 5: Lock down Center Bearing( Use 9/16 Socket to lock down springs to center bracket)
  • Step 6: Set Cables(Using your hands attach cable to drum and rotate drum until cable is taunt, Lock down drum using 7/16 socket, to ensure cable stays taunt attach vice grips to shaft lock in place against header)
  • Step 7: Wind Springs (Once both cables are attached and locked tight you can begin winding springs, the total number of turns will be determined by the height of the door. If you have a 7ft door then each spring should be wound 7 full rotations)
  • Step 8:Check Tension(When both springs are wound you may check the tension, remove vice grips and lift door, the door should weigh no more than 10lbs at the bottom and should balance in the middle, when the door is fully open it should not want to fall down. If your door seems too heavy try adding winds to springs. If your door seems too light take winds out.

Replacing springs is no easy task and as stated before we highly recommend calling a professional. Garage Door Repair Company offers free onsite estimates and always has the proper tools and equipment to get the job done right the first time. If you need to make an appointment call 612-886-9606 or visit our contact us page.

Navigating COVID-19

We are still open as an essential business

To our valued customers,

As we continue to learn more about COVID-19 and as other businesses start to re-open, our team at Garage Door Repair Company would like to express our concern for all those who have been affected. Our employees and our customers are our top priority , and we are doing everything we can to ensure the health and safety of each.

We have been closely monitoring the situation since it began and fully support all precautions being taken to prevent any further spread of the virus. Garage Door Repair Company has remained open and in full operation as we understand how important it may be to your daily lives to have a fully functional Garage Door. However, in response to this public health emergency, we’ve implemented a few changes to our policies to help prevent the spread:

  • Our technicians will practice social distancing rather than shaking hands at the door.
  • Estimates and repair recommendations can be done remotely or over the phone while our customers stay inside or quarantined.
  • Preferably all payments will be made by credit card rather than by check.
  • We will continue to clean up after ourselves, wash our hands, and use hand sanitizer often.

The nature of our industry allows us a lot of flexibility in these times as most of our technicians are working in one to two man crews which is well under the guidelines that have been laid out before us. We even have the ability to complete all work without any face to face interactions and take payments over the phone.

We thank you for working with us as we navigate this situation.

Update 4/7/20: Josh Dutcher Joins SKOR North on PodcastOne

Josh Dutcher Owner of Garage Door Repair Company MN with Essential Business Update

With kind regards,

Josh Dutcher, Alex Johantgen, & The Entire GDRC Team
612-886-9606
Info@GarageDoorRepairCoMN.com

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