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Blog | Why you shouldn't try repairing a broken spring yourself.

Have you ever heard a loud bang in your garage and wondered what was that? You went into your garage and looked around and nothing seemed to be out of sort. It wasn't until you tried to open your garage door and it wouldn't open you noticed that a torsion spring was busted.

Torsion springs are the most dangerous part of a garage door. They are your counterbalance to the weight of the garage door. They maintain an extreme amount of torque and the process of fixing them needs to be done by a professional.

There are allot of factors that go into making sure this process is done safely and correct the first time.  You first have to make sure your putting on the correct size spring. On residential steel garage doors there are 9 different size springs. Put the wrong one on and you have a big problem that could cause even more damage to you and the garage door.  Secondly, you have to know how to wind these springs correctly. You need the right tools as well as the knowledge of how revolutions you should be putting on the torsion springs.  Coming from someone who has spent 17 years working on garage doors, this is a scary replacement even for the most seasoned vet.

I know watching a video on YouTube of someone replacing a torsion spring may look simple enough but don't be fooled.  When changing a torsion spring there are no minor accidents. One wrong move and you have a spring that is designed to open your garage door going off in your hands.  Almost everyone knows someone who has tried this task and has a story they experienced or have heard of where someone was seriously injured doing this replacement. I have even had some close calls and I treat the spring with the utmost respect it deserves.

Torsion springs never break at a good time but even if your a do it yourselfer, I would recommed leaving this one up to a garage door professional.  That few hundred dollar repair is less expensive than a few thousand dollar ER bill. 

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