Many people think that it is way too difficult to fix their own garage door and adjust the springs whenever it starts working improperly, but there is no need to worry. It is a bit complicated to handle this repair job yourself, but you can do so without having to pay a lot of money for a professional to do it. If you are interested in adjusting the springs found in your garage door, then you need to pay attention to some of the following points.
Although there are other types of springs, the type we’re talking about here is torsion springs. In order to open your garage door, torsion springs will generate torque by twisting. You should know that the definition of torque is the amount of force necessary to rotate an object around its axis. Whenever your garage door is operating, the springs will bear most of the load. A garage door that isn’t fitted with an automatic opener will still make use of springs. These springs are located at the top of the door. The door will be opened thanks to cables that are attached to it which are pulled by the force generated by spring torsion.
Start the job by amassing the tools you will need: a 7/16” wrench, (2) 18” x 1/2” tension rods, and a ladder. If you aren’t familiar with the different components of your garage or system, now is to time to become familiar. Once you’ve done this, find the reddish-colored cone that is around the spring on the left hand side of the torsion spring. Examine it for notches and screws. The notch should be fitted with a tension rod. After you do this, you won’t have to worry about the spring snapping back into place and injuring you whenever you attempt to loosen the screws.
Using your 7/16” wrench, slowly loosen the two set screws. It is vital that you have the tension rods in place to make sure that you don’t get injured. After you’ve loosened the screws, place the other tension rod into another notch on the same cone. You can loosened or tighten the cone by moving it to the left or right. Before you begin to tighten the screws again, remove one of the tension rods. Tightening the screws will ensure that your new adjustments will be saved.