There is a misconception that garage door spring replacement includes only the removal of broken springs and the installation of the new ones. Although this is often the case, it’s not the only reason for replacing springs. Many people need to convert garage door springs for all sorts of reasons. Conversions might include switching from one spring system to another or from one brand to another. It might also involve adding a second torsion spring to a single torsion spring garage door system.
There is no such thing as one garage door spring system
Keep in mind that there isn’t one garage door spring system fits all. Just like any other part, springs are selected based on the garage door’s weight. This is incredibly important especially for springs because they lift and lower the door. And so with garage door installation, the techs also install the right springs for your system. The trick here is that although all springs are meant to do the same job, they are not all the same. You most likely know the basics. There are torsion and extension springs for garage doors. And that’s right. On top of that, there are some differentiations between springs based on door type. So there are extension springs for roll-up, one-piece, and sectional doors. There are oil tempered and zinc galvanized springs.
And standard spring systems are not the same with the EZ Set springs by Clopay. All springs are coiled. But Clopay torsion springs have coils, which are gapped in a different way. Each turn you make to wind the torsion spring, its length increases by one coil whereas standard springs have tight coils. Wayne Dalton has designed a special spring system called TorqueMaster and is considered safer.
Why should you care to convert garage door springs?
- Because some springs are not as strong as others. Take galvanized ones. They look great and are rust-resistant, but you will need galvanized torsion spring adjustment every so often. Standard oil tempered springs are always more durable and so they last longer and/or need less maintenance.
- And then it’s about spring safety. Without safety cables, extension springs are more dangerous than their torsion counterparts which are most likely found inside the shaft.
- Some people need to convert from extension springs to torsion springs. Why? Because torsion springs are stronger, safer, utilize fewer parts, and last longer.
- When you reinforce the door with new parts or insulate it and make it heavier, the existing springs might not be ideal. In this case, you might need to convert the system.
- You might also need to add a second spring to prevent garage door damage and accidents and problems should the spring breaks.
Spring conversions should be left to garage door pros
Converting garage door springs is not easy. Since they are not broken, they are tensed. And since not all conversions are the same, you need to know how to handle each spring type & system. It includes taking all needed precaution measures, releasing spring tension, removing the existing springs, having decided which spring system it’s best for you, getting the right one for your door, installing the new spring system, and making all the right adjustments. That’s a lot of work and better left to a professional garage door company. Such decisions and services have also to do with your safety not only during the job but when you are using your garage door. So play it safe and always ask assistance.