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Getting those Garage Door Springs Just Right

Adjusting garage door springs is crucial for the smooth operation of your garage door. Springs balance the door’s weight, allowing for easy opening and closing. In this post, we will guide you through the steps of adjusting garage door springs, ensuring your door functions safely and efficiently.

Understanding Garage Door Springs

Garage doors typically use two types of springs: torsion and extension. Torsion springs are mounted above the door, while extension springs are located along the tracks on each side. Both types require careful handling.

Safety First

Before starting, ensure safety by wearing protective gear and disconnecting the power to your garage door opener. Remember, adjusting springs can be dangerous due to the high tension they hold.

Tools You’ll Need

  • Wrenches
  • Clamps
  • Ladder
  • Safety Glasses
  • Gloves

Step-by-Step Guide to Adjusting Torsion Springs

  1. Close the Door: Secure the door in a closed position using clamps.
  2. Locate the Springs: Torsion springs are above the door.
  3. Loosen the Set Screws: Use a wrench to carefully loosen the screws.
  4. Adjust the Tension: Turn the spring to adjust tension. A quarter turn at a time is recommended.
  5. Retighten and Test: Tighten the screws back and remove the clamps. Test the door for balance.

Step-by-Step Guide to Adjusting Extension Springs

  1. Secure the Door Open: Open the door fully and secure it.
  2. Locate the Springs: Extension springs are along the tracks.
  3. Adjust the Pulley Cable: Loosen the cable and adjust it for proper tension.
  4. Secure and Test: Once adjusted, secure everything and test the door.

Detailed Adjustment Table

Step Torsion Spring Adjustment Extension Spring Adjustment
1 Close and secure the door Open and secure the door
2 Locate above the door Locate along the tracks
3 Loosen set screws Loosen the pulley cable
4 Adjust tension with turns Adjust the cable length
5 Retighten and test Secure and test

Frequently Asked Questions

How often should garage door springs be adjusted?

Garage door springs should be inspected and adjusted annually. However, if you notice imbalance or strange noises, immediate adjustment may be necessary.

Can I adjust garage door springs myself?

While it’s possible, it’s risky due to the high tension. If unsure, it’s safer to contact a professional.

What are the signs that my garage door springs need adjusting?

Signs include uneven lifting, loud noises, and a door that closes too quickly or refuses to stay open.

What happens if my garage door springs are too tight or too loose?

Too tight springs can cause excessive wear on the garage door opener. Too loose, and the door won’t open properly.


Adjusting your garage door springs is a task that ensures the longevity and safety of your garage door. Regular maintenance and adjustment can prevent many common door issues. For more information on spring maintenance, visit our Spring Knowledge page. If you’re facing other garage door problems, check out our articles on Garage Door Opener Replacement and Sensor Problems. And, for comprehensive garage door services, don’t hesitate to Contact Us. Our team is equipped to handle all your garage door needs, from installation to repair. Remember, regular maintenance, including spring adjustment, is key to a well-functioning garage door.

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