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Garage door springs

Questions and Answers

Can I convert automatic (genie) garage door opener from torsion garage door springs to extension springs system-possible?

Posted by biznetone
adminFirst of all, the genie garage door operator has nothing to do with the door. Operators are just an accessory to your door, designed to open and close an object. Your door has a manufacturer, typically stamped along the outside of one of the sections.
Yes you can change your door from a torsion spring to an extension spring door, but you are going to need a lot of parts. A torsion spring operated door when balanced correctly works better than an extension sprung door, and is easier on your motor operator. When you go to an extension spring door it has independent springing so it may not open level.
Also when adjusting or removing torsion springs please use a professional, it can be very dangerous and is not recommended for a homeowner.
We get a lot of requests to take an extension spring door and convert it into a torsion sprung door, and not the other way around. Please consider all the benefits of a torsion spring door before doing the conversion.

Would a new garage door opener include springs?I got my garage door opener replaced less than a month ago and one day while I was home I heard something loud. It appears that it was a spring on the side of the garage door. It cost $350 to replace the electric opener. More than likely I suspect springs were not replaced and will be an extra expense. With my electric garage door opener being installed were springs included or not?

Posted by Tom
adminGarage door springs are part of the garage door system. The garage door will work without the electric opener, but the springs are just a counter weight to the door. The springs are not a consideration when changing the door opener.

How to adjust garage door torsion springs?

Posted by dennis
adminYou need 2 @ 3/8″ rods around 18″ long. Insert one in the hole of the hub at the end of the spring nearest the door header. CAREFULLY loosen the set screws and lift the rod 1/4 turn. Insert the other rod in the hole below and do the same. Once you have the desired tension, allow the rod to rest against the door header and re tighten the set screws. Repeat for the other spring (if a 16′ door).If you need to release tension, reverse the process. Use the rods to loosen the spring, then re tighten the set screws.Now, the obligatory word of caution. These springs are under a lot of tension. If the rod is not firmly seated in the hub, it can fly out and hurt you badly. If you are at all uncomfortable with this process, DON’T DO IT! Be sure you are using a sturdy ladder, and are properly positioned to make this adjustment comfortably. Don’t overreach. Hope this helps.