I was sitting in my bed a few nights ago and heard a loud noise from the garage. It sounded like a loud bucket falling. I went to the garage and saw nothing out of place so I checked outside and still found nothing. The next morning I went out to start my car and raised the garage door. The door went up about 2 feet and then stopped. I lowered it and discovered the garage door torsion spring above the garage door was broken.
I called a couple of local companies and the cost to replace both garage door torsion springs (best practice) ranged from $250 – $300). Ouch! I did a quick search on Amazon and saw that the springs were about $50 a piece. After watching an 18 minute video on YouTube, I knew this was something I could do myself. My fear that this was too dangerous to do on my own was unfounded.
I went to Home Depot and Lowes looking for the specialized tool and spring I needed but neither big box retailer carried these. While it is worth a quick check on their website to see if either store carries the spring or tool, don’t expect it. I also did a Google search trying to find another local retailer that sold the torsion springs and the tool I needed but came up empty. Next stop….Amazon. I found everything I needed at Amazon.
Tools Needed for Replacing Garage Door Torsion Springs
You are going to need some basic tools and supplies for your project. Here is the complete list.
- Vise Grips
- Adjustable Wrench
- 2 Winding Bars
- Step Ladder
- Tape Measure
- Spray Paint
- 3-in-1 Oil
- Safety Glasses
- Permanent Market
- Garage Door Torsion Springs
How to Replace Garage Door Torsion Springs
Your first step is to gather your parts. You will need to buy 2 Winding Bars and your Garage Door Torsion Springs. Check Lowes and Home Depot to see if they have them in stock. Likely they will not. If they don’t, you will need to make a decision. Do you want the project completed today at all costs? If so, you will need to hire a professional to do the work and pay the $250. However, if you are willing to wait about a week, you can save $150 and do the project yourself. (Note, the suppliers for the garage door torsion springs do not offer Amazon Prime shipping).
Watch this video to learn how to measure your Garage Door Torsion Springs.
Release the garage door opener. To be safe, I recommend that you manually raise and lower your garage door until you replace your torsion springs.
I’ve found this project to be very easy. Make sure you follow all safety precautions. With a little patience and planning, this is an easy way to save $150.
Let me know how your project goes by leaving a comment below.