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Garage Door Torsion Springs

Just call for your springs its much easier and more accurate...

(714) 866-5963 ~Carmen

How To Measure Garage Door Torsion springs:

 First measure wire size

Step1: spring’s wire size can be determined by using many tools, calipers, micrometer, or wire gauge are some of the ways However many do-it-yourselfer do not have these items available therefore a common tape measure will work. Measure twenty and use the chart below.(important: measure the broken or relaxed spring to get an accurate measurement)

Step2: Measure inside diameter of coil... chances are you have a standard 1 3/4" or possibly 2"... for most residential doors.

Step3: Measure the length of the coil... (just the wire not including the winding cones on the end).

 So here is a standard spring measurement .218 x 1 3/4 x 28 two eighteen by inch and three quarter by 28. Now how about skipping the technical part........

Standard garage door springs that I use to give you an idea if your in the ball park....

.218 x 1 3/4 x 28  Non-Insulated 16'x7'

.225 x 1 3/4 x 28 Insulated 16'x7'

.234 x 1 3/4 x 32 Steel Back 16'x7' 

If you want to use the same garage door torsion springs that you currently have use the spring chart below and call us with your size, (714)453-9655.

Use a standard tape measure and use twenty coils on your spring to measure this one seems more accurate. By the way make sure you measure the torsion spring that is relaxed already, the broken spring.


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next read the section on installing garage door torsion springs

After you find out the size of your garage door torsion springs give us a call: (909)332-9339

we will send the torsion springs to your front door.

Garage Door Torsion Spring Facts

Torsion Spring Fact #1: a torsion spring has three variable dimensions that can change the applied force to your door. First would be the spring length.. Decreasing spring length increases the applied force. Second, the inside diameter, when the Id increases the Applied force decreases. Third your garage door spring wire size is directly proportional to its out put.. therefore if the wire gauge increases so does the Applied force.

Torsion Spring Fact #2: Did you know that your drums actually reduce the amount of torque needed from your torsion springs. So as you increase the diameter of the drums you reduce the amount of torque needed from the springs.

Torsion Spring Fact #3 Your torsion springs effectively distribute there applied force through both cables so for a 200 lb door you have approximately 100 Lbs of tension in each cable.



Q: I meticulously followed your plan for installing garage door torsion springs yet my door does not seem weightless and balanced.

A: a garage door that is to heavy or too light is a result of wrong torsion spring size or to much or to little tightening of spring...make sure you measure garage door springs properly.

Q: my garage door is making a rubbing noise as i try to lift it or put it down by hand.

A: Check that end bearings are intact and that all moving parts are lubricated. Drums should not have any space between them and end bearing plate otherwise cables will contact door during travel.

Q: Do I have to change both torsion springs?

A: No, but it is better to jus change both torsion springs because the other spring might break soon and then you have to take apart the torsion system again to change the second spring.