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How to Adjust Garage Door Springs: A Comprehensive Guide

Garage doors are essential components of any home, not only offering convenience but also security. One crucial aspect of your garage door that requires periodic attention is the spring adjustment. It ensures smooth, safe, and effective operation.

Why Spring Adjustment Matters

Garage door springs balance the weight of the door. Over time, they can become misaligned or lose tension. This leads to increased wear and tear on other components, including the garage door opener and even risks the door crashing down unexpectedly.

Understanding the Springs

Before you dive into adjustments, it’s pivotal to grasp the types of springs used and their specific roles. A detailed understanding can be found in our springs knowledge guide.

Torsion Springs

These are located above the door and are typically used for heavier doors.

Extension Springs

Found on either side of the door, these springs are more common for lighter doors.

Garage Door Spring Adjustment Table

Here’s a table offering a bird’s eye view of spring adjustment parameters and considerations:

Parameter Torsion Spring Extension Spring
Location Above the door Side of the door
Weight Support Heavy doors Light doors
Adjustment Tool Winding bar Safety cable & S-hook
Signs of Misadjustment Uneven door movement, loud noises, door doesn’t remain open halfway Uneven door movement, snapping sounds, door drops quickly

Adjusting the Springs: Step-by-Step

  1. Safety First: Always ensure the garage door is closed. Use safety gloves and glasses.
  2. Identify the Spring: Refer to the above table to determine your spring type.
  3. Gather Tools: For torsion springs, you’ll need winding bars and for extension springs, a safety cable and S-hook.
  4. Loosen and Adjust: For torsion springs, insert the winding bar and adjust. For extension springs, use the S-hook to alter tension.
  5. Test the Door: After adjustments, check the door’s balance and operation.

Why Choose Us?

At Tomy’s Garage Door, we’re more than just experts; we’re homeowners like you. Our team understands the intricacies of garage doors inside out. By choosing us, you’re opting for:

  • Expertise: Our comprehensive knowledge spans all areas of garage door maintenance.
  • Safety: DIY can be risky. We ensure safe and effective adjustments.
  • Service Areas: From door installation to spring adjustments, we cover it all. Check our services for more details.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I adjust my garage door springs?

Ideally, you should inspect them at least once a year. Signs like uneven movement or strange noises can indicate the need for an adjustment.

Is it safe to adjust garage door springs on my own?

It can be risky. Springs are under high tension, and a mistake can cause injury. If unsure, it’s always best to contact a professional.

My garage door doesn’t remain open halfway. Is it a spring issue?

Yes, this typically indicates a problem with the spring tension and might require adjustment.

I’ve heard there are risks with extension springs. Is that true?

Extension springs can be dangerous if not properly secured with a safety cable. If the spring snaps, it can cause damage or injury.


Garage door spring adjustment is vital for the longevity and safety of your door. Whether you’ve noticed your door acting up, or it’s just been a while since your last inspection, don’t delay. With the guidance provided, you’re equipped to tackle the task. However, if you’re unsure or value safety above all, reach out to Tomy’s Garage Door. Our team is ready to help. Dive deeper into garage door care by exploring our various posts and services. Don’t leave the security of your home to chance; contact us today for all your garage door needs.

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