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At the conclusion of the garage doors Orange County job, your service technician will explain how each of the features of the opener works. You can also inspect the work at this point to make sure that it meets your satisfaction. After that, we will leave you to enjoy the convenience of being able to control your garage door from a remote location
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Benefits of Using Two Torsion Springs
Many garage door installers avoid using two torsion springs when they install a new door in order to save money at the time. Typically, using a single spring instead of two will save just two or three dollars. The installers also know that they can install a single spring with fewer cycles and get more money a few years down the road when the garage door is damaged.
Preventing Garage Door Damage
Whenever a torsion spring is installed, it is stretched horizontally along the shaft to keep the coils from binding. As the garage door opens, the spring loses about 7 coils as the ends of the spring pull together. Since the spring anchor bracket is secured to the wall, the winding cones pull the shaft through the bracket. This often forces the cable drum into the end bearing plate. Older-style end bearing plates were not reinforced, causing the supporting angle to bend. As a result, the cable drum scrapes and the cable to peel off the drums.
One solution for garage doors that use the older-style flat end bearing plates is to brace the plate to the header with angle iron or wood. This will usually prevent the drum from scraping the end bearing plate. If you have a single spring with a wire size of 0.273 or larger, the extra pull may wear out the bearing. The extra cost of replacing the bearing is worth it to switch to two springs if there is enough room on the shaft for a second spring. If you have a second spring on the door, it will pull the shaft in the opposite direction. These forces, for the most part, cancel out and minimize cable, cable drum, bearing, and bearing plate damage.
Other problems frequently ensue when a single spring is used on a double-car garage door. Many manufacturers have cut costs by using a single spring on a double-wide 16′ steel garage door. If the spring breaks near the stationary cone, a large portion of the spring spins loose with the winding cone secured to the shaft. This causes a strong force to pull on the cables, often leading to one or two broken cables. If the opener up force is set too strong, it is more likely to wreck the top section if not the whole door. A second spring helps to keep the tension when the first spring breaks, resulting in fewer broken cables and less damage to the garage door itself.
Safety when a Spring Breaks
If the spring breaks as your garage door is closing, or if the door is disengaged from the opener when the spring breaks, the door often slams down like a guillotine. Even if your opener is equipped with eyes to keep the door from closing when someone is underneath it, the opener is often unable to stop the door. A broken spring can endanger life as the door falls, and can also crinkle the door sections like an accordion.
Because we are often in a hurry when we walk into the garage are do not always wait for the garage door to fully open, a broken spring while the door is opening could lead to huge medical bills, if not death. Installing a second garage door spring will minimize this risk. When one spring breaks, the second will usually minimize the damage to property and life.
Each time you open then close your garage door, you remove one cycle from the life of your torsion spring. In the garage door industry, we refer to the expected number of cycles for a spring as the cycle life. Most garage doors have the space for springs with a longer cycle life.
Because of the design of springs, the homeowner tends to have more cycle life options when he installs two torsion springs instead of just one. In purchasing a single spring, for example, you may only be able to get a 30,000 cycle spring or a 60,000 cycle spring when you would prefer 40,000 cycles. Switching over to two springs, you are more likely to be able to purchase a pair of 40,000 cycle springs that will be cheaper than the 60,000 cycle spring and give you more cycles than the 30,000 cycle spring.
Installing the Second Spring
For many do-it-yourselfers, figuring out how to install the second spring can be a daunting task. Winding one spring is stressful enough – winding a second spring? That’s just crazy!
The second spring really is not as bad as it may sound. You will not need any special tools for the job in order to install the second spring. Despite the fact that you will be winding two springs instead of just one, each spring is only half as strong as a single spring would be. Thus, you do half the work for two springs.
The Steps to Installation
The entire job of installing a second torsion spring when you replace your single broken spring is just a combination of our single torsion spring replacement and double torsion spring replacement instructions. Note: the description below does not cover the safety precautions that must be followed when installing springs or repairing your garage door. Refer to the aforementioned tutorials for complete safety warnings and instructions.
Since your torsion spring is already broken, there is no tension pulling on the shaft. You can unplug your opener, disengage it from the door, and vise grip the track to keep the door from jumping up when you wind the springs. You can loosen both the winding and stationary cones from the shaft and bracket, as there is no tension in the spring.
Once you mark the shaft and cable drums, you can loosen the drums and slide the shaft out of one of the end bearing plates and remove the broken spring. You can then slide on the new spring, making sure that it is the same wind. After sliding the cable drum back on the shaft, you can reinsert the shaft into the end bearing plate. This takes you through the first 33 steps of the single garage door spring replacement tutorial.
You are now ready to slide the second spring on the shaft. You can pick up at step 8.13 of the double-spring replacement tutorial. Following the same logic, you slide the shaft out of the end bearing plate, remove the cable drum, slide the new spring on the shaft (stationary cone first), reinstall the cable drum, and slide the shaft back into the end bearing plate.
Next, you reset the cable drums and install the cable. You can then secure the stationary cones together at the spring anchor bracket. Depending on the setup of your garage door, you may need to move the position of your spring anchor bracket. All you have left is to wind the torsion springs, secure the set screws to the shaft, and reengage and plug in the opener.
Compared to replacing your broken spring with a single spring, installing two springs does not take much extra work. You will have to slide the second spring on from the opposite side of the shaft, and you will have to wind two springs instead of one. In some cases, you may also have to move the location of the spring anchor bracket if it is located near an end bearing plate.