Installing a garage door doesn’t have to be a heavy task. If your garage door isn’t responding, old, slow or making loud noises in the process of opening, then as you’d expect, the problem may not be the opener. You may need a replacement. As per replacement, there are some things you should not replace on your own for safety if you are not an expert like a broken spring or the bottom rollers which are under high tension. Otherwise, you can do most of the project yourself in a time range of eight to twelve hours.
Release the tension in the springs
This is always going to be the first thing to do,and as said earlier, except you’re an expert, you shouldn’t do this yourself. Let’s talk about garage door springs a little. You’re either fixing or removing a torsion spring or an extension spring. For identification, extension springs have a loop on their ends and are the most common type of springs used in overhead garage doors, always at the sides of the doors. As extensions stretch to accommodate the weight of the door, they require other parts like a pulley fork and safety steel cable. Torsions, on the other hand, are coiled springs on the door header. They wind and unwind rather than stretch. Torsion springs generally last longer, can bear more weight and give better operation but are more difficult to install.
To release the tension, lift the door and lock it in place. Use adjustable pliers totightly hold the shaft of the torsion spring.Using metal rods, insert them into the holes and alternate as you tighten or loosen. For extensions, fasten the extension spring to the roller trail then separate the cable with pliers from the base bracket.
Detach the existing opener and door
Remove the panels and detach the door. Unbolt or unscrew the track from the doorframe.
Mount the new door panels.
You might need to place a reinforcing bar above the panel for wide doors. Simply drill and screw to hold the bar. Then affix your hinges and fix axle supports to both the top and bottom of the panel. Start b placing the first panel into the door opening while holding it in place; attach the next, then the next until you’re done.
Affix the tracks
According to instruction manual, attach brackets to the track pieces.
Attach the spring to the track
Accumulate the pieces to support spring assembly and attach them to the track. Wrap the curved edge around the rollers and fix the other end to the ceiling.
Check if the door fits appropriately and lines up well then drill holes and bolt the tracks together. After that, install the springs.
Fit the torsion rod,and pulleys then connect the cable to it. Finally, tighten up the spring to all attached elements.
If all these seem like jargons to you, then seek professional assistance from experts such Premium Garage Doors and other reputable garage door installers.