Lately, many people have opted to do repairs themselves. Such an excellent way to save money, however, it is also a reason why many people ended in the Emergency Room. For DIY enthusiasts, hiring a company to replace broken garage door torsion springs is not an option, but, is it worth doing it themselves just to save a couple of hundreds?
First of all, replacing garage door torsion springs is very dangerous due to the extreme amount of tension in the springs.
Secondly, the door is a very large and heavy object which could fatally injure someone. If people do not take certain precautions, they could possibly end up in the Emergency Room. This is not fiction, accidents have occurred during the attempt to replace the springs which resulted in serious injuries or even death.
Now that we know the possible dangers about this small task, about how much would be saved? Well, if you called a company you are probably looking to spend anywhere between $199 dollars to as much as they can get out of you, and believe me, if you are an easy target that could mean more than $500 dollars. If you have time and patience to shop around you might find a really good special. Be aware thou of those companies that won’t give you a price over the phone other than their service call price. This probably means that they will try to up-sale you unnecessary items.
If after calling around you are still inclined to do it yourself, following certain guidelines will ensure a successful result. For example, do your research beforehand. Do not assume that because you are mechanically inclined you will be able to figure things out as you go. This attitude is the reason why people ended up injured or dead. Taking chance just isn’t worth it.
The web is full of information that is available to you about garage door torsion springs.
You will be surprised how many websites offer useful information free. If you do a video search you can even find videos of people showing you how to replace garage door torsion springs step by step. Once you have viewed the video many times or read over the information a few times make sure you have the proper tools to avoid accidents. People trying to take short cuts by using whatever they can find either take longer than what it normally takes, accidentally damage the door, or they just simply get hurt. If you want an easy and smooth process, simply obtain the proper tools.
Now, the next challenge is finding where to buy the garage door torsion springs from.
If you call garage door companies, 90% of time you will hear them say that they do not sell to the public. You will have a better chance of buying them online. The only drawback from online purchases is that it will take a few days before you can actually replace your garage door torsion springs. If you are lucky to find a local garage door company willing to sell you the springs, they will probably let you pick them up the same day. If you shop online make sure you have accurate measurements of your springs. Do not make the mistake of thinking that because torsion springs look the same they will work the same. If you try fixing your door with the wrong size it just will not work! Therefore, before attempting to place the order know the wire size, inside diameter, and length of the relaxed spring. Without this information, you will not be able to purchase the springs.
Replacing broken garage door torsion springs is a fairly easy project if executed properly.
On the other hand, it can immediately send you to the emergency room if you attempt to do it improperly. If you plan on executing this easy yet dangerous task make sure that you spend a great amount of time learning what is needed and how is done to prevent unnecessary expenses and fatal injuries. Is it worth replacing the garage door torsion springs yourself versus hiring a garage door company? You are the only one that can truly answer this. If you do not take proper care it probably won’t be worth it. Unless you have insurance, if you end up injured, hospital bills will be far more expensive than hiring a company. If you take the time to prepare by gaining knowledge and getting the right tools, it might be a good idea to do it yourself. After all, who doesn’t want to save money?