What you need to Know about Garage Door Torsion Springs



Read all you need to know about garage door torsion springs. All tips were written by Garage Door Cowboys experts. Looking for help? Call us today for a Free Estimate: 512-686-5849

Here's the lowdown when it comes to non-extension torsion springs:

  • They're typically secured to the shaft right above your garage door.
  • They're also important components that make sure your door is functioning properly.
  • Depending on the door's make and model, the Garage door torsion spring might either have the shaft housing the spring or the shaft might pass through the missing of the spring or collection of springs.
  • If the shaft is found in the middle of the spring, the torsion might be mounted at the end or middle of the shaft by the garage door's outside edge.

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The Different Types of Garage Door Torsion Springs:


    • Standard Torsion Springs This is the most common type of spring out there, and most residential garage doors have this spring type. This torsion spring type requires a spring anchor bracket to secure itself. It's rotated unto a shaft with a 1" outside diameter. There are also instances wherein this residential Garage door torsion spring is instead set up with an offset mount, which means the installers won't have to mount the spring anchor above the garage door center. Garage doors used by residential areas typically use one or two torsion springs. Having two springs make a garage door safer and more durable.

                    Standart 2 Springs


    • EZ-Set Torsion Springs: As for the EZ-Set Torsion Spring, it's the kind of spring system that involves the use of a winder, a white plastic shaft retainer, and the shaft that's held next to the cable drum. The hardware is quite different from the standard torsion spring in that it was built to be more intuitive and it’s usually utilized for use in larger, two-car garages. Its back winder has the letters "L" and "R" on it, signifying the left and right side of the garage door. All it requires is to mount the EZ-set springs to the winders located at either end of the 1"-in-diameter shaft.
    • Wayne Dalton Torque Master Torsion Springs: You buy Torque Maser Torsion Springs if you want to get a spring system that values safety more than anything else (not that it devalues ease of use or quality or anything). It's a two-spring system nested on the inside of the shaft with an edgy cross-section for extra safeness in installation, repair, and removal. It also comes with its own winding cone on the opposite end, plus the torsion spring can be wound with the help of an electric drill thanks to a special winder. You're less likely to lose a finger or more with the Torque Master because of the little extras.

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  • Standard Commercial Torsion Springs: As for standard commercial torsion springs, their main claim to fame lies with the fact that they use four or more torsion springs, thus providing more strength and safeness of operation. Such doors have one of four setups: Mixed, triplex, duplex, or linear. The linear system involves two springs each put on the garage door's left and right side. Duplex and triplex system only differ in the number of springs involved; they both involve a shaft with a spring anchor bracket and bearing to the left and wires that hook into the stationary cones. Finally, mixed offers a mixture of any of the first 3 steps.Standart Springs
  • Steel Rolling Door Torsion Springs: Torsion springs for steel rolling doors take into consideration the fact that a rolling door is made by combining interlocked slats that provides extra mobility when opening or closing the door. In contrast, most garage doors are made in sections instead of one whole door that could practically fold itself. The torsion spring of this wrapping door serves as a counterbalance for the steel rolling door's weight. The spring also makes it easier to operate the door using hidden springs underneath a closed barrel. There are multiple springs involved in this door.

          Rolling Door Springs (1)


  • Trac-Rite One-Piece Curtain Door Torsion Springs: Finally, the last garage door spring type (that isn't of the extension spring variety) is used for the single-piece curtain door. Also known as self-storage doors and mini-warehouse doors, they're typically seen in self-storage locations or even as a means to keep shops safe inside buildings after closing time. Instead of combining interlocking slats together, it's one whole piece of steel. The springs used in these doors have ends secured to one of the drums. They wrap around a bolt that fastens to the drum.