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How to Adjust Your Garage Door Spring Tension

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  • 01 Dec 2016
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Over time your garage door springs can lose tension and be in need of adjustment. Here at Neighborhood Garage Door Service of Harford, CT suggests that you check the tension of the springs of your door on a yearly basis. It is also important to do general maintenance checks of the mechanical parts of your door as well.

If you need to re-adjust your door, here are the steps that you need to follow.

1. Check The Tension

The garage door should lift itself up when you start pushing it open. Give the door a pull up and see how far it goes up on its own. If it stops halfway, then you will know that the tension needs to be adjusted.

2. Look For Instructions

Since this is a basic maintenance routine for your garage door, you may find instructions of how to perform this on the back of your door. Look at any instructions that may be on the back of the door to see what is suggested. If you do not have those instructions, then you can do the following to adjust the tension.

3. Gather Tools


First, you will need to gather the necessary tools to do the work. These tools include:

  • 2 wrenches
  • Pliers
  • Clamp pliers
  • Nail
  • Ladder
  • Alan wrenches

Once you have these things in place, you can get started on tightening the tension on your garage door springs.

4. Clamping Pliers

Place clamping pliers on the side of the bracket that holds the spring in place. You will attach it to the bar. Tighten up the clamping pliers. Make sure that it is tight enough to move the bar when you push it up or down.

5. Place Nail in The Spring Anchor

Use a nail or something metal that is small enough to fit into the hole where the spring anchor is located. This is on the other side of the bracket from where you will place your clamping pliers. Make sure that the nail comes out the other side. You may need to crank the pliers up a bit to get it in the right position for the nail to go all the way through.

6. Spring Tension

Now is a time when you will need to the Alan wrenches and wrenches. Start by taking your two wrenches and placing them on the other side of the part that holds the tension. You may need to loosen both grub screws, but it is possible that it may not be necessary.

Turn up to tighten and down to loosen the tension on your overhead door. Be sure to tighten both of the grub screws. Crank them as tightly as you possibly can. Once you have done 3-4 turns, lock up the grub screw so that it does not loosen the tension.

7. Test the Door

Once you have tightened the grub screws, go to the other side of the door and take off the clamping pliers. Test the door and see if the tension is right. If it is not correct, then do the process again until it is working properly.

Here at Neighborhood Garage Door Services of Hartford, CT can perform this maintenance for you if you need. Our team is able to come out and service your entire door at a time that will work for you. Call us today if you need help adjusting the tension on your garage door.

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