How to Buy Garage Door Springs - DDM Garage Doors Blog

Posted January 17th, 2020 at 12:57 pm by Dan Musick

Example of the Eight Different Types of Garage Door Springs
How to Buy the Eight Types of Garage Door Springs

1. In order to purchase springs, the first step is to identify the type. On our Garage Door Springs page, we show eight types of springs: Standard Garage Door Torsion Springs, Wayne Dalton TorqueMaster Torsion Springs, Sectional Garage Door Extension Springs; Clopay, Ideal and Holmes Garage Door EZ-Set Torsion Springs, One-Piece Garage Door Extension Springs, Self-Storage Roll-up Door Springs; Commercial and Industrial Torsion Springs, and Steel Rolling Door Torsion Springs.

2. Depending on the type of door springs you have, the second step is to measure the springs, weigh the door, or identify the springs or type of door you have.

YouTube video that Shows How to Measure Garage Door Springs
YouTube video that Shows How to Measure Garage Door Springs

Measuring springs.

The springs we recommend measuring are the standard residential torsion springs, self-storage roll-up door springs, standard commercial and industrial torsion springs, and the steel rolling door torsion springs. The only way to order springs for one-piece garage doors is by measuring them. Thus, instructions are on our One-Piece Garage Door Extension Springs page.

Weighing the Door.

Many do-it-yourselfers prefer to weigh their garage door, and often that’s the only way to determine the springs you need. Therefore, this method works with sectional doors with standard, EZ Set, TorqueMaster or extension springs.

Snapshot of the door being weighed on an analog scale
Sometimes the best way to buy a spring is to
weigh the door and measure its width and height.

There are basically two ways to weigh a garage door. First off, if you have standard torsion springs, you can usually insert a bar into the cone of the unbroken spring and backwind the spring as we show in our How to Weigh a Garage Door YouTube video.

Another way to weigh a door is to raise the door and slide the scale underneath. If the springs are still tensioned, the cables will need to be vise-gripped to allow the full weight of the door to rest on the scale. In particular, our second YouTube video titled How To Weigh a Garage Door shows how to do this. This method is helpful for normal residential and commercial sectional doors with torsion or extension springs, Wayne Dalton TorqueMaster systems, and doors with the EZ Set spring system.

Identify the Door or Springs.

If it is neither convenient nor possible to measure the springs or weigh the door, a third option is to identify the door or springs. Our blog titled “How to Identify Doors by Model Number, Serial Number, and PID Numbers.” This is helpful for the Clopay, Holmes, and Ideal garage doors. Additionally, Wayne Dalton doors usually identify the springs on labels stuck to the outside of the tube.

Wayne Dalton TorqueMaster Spring Identification sticker
Wayne Dalton TorqueMaster Spring Identification

Raynor doors often have metal tags that identify their springs.

Image showing Raynor torsion spring with a metal tag identifying it
Raynor torsion springs usually have metal tags to identify the springs.

The metal tag usually begins with the door serial number, as you see here with the 898185. Next is the wire size: .225, and then the length of 21 inches. The “B” if the designation for the 2 1/4″ inside diameter, and the “R/L” designates a pair of springs with one right wind and one left wind spring. Therefore, on a single spring, only one letter for the wind appears.

Raynor identification tag representing the serial number, wire size, length, inside diameter, and wind
Raynor identifies their springs with the serial number, wire size, length, inside diameter, and wind.

3. Order springs based on the type. The final step is to buy garage door springs based on the information gathered in the first two steps. Just follow the links in Step 1 above. All things considered, most springs ship the same or next day. These links on the bottom of every page should help: Contact Information & Hours, How to Order, and Shipping and Pick Up Information.

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