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To purchase torsion springs that are torqued with a Clopay winder visit our springs page for Clopay, Ideal and Holmes EZ-Set Springs. To purchase extension springs that stretch above the tracks as the door closes visit our springs page for Clopay, Ideal and Holmes Extension Springs.
Standard Extension Springs These are coiled springs installed above the door's horizontal track. Experienced do-it-yourselfer's can install these springs by closely following the installation instructions and safety warnings included with each Clopay garage door. Standard Torsion Springs These include a shaft, spring and drum assembly installed directly above the door opening. The torsion spring distributes the garage door's weight evenly, which is critical with a wide and/or extremely heavy door. Standard torsion springs should only be installed and removed by a trained garage door professional.
EZ-Set springs are specially gapped in the factory, so they tend to be much more flexible than standard torsion springs.Our specially gapped springs have the same properties so they can work with your EZ-Set system. Most standard torsion springs are not OEM springs because they can come from various manufacturers and function the same as the original spring. Our specially-gapped springs are not manufactured by Clopay or Ideal, but they are suitable replacements. And depending on inventory levels we can often provide longer life gapped springs for your EZ-Set system.
To purchase standard garage door torsion springs that work with standard Clopay hardware, click the Clopay part number or description below. You will be taken to the shopping cart of our standard torsion springs page where you can follow the links for paying for the parts. Please note: As you look at the door from inside the garage, the spring to the left of the center support bracket is normally right wind, and the spring on the right side is a left wind spring.
Clopay serial number and model number.Most Clopay doors have a sticker at the left or right end of the door, usually on the second section from the bottom, but sometimes the sticker is just above one of the bottom fixtures. Here you will find the serial number, with the door model number embedded in the number. If the sticker also has a PID number, the model number will be embedded in that. To the right you can see a sticker for a Clopay model 4050 garage door. If you provide us with the serial number or PID number we will be happy to determine the model number for you.
The following explanations should help you understand the descriptions for your springs. The "#" sign follows a number that designates the door weight. The number marked by the "k" designates the cycle life rating in thousands of cycles. The industry standard is 10-15,000 cycles. These usually last six to 10 years. If your door is in good shape, and if you plan to live in your house more years than that, you will benefit from ordering longer life springs. The "LW" and "RW" designate the winds of the springs. Doors weighing 208 pounds or less get one left wind spring for the left side. On the 242 pound doors you will need two springs, a left wind spring for the left side, and a right wind spring for the right side. You can order the springs with cones and spacers or without cones and spacers. Directions for replacing your springs and for removing and reinstalling EZ Set cones are at our Single Ez-Set Torsion Spring Replacement page.
In order to replace your EZ-Set springs, you will need to make some careful measurements. This hold true for whatever type of spring you purchase: Clopay's EZ-Set springs, our specially-gapped springs, or standard torsion springs for a conversion project.
Standard Torsion Springs These include a shaft, spring and drum assembly installed directly above the door opening. The torsion spring distributes the garage door's weight evenly, which is critical with a wide and/or extremely heavy door. Standard torsion springs should only be installed and removed by a trained garage door professional.
The special extension spring streching mechanism, pictured on the right, secures to the track near the fixed pulley at the front of the door. A cable in the stretching unit runs through a pulley attached to the extension spring and travels back to the pully near the stretching unit. It then runs down to the bottom fixture on the garage door. When the stretching unit shortens the cable, it stretches the extension spring, which in turn decreases the weight of the garage door. With both springs stretched the proper length, your garage door should be balanced.
Clopay also has an EZ-Set extension spring system. Like the torsion spring system, the EZ-Set extension spring system has its own line of hardware. Rather than winding the springs with a drill, the EZ-Set extension spring winder stretches the extension spring with a drill. This can be done with the garage door closed, which minimizes the risk of property damage and personal injury that comes when trying to lift the door with a broken spring.
If you operated your garage door manually (without the opener) before the spring broke, was it easy to open? If the springs are well-matched with the door weight, it should have been easy to open the door. At the same time, the door should have stayed on the ground when it was closed. If this is the case, you can replace your old spring with a new spring with the same dimensions. (I have two springs: Should I replace them both?)
EZ-Set torsion springs use a winding cone, like the one pictured here, as a stationary cone.The EZ-Set Spring has a winder cone on the end which secures to the winder. The winder is held in place by the end bracket, so the torsion springs are on the ends of the door instead of in the middle. The other end of the torsion spring has a stationary cone which, in most cases, is called a winding cone. Standard torsion springs uses this cone to wind the spring and then secure it to the shaft by tightening the setscrews. EZ-Set torsion springs use this cone to secure the spring to the shaft before the spring is wound.
One unique characteristic of these springs is that they are manufactured with gaps between the coils. They are also installed with a spacer on the shaft inside the spring. This spacer keeps the torsion spring stretched to its necessary length. Standard torsion springs will not work on these doors. This is because the coils need to be gapped. If you stretch a standard spring to obtain the necessary gapping, the winding cone will pull out of the winder - if not when it is stretched, it will when the door is opened. EZ-Set springs are pre-gapped and held to the proper length so that the coils will not bind. As a result, each spring tends to appear more slinky-like than standard springs.
Clopay's patented EZ-SET Extension Spring System is designed with the do-it-yourselfer in mind, making installation simpler and safer. Our unique system eliminates the need to manually lift the deadweight of unsprung garage doors. If you choose to install a door with extension springs, we recommend you use EZ-SET.
These include a shaft, spring and drum assembly installed directly above the door opening. The torsion spring distributes the garage door's weight evenly, which is critical with a wide and/or extremely heavy door. Standard torsion springs should only be installed and removed by a trained garage door professional.
Clopay's EZ-Set torsion spring system, which was designed by Ideal Door, uses unique parts. Pictured below is the layout of these garage door parts in a single-spring system.
Many garage doors have a label on the bottom section that gives the serial number.If you decide to find your door information, we need the following information: the manufacturer and model number and the door dimensions. If you have a 16 X 7 garage door without hurricane bracing, you can purchase replacement springs online.
The last piece of information is the wind of the spring. If your spring is on the left side of the door, it is left wind; if it is on the right side, it is right wind. Garage doors with EZ-Set systems normally have only one spring on the left side. If there are two springs, there will be an additional spring on the right side. See our How to Measure Torsion Springs page for more information.
Some model numbers are located on the side of the door.Ideal Door usually fixes labels on the very end of each section at one end of the door. If the door is part way open, you can see the label below the curved portion of horizontal track or above the horizontal tracks. If the door is closed, look behind the vertical track with a flashlight on both sides of the door to find numbers such as S4RSF, M4RSF, S6RST, M6RST, SDP-38 or MDP-38.
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