Garage Remodel: How To Remove Your Garage Door

Posted on: 7 April 2015

If you are planning on remodeling your garage, you will need to remove the garage door and all the mechanisms. There is a lot more involved than just pulling the door off its hinges. Garage doors have multiple mechanisms and electrical wires that you need to remove and disconnect before the door itself can come off. Here are some easy tips to follow when trying to remove your garage door.

Prepare for Removing the Door

Before you start tackling this job, make sure you are prepared. The first thing you need to do is make sure you have at least one other person, but preferably two people, to help you. It is almost impossible to remove a garage door on your own since there is a lot involved and the door itself is so large and bulky. Once you have some people to help out, gather supplies. To remove a garage door, you will need:

  • Hammer
  • Pliers
  • Pry bar
  • Screwdriver
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Socket wrench set
  • Clamps

Check the Door's Springs

Your garage door will have either extension springs or torsion springs to help it rise and lower. You need to find out what type of springs your garage door uses, because this will determine whether or not you need a professional. If you have springs attached to the header area above the door when it is closed, you have torsion springs. If you have springs at the top tracks on both sides of your garage doors, you have extension springs.

With the latter, you will be able to remove the garage door yourself. However, if you have torsion springs, you should contact a professional to help you remove them. Working with these types of springs is dangerous and it is best not to attempt it on your own.

Disconnect the Power and Wires

If you have an electric garage door, the power needs to be disconnected before you remove the door. Go to your home's electrical panel and remove the circuit breakers that power the garage door. Unplug the garage door opener and disconnect any wires that are running to the opener switch. Once that is done, you will need to disconnect the support arm by pulling the release cord.

Have someone else hold the door steady while you get out your socket wrench and remove the bolts on the trolley. This will either be on the ceiling on one side or on the wall, and is connected to a power unit. Also, remove the bolts that are attaching the power unit, additional hardware found attached to this unit, and the garage door opener.

Disassemble the Springs

Once all of the power is connected, it is safe to remove the springs. With help from a friend, raise the door and use your clamps to secure it to the tracks on the sides. This will keep the door from rolling down while you are trying to remove the springs. Use your pliers to remove the cables from the brackets on either side of your garage door, and disassemble the pulleys and springs. Have someone hold the door in place while you remove the clamps.

To prevent pinching your fingers, put a block of wood or other stable material under the landing as you lower the door. Begin removing all the brackets connected to the door, as well as the roller hinges. It is best to start removing the ones at the top, then work your way down to the bottom. Finally, remove the door jambs on the sides of the door with a hammer and pry bar. You can now move the door and begin working on your remodeling project. To learn more, contact a business like Plano Overhead Garage Door.