Repairing Your Broken Garage Door Spring

Garage door springs should be adjusted or replaced by a trained professional. The reason for this is that, springs have very high tension and trying to adjust them may cause serious injury. In addition, replacing garage door springs requires the proper tools and have to be adjusted according to the doors weight.

Operating your garage door with a broken spring may cause damage to the garage opener. This happens because the opener is not meant to lift the entire weight of the garage door. The garage door springs are meant to carry the weight of the door, which allows the opener to lift the door with ease.

Garage Door Springs Lifespan

Garage door springs have a certain lifespan, depending on the usage of the garage door, garage door springs last about 7-10 years. Once the spring breaks, the tension is released from the spring and it no longer holds the weight of the garage door.

types of garage door spring systems:

There are two types of garage door spring systems. Torsion spring and Extension spring systems. The torsion spring is a big spring located on top and in the middle of the garage door. Extension springs are located on the side of the door, one on each side.

Some garage doors have two torsion springs, usually both are replaced. Replacing one spring can cause the door to be misaligned. Usually not replacing both springs can cause the second spring to break a short while after. The same goes for the extension springs.

Replacing garage door springs is one of the most common garage door repairs. Our technicians carry many types of springs and each one is matched precisely for each garage door. When in need of replacing your garage door springs, our technicians need to measure the spring on site to give you the exact cost. Since there are so many different types of springs we cannot give you an exact estimate over the phone.

Our springs are of high quality and very durable, replacing garage door springs should be done every 7-10 years. If you see signs or hear a weird noise from the spring system, it is recommended to have a technician replace them before the break.

At Garage Door Guru, we know how frustrating an inoperative garage door can be. That is why we provide fast service even on weekends. Don’t let broken garage door springs prevent your door from working. Call us for fast and professional garage door spring repair service!

Why garage door springs fail

We often get calls from customers that have problems with garage door springs. If you want to know why these springs break, we can give you the opinion of well-informed professionals that have years of experience in the field

Spring age

The springs in every garage door have to lift heavy weights on a regular basis. They help open and close the garage door, after all. This means that they take a lot of abuse over the years. The normal wear adds up over long periods of time and causes metal fatigue. After a certain point, they weaken and snap.

Spring corrosion

Unfortunately, you can have problems with corrosion even if your garage door and its springs aren’t all that old. Dust, dirt, and water can corrode your door springs making them brittle and weak. If you already have a broken spring, inspect it for rust. If the spring shows signs of corrosion, then you should check your replacement spring more often. Even small amounts of rust can shorten the lifespan of springs.

Poor maintenance

Like with any other part of your house, you garage doors need to be checked for wear once in a while.

Maintenance is necessary if you want to keep your door working as intended. If you don’t take a look at each part from time to time, your door’s system can fail. What this leads to most often is a broken spring.

To expand the life of your garage door, you should perform maintenance once a year. This should include checking the door’s balance and lubrication of mechanisms. To make sure your door is balanced, all you have to do is lift it up halfway before letting it go. If your door goes down a little instead of staying in place, then you have worn springs.

Incorrect installation

Sometimes, spring failure turns out to be the result of improper installation. That’s why you should always contact a company that has experience in garage door installation and a good reputation.

Manufacturing mistakes

Errors in manufacturing are rare but can happen sometimes. Any spring can break because of a mistake during its production, even if it’s in great shape. You might not notice a spring is faulty, but a garage door repair service will see it straight away.


Contact the pros at Garage Door Guru New York for your overhead garage door maintenance needs. With our fully stocked trucks, our technicians are typically able to fix all problems on the same day as we arrive. If your garage door opener stops working at any time, call us right away! We offer emergency service anytime you need it!

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