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Everything You Need to Know About Garage Door Springs

What causes a garage door spring to break?

When it comes to your garage door, the springs pretty much do all of the hard work. Many homeowners are perplexed by garage door springs breaking since they don't know what function garage door springs serve, how to repair them, or why they break - all of which is crucial knowledge to have before you end up late for work because you were unable to open the door

To begin, what kind of spring do I have and why is it significant?

Extension Springs

• The extension spring systems are attached to either side of the garage door track. When the door is in motion, they extend and compress with the aid of cables and pulleys.

Torsion Springs

• Torsion spring systems are made up of one or two (depending on the size) tightly wound springs. The springs are mounted horizontally on a steel shaft with cable drums at both ends. The torsion spring is attached to the header wall above the garage door. It's most often comprised of a three-pronged support system with a middle and two end bearing plates on either side.

Regarding the spring type

• Your garage springs, regardless of type, assist your door in raising and lowering. When the garage door is lowered, the springs get tighter. When the garage door is raised, tension is released, and the spring helps with the lift. When the garage door is closed, the springs are already at their maximum tension. As a result, when the door is down, most garage door springs fracture. When the spring break while the door is in the open position on rare occasions, it may smash to the ground. This is why it's critical to avoid walking underneath a working door.

The Most Common Causes of Garage Doors Spring Failure

Wear and Tear

The most common reason for garage door spring failure is wear and tear. The majority of springs are designed and rated for 10,000 cycles – one cycle being the garage door opening and closing. It may appear to be a lot, but bear in mind that you go through at least two cycles each day just getting your automobile out and back into the garage. If you run any errands, your spouse goes to work via the same garage, or children open and close the door for no reason, these daily cycles can accumulate very quickly than you may imagine. Consider getting long-lasting torsion springs, which are rated for 20,000 cycles or more, if your garage door has become your "front door" and is used excessively.


Rust will reduce the life of your springs if it appears in the spring. When the coil rub against one another, rust increases friction and causes them to wear out faster. Furthermore, as rust destroys the coils, it makes them weaker and speeds up their failure. Spraying down the spring with a silicone-based lubricant, three or four times a year, may help keep it well lubricated and increase its lifespan.

Improper Maintenance

Garage door springs will eventually break, but regular maintenance can not only extend the life of the springs, but also help you detect when they are on the verge of failure. This can also assist you avoid potentially costly and time-consuming spring breaking and repair efforts. Following are a few ways to maintain your spring for years. Aside from lubricating the spring with white lithium grease once or twice a year, there are several things you can do to help keep it working well. Check for any obstructions to prevent the garage door from dropping. Check the balance of your garage door at least once a year, especially during the winter when most springs break down.

How to check the balance of your Garage Door:

  • To switch to manual mode, pull the emergency release cord (it has a red handle).
  • Open the door completely. If it’s kept still, springs in excellent working order should keep it that way; if the door drops and falls a bit, the springs are showing signs of wear and may need to be adjusted or replaced.
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How Much Does It Cost To Repair Or Replace A Garage Door Spring?

Garage door springs are one of the most important and undervalued parts of maintaining your Garage Door proper and reliable operation.

Repairing them can cost an average price between $250 and $500, but there’s also other services like conversion from two different springs systems at a time which will run you between $450 $600!

Garage Door Spring Repair meaning that the replacement will be your only option rather than balancing a garage door and lubricating its mechanisms which costs just as much ($120-$150) but can usually prevent any issues accrue due to a poor balanced garage door and springs at hand without having too replace anything in particular if necessary so long as there isn’t excessive wear present on either part. 

When you have a Garage door with two springs (usually 2 car doors), one will break first.

You probably won’t notice the first one (if you have a none insulated door) until it’s too late and your other spring has failed as well! In this case, replace both springs at once to maintain a proper balance in between the two spring tension.

Plus, if even just one had given out on its own before then there is no doubt about when another would go next – usually sooner rather than later since those are weak points that need replacing soonest for safety reasons anyway
 Installing new garage door springs can be expensive, but fortunately there are ways to keep costs down and avoid serious disturbances in your daily life by performing routine maintenance.


As of February 2024

$280* per spring including labor
  • Average Cost $400
  • High Cost $600
  • Low Cost $260

Replacing garage door springs is a costly endeavour.

The cost varies depending on the type and condition of your existing set, but you can expect to pay between 250-500 dollars for both new ones as well as installation are most common ranges found within this industry.

If it’s been awhile since this task was last completed then remember: they only lasts 10 thousand cycles before wearing out so make sure not neglecting these important parts during any renovation projects!

Replacing garage door springs is a common repair, and they are the most likely part of your garage door to fail.

The spring itself typically runs 120-180 each and commercial grade can cost as much as 300 or more

Replacing garage door springs is an essential part of maintaining your home.

The cost for one can vary depending on the type, material and condition but $250 to $500 dollars are most common ranges found within this industry.

Springs themselves typically range between 120-180 each with commercial grade versions costing 300 or more per spring!

Springs last 10-20 thousand cycles on average or 7-15 years depend on the usage, but they will eventually weaken and break with the use

They’re usually both replaced at once (in case one breaks).

Most double doors come equipped with two springs

They come in two different types:

  • Extension Springs (old or budget style)

  • Torsion coils Springs

Torsion springs and “Bar” (also called torsion spring shaft) are a necessary part of any garage door, but they can be costly to replace if not done correctly.

Replacing just one spring costs anywhere from $250-$300 while two will set you back an additional 120-180 dollars each!

If the spring bar need to be replaced you can expect to pay extra $80-$200 depend on the thickness and length.

When replacing your springs, make sure that both the old and new ones match up because this affects how will your door will work for the next 7-15 years or 10000 cycles depending on use

They’re located above the top panels near the opener rail so look there first

Before installation, extension springs cost anywhere from $80 to $150.

They last from 7 to 12 years with an average warranty of 3 to 5 years provided by the manufacturer.

However, their installation is easier because there are no torsion rod systems that need replacing or adjusting in your home’s system which can be time consuming

The cost to replace your garage door both springs and cables is $460-$560.

If you’re looking for a professional, they’ll charge around $200 for just the cables, but will often work with prices when it comes to springs too.

Other expenses may also apply such like if torsion cables, cable drums, hinges or rollers need replacement. This components have the same life cycle as the garage door springs.

Double door springs often cost $120 to $180 more than a single garage door, since you’ll likely need another spring for the extra weight.

Labor costs remain consistent and fair across all jobs regardless of how many springs (1 or 2) are being replaced or installed at once on one door.

You won’t find a difference in price between different types of doors, just the type and size of springs on them. However, if there is not enough space for your door technician to be able access parts needed repairs or tune ups, than they might charge you slightly higher rate because it becomes difficult with tight spaces and may require special equipment like ramps, hoists, special lifters, etc.

The cost to replace a broken spring is $260-500 on average.

You can’t repair it, so when you think about repairs for your garage door springs – which are always replacements in these scenarios – be aware that there might not just have been some tamping down with the weight of something being stored at their ends; instead professionals will assess how well balanced everything else around those pivots has become as well through different inspections like springs balancing or lubricating each individual section where necessary, according top pro advice from local experts who know what they’re doing!

One of the most important parts about your garage is making sure that it stays in good working order.

You don’t want any leaks or problems with the springs, which could lead to more expensive repairs down the line!

A tune up can help with this by lubricating them so they work properly as well as adjusting their tension when necessary-making sure everything works smoothly for years ahead without hassle.

Tune ups usually include: lubricating springs; adjusting their tension when necessary (depending on how out-of all balance they seem); tightening any loose screws or nuts as well checking cable feeds drums & rollers

If you have never had one before then expect anywhere from $120-$150 plus an annual roll call on these increments depending upon frequency needed

To switch from extension or internal, to torsion springs costs $400 up.

A conversion kit will run you between 250 and 500 dollars; some people might be lucky enough that their old system was installed with compatible hardware, but most changes require an entirely new installation process – this includes installing:

  • Center bearing.
  • A centre bearing plate.
  • Cables drums.
  • An end bearing plate.
  • A rod or spring tube.
  • Spring bushing

You’ll pay anywhere from $120 to $180 for springs alone.

Most extension types cost half as much as the heavier torsion springs

$120 - $180
$80 - $150
10,000 - 20,000 cycles
8,000 - 15,000 Cycles
Life Cycle
8 - 15 years
7 - 12 years
Life Time
Commercial grade garage door springs cost anywhere from $300 to $500 for the springs alone, but adding in labor can add another $150-$300.
They’re typically stronger and have been used more often than residential versions of this product, which makes them worth their weight in gold!

Hiring a professional to handle garage door spring repairs and replacements is much easier than you might think.

There’s nothing more dangerous or time-consuming that trying to do this on your own, but luckily professionals have the experience needed as well as specialized equipment for safety purposes!

Unless it needs just minor adjustments like lubrication or fixing an imbalance problem (which doesn’t take long), make sure first call should be made by any homeowner who wants their springs fixed up right quickly without risking life or limb in doing so themselves.

It’s not safe to attempt this yourself. Springs are under incredibly high tension, which can cause serious damage and physical harm in the wrong hands – don’t risk your safety!

A pro follows these steps for the job:

Turns off power to your garage door so it doesn’t accidentally move up or down, measures existing springs make sure new ones are the same size, winds them up with care and attention, lubricates every nook-and -cranny before winding all tightens everything back on one last check test drive

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If your garage door spring breaks, the other one takes all the weight, so you might notice any problems with:

  • A slow rise and fall of the door (or stuck).
  • It doesn't open at all or gets stuck in its tracks. With torsion springs this would make opening very difficult for anyone but even then sometimes people don’t know exactly when they first went out because they can still operate them when the door is none insulated or light weight
  • In some situations, with torsion springs, you won't even notice one spring broken until the second one does.

A typical garage door spring might last 10,000 cycles or 7 to 12 years.

It's dangerous to replace garage door springs yourself! The incredible tension they're under can cause injury. Hiring the right professionals will ensure that you don't get injured or damage anything in your home.

Yes, you should replace both garage doors springs at the same time as this will ensure that both springs are at the same tension

Professional garage door technicians will tell you to oil or lubricate your springs at least once a year. Since it only costs $5-$10, this is the best way for them keep working smoothly without problems! Consider greasing up those rollers twice in between jobs- that's what we recommend here anyway. Check this article about different kinds of Garage Door Lubricants.

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GVA Garage Door Spring Replacement Services!

At GVA Garage Doors, we’re dedicated to providing exceptional garage door spring replacement services across the Greater Vancouver Lower Mainland. But don’t just take our word for it – see what our satisfied customers have to say!

Discover real-life experiences from those who have trusted us with their garage door spring repairs and replacements. You’ll understand why GVA Garage Doors is the preferred choice for residents in Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey, Coquitlam, Langley, and Richmond.

Garage Door Spring Replacement Service

A garage door's operation relies on a properly sized spring. When this vital component breaks, it can cause the entire system to become unbalanced and difficult or impossible for you open with your manual opener because of weight which can be somewhere between 150lb - 350lb! We strongly advise against trying repair yourself as further damage will occur if not done correctly - GVA Garage Doors is here help prevent any injuries by fixing broken torsion springs/extension springs quickly so please don't hesitate in calling us today!

By calling GVA Garage Doors, you can be assured that:

A lot of garage doors are installed with two springs; if one breaks, it is likely that their other is close to the end of life as well. After evaluating your door to determine what type Garage door springs and springs system the customer have, our technicians will usually recommend replacing each individual torsion spring to guarantee a proper balance and operation of your garage door.
Extension springs should be replaced in pairs to ensure proper balance and functionality.

There are many factors that go into choosing a garage door spring. All do not use the same Garage door springs and they come in many different track configurations, sizes and weight that influence what type or length of wire you need for your specific installation needs- ours will be specially tailored to meet those specifications!
This means you need a specific type of spring, which will respond correctly when pulling on each side – no matter how heavy or lightweight they are respectively!

The safety of garage doors is an absolute priority for GVA garage doors. Upon completion of a spring replacement, our technicians will perform an inspection to ensure that all hardware and moving parts are properly lubricated and in good working condition. We also give you peace of mind by installing new cables that keep your extension springs from flying through the garage if they break or fall off during operation.

When it comes to repairing a garage door spring, GVA Garage Doors is home to the most reliable service technicians in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Canada. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you get back on track and run smoothly during any hour of the day!

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If you require a Repair for your Broken Garage Door Springs call us: (604) 398-4009.


Garage Door Springs Repair or Replacement
Garage Door Springs Repair or Replacement

Garage door springs broken or need to be fixed as soon as possible?  

Call us 24/7 at (604) 398-4009.

If you are reading this, it is very likely that you are looking for repair or replacement of the garage door spring because your door does not open or close correctly. 

At GVA Garage Doors, we are able to offer this service at a reasonable cost to our customers in Burnaby and Metro Vancouver. 

We take care of all the garage door matters so you can be sure we will take care of it for you. 

We are experts in garage door spring repair and we are able to install a new garage door for you if the present is too old. 

We also provide emergency repairs – Up to 90 minute response time during business hours for all garage door emergencies.

You may never think about this, but the garage door is the heaviest moving object in your house, often weighing more than 350 or 400 pounds!    

We rely blindly on the rollers, rails, tracks and springs when the door goes up and down, and also often with a car or someone under it while it opens. 

The part that does most of the work is a spring, and it does it under hundreds of pounds of pressure and twisting. 

Unfortunately, these springs can frequently break, making the door stand still and trapping a car inside or outside the garage.

While this is a job that can be done by homeowners with experience and the right equipment, it’s not recommended unless you know what you’re doing.

For safety and guarantee reasons, garage door springs should always be replaced by an overhead door specialist.

The garage door must always be in good condition. 

Many homeowners forget that the garage door is a gateway to the house. 

In fact, an intruder is more likely to enter your house through the garage and not the front door or windows. 

If your garage door has not been maintained on a regular basis, it’s time for you to take action. 

Call us at GVA Garage Doors and we’ll make sure you have a safe garage door.

One of the things that distinguishes us from other garage door businesses in the Grater Vancouver area, is the quality of the work we provide. 
All of our technicians are very well trained and come to us with extensive experience. 
They’re not just experts in all the things to do with various makes of garage doors, they are also professional, courteous and they work quickly so that they can put themselves out of your way. 
In addition, we only use parts of leading manufacturers so that you can be sure that the repairs or installations we undertake for you will last a long time. 
We don’t stop there; our technicians work with a 21-point checklist that allows them to ensure that your garage door is in optimal condition.

We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so you can reach out to us anytime you have a garage door emergency on (604) 398-4009.

We now provide services in Greater Toronto Area and if you need garage door spring repairs in South Ontario check gtagaragedoors.ca 


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