Although many people don’t realize it, garage door springs are an important component of garage doors. Garage door springs counteract the force of gravity and make the door easier to open or lift. Not only that, but they also act as a safety mechanism to stop doors from closing accidentally. A garage door that has missing or broken springs is unsafe, and therefore should not be opened or closed.
The good news for people who have broken springs is that you don’t have to replace your entire garage door in order to make it safe once more. As long as your garage door is in good condition, you simply need to change or fix your garage door springs. But how difficult and expensive is it to fix a garage door spring? Keep reading below to find out how to tell if you have broken springs, how to repair broken springs, and how much they cost to repair:
What Can Cause a Garage Door Spring to Break?
There are many reasons why a garage door spring may break. Some of the most common reasons include:
- Lack of lubrication
- The springs installed are low-quality or cheap
- Extreme heat or cold weather
- General wear and tear
How Do You Know If You Have Broken Garage Door Springs?
Unless you’re a garage door installer then there’s a high possibility that you won’t know how to tell whether your garage door has any broken springs. So, to help you out, we’ve made a list of some of the telltale signs that your garage door has a broken spring:
- The door is bent or crooked at the top
- The garage door is hard or heavy to open
- The door won’t stay open on its own
- The safety cables or pulley are loose, or they hang down
- You notice the door making jerky movements when you open it
- The spring unwinds and makes some loud noises
- When closing the door gently, it slams
- The manual emergency rope no longer works
- You can open the door, but the safety lock prevents you from closing it
How Much Does It Cost to Replace or Repair a Garage Door Spring?
If you’ve discovered that you have a broken garage door spring, the good news is that they can be replaced for very little money. In fact, if you choose to replace the spring yourself you can do so for as little as $30. However, if you’d prefer a professional installation, then you may end up paying up to $200 for the replacement.
Understanding the Different Types of Garage Door Springs
Before replacing or repairing a garage door spring, you will need to understand the different types of springs available to you. There are two main categories of garage door springs that you need to be aware of. Here’s a quick overview of the two different options available to you:
- Extension Springs – these types of springs are normally skinny and long. They run parallel to the tracks of the door and store energy by stretching and extending when the door is opened or closed.
- Torsion Springs – depending on the weight, size, and strength of your garage door, there are four different types of torsion springs it can have. These springs sit directly above the door opening on the metal shaft. They are wound to different torsion settings depending on their assembly.
How to Replace Extension Springs
Almost anyone can replace a broken garage door extension spring. Here are the steps to follow if you want to give it a try:
- Purchase the right extension spring based on the weight of your door – extension springs are color-coded to indicate how much weight they can lift
- Open the garage door and clamp it in place
- Un-attach the garage door opener
- Mark the current position of the pulley using tape
- Disconnect the spring from the pulley and track bracket
- Disconnect the safety cable from the old spring
- Thread the safety cable through the new spring and reattach it to the track bracket
- Reattach to the pulley and safety cable.
- Use the piece of tape you positioned earlier to make sure that the pulley is located in the right position
- Remove the clamps
- Re-connect your garage door opener
- Test the garage door to make sure that it is working correctly
How to Replace Torsion Springs
Compared to extension springs which are relatively easy to change, torsion springs are much more difficult and dangerous to replace. This is because they are under a lot of pressure. Not only that, but these types of springs can easily snap and fly around causing damage to your home or injury to yourself. Thanks to this, we wouldn’t recommend that you change these types of springs yourself. Instead, you should consider hiring a professional for this task.
Most problems with garage doors are caused by a broken garage door spring. However, the good news is that garage door springs can be easily fixed, and they don’t cost a fortune to change either. If your garage door has broken springs and is therefore unsafe, make sure you change them as soon as possible to prevent any accidents from occurring.