After a few years, the springs on your garage door will wear and break. Usually, depending on the springs, the lifespan varies between 4-9 years. There are two types of springs:

  1. Torsion springs – These are mounted on top of the door and balance the door’s weight from above. They have a shorter lifespan of 4-6 years compared to extension springs.

  2. Extension springs – These are placed along the length of the door. Compared to torsion springs, they have a longer lifespan of 7-9 years.

The lifespan of the springs may be affected by maintenance issues. Well maintained springs generally last longer than the poorly maintained springs. As a homeowner, you should be keen on any changes in the way your garage door operates. If you notice something other than the ordinary, you may want to call in an expert to determine the exact problem with your garage door and fix it.

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The following are what to watch out for:

  • Resistance when operating the door – whether you are garage door operates manually or electrically, if you notice a bit of resistance when opening or closing the door, it is a sign that your springs are faulty.

  • A squeak sound from your garage door – this indicates the need to lubricate your sprigs.

  • Lack of balance – A well functioning garage door should be able to stay in position when left open. However, if the springs are faulty, the garage door cannot stay open unless supported.

Broken spring repair

Broken springs can be repaired by:

  • Lubrication – Lubrication reduces the friction between parts as the door is opened or closed. Constant friction speeds up the tear and wears process of your springs reducing the lifespan.

  • Adjustment/ rebalancing – An adjustment problem can cause your springs not to function properly. While it is advised to perform rebalancing of your springs every two years. It is important to do so with changing temperature conditions.

  • Tightening of parts – Loose nuts and bolts may cause a problem on your springs affecting their overall performance. If well handled, your springs function optimally and so does your garage door.

  • Checking and fixing cable feeds – Extension springs feature additional safety cables to minimize the chances of the door tumbling down on when the springs are broken. During repair, this must be checked on to ensure they are well placed and function accordingly.

  • Replacement – In most cases, broken springs need to be replaced by new ones.

Garage springs repair

Garage springs repair is an expert job which requires technical knowledge and tools to handle the task. Usually, the charges range from $100-$200 depending on the scope of service. When doing replacements, the final cost will include the cost of buying the springs and labor charges for the expert.

When buying your springs, it is important to note:

  • The length of the spring

  • The diameter of the spring

  • The direction of wound on the spring i.e. left or right

  • The diameter of the wire gauge


Garage doors will break their springs from time to time. Consult an expert service provider within Brampton to identify and fix the problems with your garage doors.