No garage door system can function without quality springs, making them one of the most important components of this system. The right garage springs in place will ensure the safe and efficient raising and lowering of your door. So, if you’re trying to close or open your garage door and this doesn’t happen as smoothly as it should when you activate the opener, there is a high chance that you have a broken spring on your hands. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon to have broken springs, especially as they wear out faster in heavy-use environments. However, the good news is that you can repair or replace broken springs and get them back to functioning optimally for your garage door.


To understand how best to go about your broken spring replacement, you should know the various types of springs available. These come in two varieties:

  • Extension springs: This type of spring expands fully when a garage door opens or closes. However, they are usually not expensive, which will save you some extra cash. On the downside, they can only last through approximately 10,000 cycles which means that extension springs have a short lifespan. It would also cost more to repair extension springs since they have more moving parts and require this regularly.
  • Torsion springs: Compared to extension springs, torsion spring systems are more expensive. However, they don’t expand fully on a garage door. Instead, they feature a spring bar placed on a header to control the opening and closing of the door. In addition, since they don’t have as many moving parts as extension springs, they produce less wear and would last for a maximum of 20,000 cycles.