A broken garage door spring is something that should be repaired immediately.
While the garage door itself may last decades, the springs do not. Replacing garage door springs is one of the most common garage door repairs homeowners will face.
How long do garage door springs last?
The torsion springs are centrally located above the garage door and act as a counterbalance to the weight of the door itself. Essentially, the springs do all the heavy lifting.
“Springs get a lot of wear and tear because they handle the weight of the door,” says John Wood, owner of A Plus Garage Doors in Palmdale, California. “The type of spring you have depends on the type of door you have — the heavier the door, the more heavy duty the spring. They’re full of tension and made of metal, so after so many cycles, they just snap and break.”
While replacing the garage door springs is a common repair, it’s not something that repeatedly happens to the same garage door. Springs typically last around 10 years.
How much do garage door springs cost?
On average, the cost for a professional to replace broken garage door springs is $200 to $300.
“Usually only one spring is going to break at a time, but you want to replace them as a pair,” says Doug Berlin, owner of Above the Rest Garage Doors in Kissimmee, Florida. “If one is broken, the other one is not far behind. Some of these doors weigh 300 pounds. They’re fairly large springs.”
But no matter the size of the spring, experts say homeowners should be leery of a company charging more than around $200 to replace the springs.
“That’s the most common scam that’s out there,” says Jason Carter, customer service manager at Banko Overhead Doors in Tampa, Florida. “A lot of companies will tell customers they need seven different parts in addition to the springs, and charge them $500 to $600. We charge $225 to replace springs on a two-car garage, and that includes tax, labor and galvanized springs.”