Broken Garage Door Springs

What Is a Garage Door Springs?

A garage door spring is a long, cylindrical spring attached to a metal shaft that runs above your garage door. The spring is a tightly wound steel wire that unwinds to raise the door and winds to lower it. Your garage door may have one or two of these, depending on the model. If the spring breaks you’ll see it separated into two pieces where the break occurred.

A Word of Caution

Garage door springs can be dangerous – even more so when they’re broken -never forget that! That is why you should NEVER even think about touching them no matter how “handy” you may be around the house.

My Garage Door Spring Broke, Now What?

Garage door springs can be dangerous – even more so when they’re broken -never forget that! That is why you should NEVER even think about touching them no matter how “handy” you may be around the house.

The first and most important thing you should do (or more accurately not do) upon finding out that your garage door springs have gone kaput is NOT TO PANIC. Yes, it’s frustrating dealing with broken springs, but suffice it to say panicking will just make it even more stressful.
Don’t Try To Force The Door Open Or Close – Remember what we said about it weighing up-to 500 pounds and just leave it be.
Don’t Disengage The Opener – The garage door opener’s arm may be the only thing stopping the door from slamming down (if open) frightening fast.
Don’t Attempt This Repair Yourself – No matter how many DIY articles and You Tube videos telling otherwise, this project is extremely risky.
This is a very dangerous repair job and should be handled by an experience professional. Legacy Garage Door Repair stands behind ALL our work and provide free estimates for your peace of mind.

Identifying the Problem:

The most common time for a garage door spring to snap is in the closed position when attempting to open the door. As this is the most strenuous movement for the spring, it’s likely to break and get jammed in the closed position, leaving your car either stuck in the garage or locked out. Furthermore, if your garage door is attached to your home and you live in a climate with cold winters like Milwaukee, the inability to enter your car from indoors will be a cold experience for you and may make it difficult for your car to start.
Be sure to identify the problem correctly. There are many reasons why a garage door can get stuck besides for broken springs, including obstructions on the door’s track and misaligned electric eyes. Additionally, unrelated issues such as electrical malfunctions can cause garage doors to stop working and may require the expertise of an electrician as opposed to a garage door technician.

Can I Replace the Springs Myself?
Because of the strength of the garage door spring, it is a dangerous mechanism that can cause severe injuries if not handled correctly. Additionally, replacing a spring is a complex project, and therefore it’s highly recommended that you hire a professional garage door installation expert instead of trying to replace the springs yourself.

How Long Will My Spring Last?
The more you open and close your garage door, the shorter the springs will last. Some estimates put the life of a garage door spring at 5-7 years while others claim springs can last as much as 20 years. The weight and type of garage door you have, coupled with the frequency of use, will impact on the life span of the spring. Additionally, proper maintenance of your door can add to the life of the spring.