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Average Cost To Repair A Garage Door Spring

Typical Range: $100 - $200

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Garage Door Springs Cost

Garage door spring repair costs an average of $250 for both materials and labor with a typical range between $150 and $350 which includes replacing two springs. For multi-door garages or installs needing other components replaced, you might pay up to $500.

Repair almost always means replacement, but you might only need to balance the door and lubricate the springs, which only costs $50 to $100. Materials alone (springs, brackets and hardware) run $30 to $200 for a set of two springs with labor running $75 to $150.

Most doors include two springs, both of which you can't repair but only replace once they fail. You probably won't notice the first spring break until the second one goes. Even if only one fails in any way, you should replace both at the same time to maintain door balance. Besides, if one failed, it's only a matter of time until the other one does. It's usually cheaper to replace both during the same visit.

Garage Door Spring Repair Prices
National Average$200
Typical Range$100 - $300
Low End - High End$50 - $500

Garage Door Spring Replacement Cost

Replacing garage door springs costs $100 to $300 on average. The springs alone typically run $30 to $75 each but you may find them as low as $15 a piece and up to $100 each. Commercial grade springs can run $300 or more. Also keep in mind that most doors have two springs and you'll want to replace both at the same time. When repairing your garage door springs, keep in mind the following basics:

  • They last 10,000 to 20,000 cycles. Over time though, they weaken and will eventually break.
  • They're the most likely part to break. When your garage door malfunctions, the springs are the part you'll most often need to have repaired or replaced.
  • They come in two different types.
    • Extension
    • Torsion coils

Torsion Spring and Bar Replacement Cost

Torsion spring replacement costs anywhere from $75 to $150 per spring, including both materials and labor. The springs alone run $30 to $100 each. You'll almost always have two springs per door, and you should replace both at the same time.

They're located above the door. They have a life expectancy of anywhere from 10,000 to 20,000 cycles or about 8 to 15 years, depending on use.

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Extension Spring Replacement Cost

Extension springs cost $50 to $100 per spring to replace, including both labor and materials. The springs alone run $15 to $45. They're easier to install and cost a bit less than torsion types.

They won't last quite as long as torsion varieties either, with projected lifespans in the 8,000 to 15,000 cycle range, or 7 to 12 years. Most come with a 3 to 5 year warranty.

Cost to Replace Garage Door Spring and Cable

Replacing both the cables and the springs runs $175 to $450. A professional charges $75 to $200 for the cables alone, but usually charge less when you combine them with your springs. You might also need rollers or drums replaced, but it's not common.

Double Garage Door Spring Replacement Cost

Double door springs often cost $15 to $30 more per spring than a single, since you'll likely need a larger spring to carry the extra weight. Labor costs remain the same.

Roll Up Garage Door Spring Replacement Cost

You won't find any difference in cost between different types of doors, just the types of springs on them. However, the size, material and space in the garage might make it more difficult for your pro to access parts needed for repairs, tightening or tune ups, which may increase the bill.

Broken Garage Door Spring Repair Cost

Replacing broken garage door springs costs $100 to $300 on average. When referring to garage door spring "repairs," you're always looking at replacement. You can't repair a broken spring. You might consider a tune up where a pro winds, balances and lubricates your springs with an overall inspection which we'll discuss in more detail below.

Garage Door Spring Tune Up Cost

You'll pay anywhere from $50 to $150 for a garage door tune up. You should also have your garage door springs tuned one or two times a year, so it continues to work efficiently. A tune up usually includes:

  • Lubricating the springs.
  • Adjusting the tension on a spring when the door seems out of balance.
  • Tightening any loose screws or nuts.
  • Checking the cable feed, drums and rollers.

Garage Door Torsion Spring Conversion Cost

To switch from extension to torsion springs costs $400 to $800. A torsion conversion kit runs $250 to $500. You might get lucky with already installed compatible hardware, but in most cases, you'll have to install an entirely new system. A professional removes the old extension springs and installs an entirely new system. They install:

  • A torsion mount or anchor.
  • A center bearing plate.
  • A rod or spring tube.
  • Center bearing.
  • Cables drums.
  • An end bearing plate.
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New Garage Door Spring Prices

You'll pay anywhere from $15 to $100 for springs alone. Most extension types cost half as much as the heavier torsion springs.

TorsionExtension
$40-$100$15-$50
10,000-20,000 cycles8,000-15,000 cycles
8 to 15 years7 to 12 years

Commercial Garage Door Opener Spring Prices

Commercial grade springs cost anywhere from $100 to $500 for the springs alone. Labor adds another $150 to $300. Commercial springs typically have to lift far heavier doors and tend to get used far more often than its residential version.

DIY Repair vs. Hiring a Service Professional

Hiring a professional to handle garage door spring repair and replacement tends to be a much easier and safer option for homeowners. Removing or repairing garage springs can be a dangerous job, but professionals have the experience and equipment to do it safely and efficiently. Unless your springs only need a minor repair, such as lubrication or fixing a minor balance issue, be sure to call in a local garage door pro to do the job.

Springs are under incredibly high tension that can cause serious damage and physical harm, not to mention that the door itself is heavy. Don't attempt to do this yourself. A pro follows these steps for the job:

  • Turns off power to the garage door so it doesn't accidentally move up or down.
  • Measures your existing door springs to make sure the new springs are the exact same size.
  • Unwinds the existing setup and removes them.
  • Installs the new springs.
  • Winds them up to the proper tension.
  • Lubricates them.
  • Turns the power back on and tests the door.

FAQs

How long do springs last on a garage door?

Garage door springs usually last at least 10,000 cycles or 7 to 12 years.

Is it dangerous to replace garage door springs?

It is dangerous to replace garage door springs because of the incredible tension they're under. Always hire a professional to tighten and balance them.

Should you replace both garage door springs at the same time?

Yes, you should replace both garage doors at the same time.

Should I lubricate or oil my garage door springs?

Most professionals will tell you to lubricate or oil your garage door springs at least once a year. Since a bottle of oil only costs $5 to $10, it's a cheap way to keep them working smoothly. Consider oiling them at least twice a year.

What happens if a garage door spring breaks?

If a garage door spring breaks, the other spring then takes the entire load. This might mean:

  • The door rises slowly
  • It won't open at all.
  • It gets stuck in the tracks.
  • It's difficult to open manually.
  • In some cases, with torsion springs, you won't even notice one went out until the second one does.

If you notice any of these symptoms, contact a local garage door spring repair professional.

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