How To Handle A Broken Garage Spring

Garage doors are not as simple as they may seem. Homeowners often probably don't even put much thought into it. The door opens and the door closes on command. There are plenty of other more pressing things in the day to day life of a homeowner. But garage doors have tons of moving parts and without proper care or just due to time taking its toll, these parts wear out and can break. One of the more important and common repairs needed is that of the springs. There are two kinds of springs on a garage door, but both can break and need to be repaired or replaced.


As mentioned, garage doors have two different types of springs that are employed to make them operate correctly. The Torsion springs, which are located above the door, and the extension springs which are located on either side of the door. Here is what you need to know about them.

Torsion springs – these are the springs located above the garage door and are designed to create torque and lift the garage door.

Extension springs – these are very simple looking springs that are meant to counterbalance the weight of the door and help lift it.

How to handle a broken garage door spring

My spring is broken…now what?

First off, this can be a potentially dangerous job. If you are not a confident handyman or DIY type person, there are trained professionals that can get the job done. It is not worth taking the risk if you don't think you can do the job correctly and safely.

Secondly, the replacement of a garage door spring is actually a bit of a complex process. This will be more of a simple breakdown, to give you an idea of the task at hand.

  • You must figure out which spring it is that needs attention. With the above spring descriptions, you should be capable of doing so.
  • Next you will need to get a replacement spring for the door. To do this, the spring will have to be measured to make sure that it is the correct one for your particular door. This is very important because these springs handle a lot of weight and having the wrong spring could be potentially dangers.
  • Now for the installation. This is a rather detailed process and is not a simple task. To do so, make sure that you have proper tools which will involve 10 inch vice grips, an adjustable wrench, a ladder, winding bars, rag ruler, socket wrench and safety glasses. For those that still feel the need to tackle the project, it would be best to find a detailed step by step video or guide to take you through the process.

Wrap up

To conclude, only the most proficient and motivated, safe DIYers should ever consider a garage door spring repair. These springs hold up a lot of weight and if done incorrectly, can cause serious injury. So if you are going to attempt the repair, be safe. If not, be sure to contact a professional to handle the job.