March 21, 2023

Garage Door Torsion Springs

Garage Door Torsion Springs

Torsion Spring Introduction

Whether you're a DIY-er or just tired of paying a fortune to repair your garage door, replacing your own garage door torsion springs is much easier than you think. This guide will walk you through the steps to replacing your own torsion spring and provide some helpful tips for doing the job right.

What Is A Torsion Spring?

Garage Door Torsion springs are found above the garage door and run parallel to the ground. They may be one large spring in the center or two smaller ones on either side of the door, and they are mounted on a shaft that holds the cables responsible for lifting and lowering the garage door. The torsion springs wind up the cables on the spools at the end of the shaft and provide the tension needed to easily open and close the garage door. Without torsion springs, you would have to lift the heavy garage door manually, which would be a difficult task. It's important to maintain your torsion springs to ensure the smooth operation of your garage door.

Why Did My Spring Break?

All mechanical elements have a limited lifespan, and torsion springs are no exception. The lifespan of a torsion spring depends on the type you have, but they can last anywhere from seven to twenty years. To determine the expected lifespan of your torsion spring, check the purchase receipts and look for the number of cycles the spring is designed to last. Many torsion springs are rated for 10,000 cycles, which equates to about seven years based on the average of opening and closing the garage door four times per day. It's a good idea to replace your torsion spring when it's nearing the end of its lifespan to avoid unexpected breakdowns and avoid being unable to open or close your garage door for a few days while waiting for a repair.

Can I replace a garage door torsion spring myself?

You can replace a garage door torsion spring yourself, and it's not as hard as it may sound. With a little patience and perseverance, you'll be back in business in no time at all.

To start, you'll need to know the type of torsion spring that needs replacing. This can be found by looking at an old broken spring or measuring your current one before buying a replacement from a hardware store or online retailer like Once you have an idea of what size torsion springs will work for your garage door and opener mechanism, measure the length from end to end on each side of where they connect (or disconnect). From there, use these measurements to determine how many new ones are needed for each side – then do some math! If all goes well with this part of the process (and we hope it does), then mark down three numbers: one represents how much wire is in between each coil; another represents how many coils there are within each section; while yet another number represents how long those sections should be when measured together side-by-side like they should during installation so they stay aligned properly throughout their lifetime cycle even after years worth of wear-and-tear caused by opening/closing them over time – especially if there's snow buildup during winter months where yours lives outside 24/7 year round."

Steps to replacing a garage door torsion spring

  • Make sure that the garage door is secured in place and won't move.
  • Remove the broken spring from its brackets. You can do this by hand.
  • Remove the cable from its bracket. If there are still parts of your old spring attached to it, make sure to remove them fully.
  • Install your new torsion springs in their brackets according to manufacturer instructions—usually by sliding them into place until they sit snugly against the bracket's bottom edge without any play of movement left over at all (this is where having some extra hands would come in handy). You'll want one end firmly planted against each edge of its bracket—you'll know it's secure when there's no wiggle room between either side and both ends look flush against each other across their full length; if not, remove and reinstall again until they do sit flush against each other across their entire lengths!

True or False - Should I replace both springs on my garage door at the same time?

Yes, you should replace both springs at the same time.

If you have a torsion spring break, it is likely that the other spring will soon break as well. Replacing both at once ensures that the door will be safe and secure for many years to come!

You can replace one spring at a time if you'd like, but it may cost more than replacing both at once because of labor costs involved in removing and installing each individual torsion spring or increased shipping costs if you do it yourself.

Buy garage door torsion springs online

You can order your garage door torsion springs online. You'll need to know details about your existing torsion springs - We have any easy guide to help you find the correct springs  - Garage Door Torsion Spring Replacement Guide. If you're ordering a replacement garage door springs, it's important to compare measurements so that you get one that fits perfectly.

    Are you sure I can replace my own garage door torsion springs?

    You can replace your own garage door torsion springs if you have the right tools and knowledge. If you are not comfortable doing this, or do not have the right tools, it's best to hire a professional.

    You can replace your own garage door torsion springs, we make it easy. Here's what you need to know.

    You can replace your own garage door torsion springs, we make it easy. Here's what you need to know:

    • You need the right tools and equipment. We recommend winding bars and a ratchet set. We include easy to understand instructions with every spring.
    • You need to know the right steps to follow. Once you’ve removed the old springs, if they are broken or cracked in any way, they cannot be reused and will have to be replaced by new ones (which we also sell).
    • It's important for people who opt for DIY installations understand how adjusting these particular components works because otherwise there could potentially be serious consequences such as having too much tension on one end vs another which may result in damage due too much stress being placed upon certain areas within these systems over time resulting from improper installation procedures taken into account before starting any work like this project yourself.


    We hope that this article has helped you understand the importance of garage door torsion springs, how they work and how to replace them. If you have any questions, or would like more information on our products and please contact us today!