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Can I open my garage door if the spring is broken?

By: Ralph Noel MartinUpdated: November 23, 2020


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As professionals in the industry, we advise you do not attempt to open your garage door if the spring is broken. Extension springs on either side of the door, along the rails, help counterbalance the weight of the door as it is raised or lowered. Torsion springs across the top of the door help do the heavy lifting.

Considering this, how much does it cost to fix a broken spring on a garage door?

Replacing garage door springs costs between $200 and $300 for a professional to complete the job. This includes the cost of the spring, which ranges from $40 to $100 for a torsion spring and $5 to $30 for an extension spring.

What causes spring to break on garage door?

When rust forms on the garage door springs it can cause the springs to easily break and the life cycle of them to be shortened. Rust causes friction on the coil and weakens it as well.

Is it dangerous to replace garage door spring?

Dangers and Risks
A garage door with a broken torsion spring can fall rapidly and cause injury or death. However, the most common danger comes when your torsion springs break and you decide to undertake the repair/replace them yourself. Failure to do so may leave you with injuries and/or damage to your property.

Can you repair a broken garage door spring?

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.


Can you force a garage door open?

If your garage door doesn't work after a power outage, stay calm. Every modern garage should come with an emergency release kit, a system installed into your garage that allows you to manually open the door from the inside or outside.

How do I know if my garage door spring is broken?

If your garage door's torsion spring is broken you will likely notice the following:
  1. Usually the automatic garage door opener will not open the door.
  2. When you disconnect the opener and raise the door manually, the door won't stay in the up position.
  3. You will see the split in the spring when viewing it.

What do the colors mean on torsion springs?

About The Spring Color Coding System: Extension Springs
The color/lifting power correlations are as follows: Tan = 100 pounds. Green = 120 pounds. Yellow = 130 pounds. Blue = 140 pounds.

How do you fix a broken garage door?

Step 1: Check the metal tracks inside the garage. Look at the mounting brackets that hold the tracks to the walls. If they're loose, tighten the bolts or screws at the brackets. Working inside the garage with the garage door closed, examine the tracks for dents, crimps, or flat spots.

Which is better torsion or extension springs?

Torsion springs are sturdier and last longer.
Torsion springs do cost more, but generally last between 15,000 and 20,000 cycles, whereas extension springs last up to 10,000 cycles. For example, if you open your garage door 4 times a day, extension springs will last about 7 years.

Can I replace garage door spring myself?

So faced with a broken garage door spring, the question is, can you fix it yourself? You absolutely can replace a garage door spring, but the type of springs you have may influence your decision. If you're uncomfortable with any part of the process, simply leave the job to a garage door professional.

Does homeowners insurance cover garage door?

In most home insurance policies, garage doors are part and parcel of the coverage. In cases of theft and damage, fire or vandalism, your homeowner insurance should be able to cover it. Note however that intentional damage to your garage door is oftentimes not covered, including certain natural disasters.

How Much Should garage door repair cost?

Most garage door repairs cost between $125 and $290 on average which includes materials and labor. Garage door spring repair costs $95 to $290 depending if you have torsion or extension springs. To fix a garage door opener or garage cables, expect to spend from $100 to $190 plus parts.

Why would a garage door not open?

Sometimes when a garage door won't open or close, it does not actually mean there is anything wrong with the door, your remote or even one of the opener-assembly parts. The issue could all boil down to the simple goof of a disconnected motor.

What happens if garage door torsion spring breaks?

Broken Torsion Spring. Most doors weigh between 150 to 250 pounds and without working springs, the garage door opener cannot lift the door. Attempting to use a garage door opener to lift a garage door with a broken spring can cause numerous parts on the opener to break. Whenever a spring breaks, the door will not go up

Do garage door springs get weak?

The springs are getting weak: Garage door springs get stretched and re-stretched thousands of times during their life. Like rubber bands they eventually lose the ability to hold a “charge” effectively.