When a garage door spring is loose,worn out or broken, the door won’t open or close properly.
This can be dangerous if the door falls on someone, and it might damage your vehicle.
Plus, having to manually open and close the garage door without the aid of the spring is an inconvenience! and depending on the size of the can take considerable effort to lift
There are two types of garage door springs. Tensioner springs are an older style. They are installed directly above the garage door on a rod running parallel to the opening.
Torsion springs are wound extremely tight.
Releasing a torsion spring without taking proper precaution has led to many serious injuries and some deaths!
This is a job that even many experienced DIY homeowners won’t try themselves.
They call a pro, and we must recommend you do the same!
Extension springs are the second type of garage door spring. They run perpendicularly to the garage door opening.
Extension springs are safer to replace and can be considered a DIY project, though wearing safety glasses and gloves and doing the job with at least one assistant is recommended.
Our purpose this home guide is to help you understand the scope of the job and decide whether to call a garage door contractor or attempt the repair yourself.
If you do choose professional garage door repair, the information will allow you discuss the project with the contractor in an informed way.
We also discuss garage door spring repair costs, so you’ll know what to expect. Finally, we include links below that are very helpful.
These points address repairing an extension spring. They aren’t without danger, though the risk isn’t what it is trying to repair a tensioner spring.
Here’s an overview of the project – replacing a garage door extension spring.
Garage door springs typically cost $30 to $55 each including the necessary cables. Installation by a garage door contractor will cost an additional $75 or more, in most cases. The time frame for a professional will be one to three hours with most jobs taking less than two hours.
There aren’t any specialty tools needed for replacing extension springs. Basic hand tools should be sufficient.
Saving Money on Garage Door Spring Repair
Borrowing any tools you need such as a driver and ladders will lower your costs, if you do it yourself. If you’re hiring a professional, the best way to keep your costs down is to get several estimates from qualified contractors. Make sure that the garage door contractors know that they are competing for the job, and they’ll give you their lowest prices.
Facts Facts – Here’s a good overview of what’s involved in replacing a garage door extension spring.
True Tex – This website is about replacing a garage door tensioner spring. We DO NOT recommend making this repair yourself, and this site shows you the complexity of the job.
Pretty Handy Girl – This site has a number of helpful pictures showing step-by-step replacement of a garage door extension spring.