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Question DetailsAsked on 2/14/2017

How much should it cost to replace a broken garage door tension spring?

This is the tension spring that runs across the top of the garage door.

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You can find a large number of previous similar questions with answers in the Home > Garage Door link under Browse Projects, at lower left.

BTW - if this is a tight coil spring with a large metal shaft through it (actually a matched pair or two - one spring or pair on each side of center of door) this is a TORSION spring, not tension. Tension springs are the long type that are used along the side of solid tilt-up doors, not segmental roll-up doors. Just so you give the company the right type when you call so he brings right type - he will also want to know what door is made of (solid wood, wood panels (normall wood type), security steel, insulated steel skinned, fiberglass, vinyl - and the height and width of the door. Will probably also ask what color the paint on the ends of the springs is - they are color coded by their rated torsion and design life.

My recommendation - never go with the shortest life springs, use middle range only if door is not used daily (like for commuting) - if used daily for commuting and especially if maybe several times a day for commuting and mon's taxi - go with extended life springs. The extra $100 or so cost in materials will save you repair visits down the road.

BTW - they should always (unless one was very recently replaced) be replaced in pairs to maintain a balanced pull on the door, because they get weaker with age.

Garage Door is of course the Search the List category for a tech to repair this.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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