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Question DetailsAsked on 8/4/2013

SE Mich - Avg cost to replace old broken side springs for old 1-piece swing metal 2-car garage door.

I have a steel/metal one-piece garage door and one of the side springs recently broke apart. The old spring is very large. They are at the bottom of the door. The door is too heavy to lift safely. How much does it cost to replace two side springs as I do not need a new garage door -- just updated side springs. House built in the 60's. Original springs. Newer automatic opener installation -- previous owner just didn't replace side springs. Only need side springs. Thanks.

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When you say swing I presume you mean tilt-up, with exposed springs along the side. Generally, the springs cost from $20-100 each depending on wheher they are the very stiff 2-3 foot type or the longer 5-7 foot ones, and they should be replaced in pairs - otherwise they tend to twist the door on opening and closing due to the uneven pull between a new stiff spring and a weakened old one.

With service call charge, probably $40-200 spring cost plus about $750-150 labor, depending on labor costs in your area (typically higher number in cities) and how long a drive it is to your place.

It would help when you call the serviceman, since you are talking an old door, to be able to tell him width and height of door, make if you can see that on a name plate anywhere, and the diameter and extended and unextended length of the springs - i.e.. length when closed and when open. That way he might have a good shot at being able to bring the right springs with him the first time, rather than having to make two trips.

After he does the installation, if you are there, the test should include unhooking the opener and testing the door free-hand - should start to open with only about 5-10 pounds of force, and usually you have to hold it back for the second half of the opening. Much more force than that to start opening and it makes the opener work too hard, shortening its life.

If you do not service it yourself every year or so, I would pay the probably $25-50 or so additional to have him clean and lubricate the opener gears and track/mechanism and the door hinges.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD


Hi. Thanks for responding. Are you saying that it costs less to install a new garage door than install two one-piece springs?

It is a one piece side spring that took me less than two seconds to unhook. I for the most part only need two side one-piece replacement springs. Any advice? By the way, it's the uncoiled part in the picture that broke off at the bottom. The hook at the top was hooked to a steel plate of sorts with a hole in it. Thanks in advance.

By the way, there's a new track at the top of the garage ceiling that the door is engaged with/glides on when you open it. Again, the previous owner just did not replace the side springs.

Answered 7 years ago by Joy2012


Oops - my bad on two accounts here - realize this is out of date, but my mistake - sorry.

1) I typed $750-150 labor and I did not catch it - should have read $75-150.

2) I totally spaced on your last sentences, that these were side springs on a door with an automatic opener. I should have realized you could have been talking opening assist springs - the short type you seem to have, which only provide boost at the initial lift of the door, as opposed to the long, 100-250 pound tension ones that are designed to provide the total lifting of the door's weight. And only cost $10-15 each as opposed to the more common $45-70 each for the 15-20 pound heavy-duty two-door ones.

Yes - you are right - a minute or two each to replace your type and they are not under high tension - though labor for a repairman would still be a minimum trip charge, which atleast in my area is about $100 now - up from about $60 maybe 4-5 years ago.

I commonly give DIY cost range also with my responses, but not on garage door springs any more. I have heard of too many people getting seriously hurt or having an eye put out because the spring popped off during removal/assembly or because the tool being used slipped and spun or flew out, so I now recommend professional replacement only - let people DIY if confident in their abilities. ESPECIALLY with the typical modern around-the-axle coiled springs - the first time you see a new one break during tensioning will make a believer of you - and probably explains the high labor charges by garage door companies too, as you said. I have seen one installer wearing a motorcycle-type industrial safety helmet with metal face bars and face shield while doing this, so the risk is now being taken seriously.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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