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Question DetailsAsked on 10/22/2016

how much should a garage door spring replacment cost

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Depends of course on type of door and size of door - but you can find a lot of previous very similar questions involving both roll-up and tilt-up doors in the Home > Garage Door link in browse Projects, with typical costs listed in many of the responses.

Major factors - if as two-spring door, especially with roll-ups, unless the other spring is quite new they should be replaced as a set, because the relaxation with age results in unbalanced lifting and more strain on the opener and door parts and even derailments (which can be hard on the car and fatal for many doors) if you have a weak and a strong spring. Ditto with tilt-up doors with openers - unbalanced springs on manually opened tilt-ups may require a sideways push to get it to open right but usually not so serious.

Probably the biggest cost factor is racks or cabinets or such that have been installed in line with the axle on roll-up doors - meaning in many cases the axle cannot be extracted from inside the springs and the whole axle assembly has to be removed - or a hole drilled in the offending blockage or it has to be moved. This can extend working time by 100% or more in some cases - though there was one supposedly true image on a trade website of one installer who avoided that problem by drilling a hole clear through both sides of a hanging canoe to pull out the shaft to change out the springs.

If a door that is used daily (car usually lives in garage) I recommend long-life springs for the extra 10-20% total job cost increase - "standard" number of operating cycle rated springs are usually fine for garages that are used more as storage and workshop so are not opened daily.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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