How to Repair a Broken Garage Door Spring

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    How to Repair a Broken Garage Door Spring

    If your garage door is not working properly, then there is a good chance that there may be something wrong with your springs.

    Garage door springs are what carry your garage door’s weight and help lift it.

    These springs are also what make it possible for you to lift your door manually.

    When garage door springs breakdown, this can mean a whole lot of trouble for you and your garage door.

    Thus, a broken spring should not be taken for granted and should be dealt with accordingly right away.

    Replacing your garage door spring can be done by yourself but if you do not have the required tools and knowledge to do so, it is much better to leave it with a trained individual.

    Replacing your garage door spring can help save you money but it takes more effort and time.

    If you plan on repairing your broken garage door spring, here are some things you can do to accomplish this task.

    What I need to know

    Before proceeding with the actual process, there are things you need to know and prepare first beforehand.

    Let us start with the required technical knowledge. So what are garage door springs and what purpose do they serve?

    Garage door springs are large springs found on your garage door that helps in the opening and closing function of your door.

    They serve as counterweights that help balance out your overhead garage doors.

    Two types of springs are being used on different garage doors – torsion springs and extension springs.

    These two are very different in functionality but serve the same purpose as each other.

    You need to know which type you are trying to repair/fix so as you can attend to it accordingly.

    The next thing that you need to know is the things you need to prepare before actually proceeding with the entire procedure.

    When working on something as big as this, it is expected that you have the necessary tools and materials needed to fix or replace your garage door springs.

    As such, make sure that you have the following prepared:

    • Wrench & Socket set
    • Adjustable Wrench
    • Locking Pliers and Clamps
    • Hammer
    • Winding Bars
    • Safety Glasses and gloves

    Make sure you have the abovementioned tools to ensure a smooth overall activity flow during your repair session.

    How to repair a broken garage door spring

    Garage door repair can be summarized into three general procedures.

    First, measure your spring’s specifications. Second, purchase a replacement.

    And lastly, the actual attempt to fix your garage doors.

    With these three easy steps, there is no way you could go wrong.

    Let us go on deeper and explain further what each step entails.

    Step 1 – Measuring your Spring’s Specifications

    To make sure that your replacement springs are a perfect fit for your garage doors, you will need to measure them.

    But how exactly do you measure your spring?

    Measuring your springs will not take time and there is no need to remove them from your overhead garage door to measure them accordingly.

    There are four things you need to measure for this activity – the spring’s wire size, your spring’s inside diameter, your spring’s length, and your spring’s winding orientation (clockwise or counter clockwise).

    Measurement does not have to be accurate up to the smallest decimal point but please do try to get as close as possible.

    Since there will be standard measurements of the springs available in the market, your initial measurements will help you decide which one is better for your door.

    To have a better understanding of how it is done, you may check this video about measuring a spring’s specification.

    Step 2 – Purchasing a Replacement

    The next step is purchasing the replacement spring.

    Based on your previous measurements, make sure to choose a replacement that has more or less the same specifications as your broken spring.

    This is to make sure that your door will function as expected without adding unnecessary load on your door’s other components.

    You can purchase replacement springs from your local hardware or online shops that provide them or you can even contact us for advice regarding this matter.

    We will be more than happy to help.

    Step 3 – Fixing your garage door

    This step can be a lot harder than you sound. If you are not confident about your technical skills then it is best not to attempt to perform this task at all.

    Garage door installation and replacement can be risky and dangerous especially to an untrained individual.

    If you belong to this category, it is recommended that you hire professional help instead of attempting to fix it on your own.

    However, if you are confident enough about your skills, then you may proceed to perform the entire procedure.

    To guide you on this task, please check this video about replacing your garage door’s spring.


    If you follow these steps on how to replace your garage door’s springs then nothing should go wrong.

    Also, do remember that if one spring has already broken down, then it’s best to replace both as the other spring might be on its way to breaking down as well.

    Garage door spring can be such a risky task most especially if you do not have the necessary tools and skills to help you complete the task.

    If you are such an individual, it is much better to leave this entire procedure to someone with more background and skills than you have when it comes to garage doors.

    If you live in Calgary and are looking for a garage door repair company near you to help you with your broken spring, you can contact Kald Gart Doors at 587-316-9739.

    We are available 24/7 to cater to all your garage door springs replacement needs. No matter the time of day, we will always be there for you.

    We are also available to advise you further on how to repair a broken garage door spring so you may do it properly.

    So whether you want to replace the spring yourself or want us to do it for you, we will never leave you hanging. Contact us now!

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    David Martin

    David Martin

    Servicing garage doors for over a decade has thought me a thing or two about garage doors. In this blog I will try to share with you all I've learned over the years. I hope you find these tips helpful for a DIY fix before paying for a technician. If you still need help, don't hesitate to give us a call.

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