How Does a Garage Door Spring Break?

How Does a Garage Door Spring Break

Garage doors are essential components of our homes. They provide security and convenience, especially during harsh weather conditions. But like all mechanisms, garage doors have components that wear down over time. One such critical component is the garage door spring. In this blog, we’ll explore how these springs can break and the importance of prompt repair.

The Role of the Garage Door Spring

Garage door springs play a pivotal role in the lifting and lowering of the garage door. They counterbalance the weight of the door, making it easier to operate, either manually or through an automated garage door opener.

Causes of Garage Door Spring Breakage

There are several reasons why a garage door spring might break. Let’s delve into the common causes:

  1. Wear and Tear: Springs have a limited lifespan, usually measured in cycles of opening and closing. Over time, constant use leads to wear, and eventually, they give out. On average, springs last about 10,000 cycles, with daily usage translating to roughly 7 years.
  2. Lack of Maintenance: Regular maintenance, such as lubrication, can extend the lifespan of springs. Without it, springs may corrode and break prematurely. To understand the importance of regular checks and tune-ups, visit our post on annual garage door maintenance.
  3. Fluctuations in Temperature: Extreme temperature changes can affect the metal in the springs. In places like Calgary, where temperature swings are common, springs are more likely to break. For insights on how local weather impacts garage doors, check out Calgary weather impact on your garage door.
  4. Poor Quality Springs: Not all springs are created equal. Lower quality springs might not hold up as long as their higher-quality counterparts.

The Consequences of a Broken Spring

When a garage door spring breaks, the door becomes difficult, if not impossible, to lift. Additionally:

  • It poses a safety hazard, as the door can slam shut unexpectedly.
  • It can lead to other damages, including bent tracks or a burned-out garage door opener.

Why Choose Us?

At Kald Gart Doors, we prioritize your safety and convenience.

  • Expertise: Our team is well-trained to handle all garage door repairs, including complex spring replacements.
  • Prompt Service: We understand the inconvenience a broken spring can cause, and we strive for quick turnarounds.
  • Quality: We use only the best materials and tools, ensuring your repairs last.

Our Service Areas

We proudly serve the following areas:

  • Calgary
  • Okotoks
  • And surrounding regions

For a full list of our services, visit our services page.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I tell if my garage door spring is broken?

If your garage door is uneven, stops while moving, or makes loud noises, it may indicate a broken spring. Additionally, if the door feels heavier than usual, the spring might be the culprit.

Can I replace the garage door spring myself?

It’s highly advised against replacing springs yourself. The tension in them can lead to severe injuries. If you’re considering DIY repairs, take a moment to read our post on why you shouldn’t DIY garage door repair.

How often should I replace my garage door springs?

It largely depends on usage. On average, springs last about 10,000 cycles. If you use your garage door multiple times daily, consider replacing the springs every 7-9 years.

Is it necessary to replace both springs if one breaks?

It’s generally recommended. If one spring breaks, the other is likely worn and may break soon. Replacing both ensures balanced operation and prolongs the life of other garage door components.


Garage door springs are crucial for the smooth operation of your garage door. While they might appear insignificant, their role is paramount. Given the potential risks of a broken spring, prompt and professional repair is essential. If you suspect issues with your garage door spring or have any related concerns, contact us today for expert assistance.

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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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