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  May 18 2022

A Guide to Broken Garage Door Springs

It's the morning you've always dreaded. Getting up to a broken garage door spring that had taken most of your strength to shut last night. A broken spring also means that it didn't close properly, and if someone was inside when that happened, a terrible accident could have occurred. It's an emergency, and you need to find a solution fast or risk injury from people being trapped inside the garage. You don't know where to start. You need help. You need guidance. You need answers. It's time to call Bob's Advance Garage Doors.

This guide will take you through all the possible types of springs on garage doors, how to tell if a door has broken a spring, why springs break, and it will also provide tips on how to open a garage door with a broken spring safely and how to DIY replace them so you can get your life back alongside any family members that were trapped in the garage while the spring was broken.

Types of Garage Door Springs

Garage door springs come in a variety of types. The most common is the extension spring, which is found on most residential garage doors. There are also double-looped and clipped-end springs, as well as torsion springs. Steel rolling doors use torque master springs.

Extension Spring

The most common type of garage door spring is an extension spring. These are made up of steel wire coiled tightly around a metal rod called an eye bolt or drum. Extension springs are attached to the header brackets supporting the header and the bottom bracket on the door's track.

When you pull on the section of cable that runs along either side of your garage door, it causes this tension to become loosened or let go, which allows for movement or "extension" of both ends at once. However, as soon as you let go of these cables, they begin to retract back into their original positions. They're under constant tension from one end being pulled while the other remains stationary.

Double Looped

This type of spring is found on most residential garage doors and consists of two loops that attach to each side of the garage door. The loops are connected by a center rod that runs through both loops.

Clipped Ends

These springs have clips at each end instead of loops; they're typically used on commercial doors because they're easy to adjust by hand.

Torsion Spring

Torsion springs are commonly used in residential garages to lift a heavy metal panel gate up and down. These springs are mounted vertically at the top center of the garage door and attached to the header with clips or brackets. Torsion springs have a limited lifetime because they stretch out over time, leading to premature failure. They should be replaced every ten years or sooner if you notice that your garage doors are challenging to open or close.

Steel Rolling Door

Steel rolling door springs are used for commercial applications such as warehouses, manufacturing plants, and retail stores, where large doors must be opened frequently without fail. The steel rolling door spring is made from high carbon steel wire, making it strong enough to withstand constant use without breaking down like traditional torsion springs do over time. This spring type is also ideal for use with insulated panels in cold climates where extreme temperature swings could cause traditional torsion.

How To Know If A Garage Door Broke A Spring

If you hear a loud noise coming from the garage and see that the door is no longer closing properly, one of the springs has likely broken. There are several other signs that your springs have gone bad as well:

  • The door will not open or close properly. If there is too much slack in the spring, it will not be able to open or close properly.
  • The door will not stay level while opening or closing. If there is too much slack in the spring, it will not be able to stay level while opening or closing.

Why Do Garage Door Springs Break

The most common reason for spring breaking is rusting. As with any metal part in your home, if left outside for long periods, it will eventually begin to rust from exposure to moisture and other elements in the air. This causes corrosion on the metal surface, weakening it and making it more susceptible to breaking down. If you notice that one or more of your springs has begun to rust, you should have them replaced immediately before they break entirely.


Rust forms when moisture gets into the garage door tracks and begins corroding the metal parts inside of them. This can happen if rainwater collects on top of the tracks or if the snow melts on top of them during the winter months. It creates corrosion inside the track, which weakens it over time until it eventually breaks.

Improper Maintenance

Another common cause of broken garage door springs is improper maintenance on your part. This means not maintaining proper lubrication levels on all parts of your garage door system, including springs. You should inspect them regularly (once every six months) and ensure they're properly lubricated, so they don't break down prematurely due to lack of care.

How To Repair A Broken Door Spring

If your garage door spring breaks, it can be a significant problem. The spring is responsible for lifting the door up and down, so you'll need to repair or replace it as soon as possible if it breaks.

Luckily, repairing a broken garage door spring is fairly simple. Here are some tips for fixing a broken garage door spring:

Step 1: Check The Safety Release

Before working on your garage door ensure that the safety release is engaged. If you have an automatic opener, check that the motor is turned on. If you have a manual opener, ensure that there is no obstruction preventing you from opening the door manually.

Step 2: Remove The Screws From The End Caps

The end caps are usually held in place by screws. Take them out and set them aside, so they don't get lost while you work on the springs themselves. This will also allow you to understand better what needs to be done next.

Step 3: Remove The Old Springs And Replace Them With New One

When replacing broken springs, always make sure that you replace them with new ones of equal size and strength as the original ones were when they were installed in your garage.

Is It Safe To Open The Door With A Broken Spring

If you have ever experienced a broken spring or know someone who has, you know how frustrating it can be when your garage door won't open. Luckily, there are ways to open a garage door with a broken spring. Opening a garage door with a broken spring is generally safe, and each garage door usually has a safety feature for precisely this purpose.

Bob's Advance Garage Doors Can Help

The extension spring of a garage door could break at any time. Don't get caught on the other side! Call us at Bob's Advance Garage Doors, and we'll have your door fixed faster than you can imagine. If you are looking for a garage door company, we are your answer. We also specialize in garage door replacement. There are many times when the springs need replacing or even repairing.

Don't let your garage door be just a piece of machinery. Call us to make your life easier.

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