Should I replace both of my garage door springs if one of them breaks?

Posted Friday, December 15th, 2023

A Balanced Decision: Should You Replace Both Garage Door Springs If One Breaks?

As a homeowner, encountering a broken garage door spring can be more than just an inconvenience; it’s a call to make a smart, informed decision. At Cressy Door, we understand the intricacies of garage door maintenance. Today, we’re addressing a common dilemma: should you replace both garage door springs if just one breaks?

Understanding the Role of Garage Door Springs:
Before diving into the decision-making process, let’s understand what garage door springs do. These springs play a pivotal role in balancing and supporting the weight of the door, making it easier to open and close. Typically, there are two types of springs used in garage doors: torsion springs and extension springs. Both types work in tandem, ensuring a smooth operation.

The Case for Replacing Both Springs:
* Uniform Wear and Tear: Springs in your garage door system wear out uniformly. If one spring breaks, it’s likely that the other is not far behind due to similar wear and tear. Replacing both ensures you won’t be dealing with another replacement shortly.
* Balanced Tension: New and old springs have different tensions. Installing a new spring alongside an old one can result in imbalance, causing the door to operate unevenly and potentially leading to further damage.
* Cost-Effective in the Long Run: While replacing one spring might seem cost-effective in the short term, the second spring’s likely imminent failure could mean another repair cost and additional service fees.
* Safety Considerations: A broken spring can compromise the safety of your garage door system. Ensuring both springs are in optimal condition helps in maintaining the safety and integrity of the door mechanism.


Situations Where Single Replacement Might Suffice:
In certain scenarios, replacing just the broken spring might be acceptable:
* If the springs are relatively new and the other spring shows no signs of wear.
* When budget constraints are a significant factor, and the existing spring is still in excellent condition.

Cressy Door’s Recommendation:
At Cressy Door, our experience has taught us that replacing both springs is usually the wisest choice. Not only does it ensure the longevity and safety of your garage door, but it also provides peace of mind knowing that your garage door operates smoothly and reliably.
Your garage door’s health is crucial for your daily convenience and safety. While it might be tempting to replace only the broken spring, considering the long-term benefits and safety, replacing both is often the smarter choice. Need more guidance or looking to get your garage door springs replaced? Contact the experts at Cressy Door today – we’re here to help ensure your garage door system is functioning at its best!



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