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

Posted Saturday, May 28th, 2022

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

Yes. You may be tempted to save money on parts and labor by replacing just one spring, but you’ll likely need to replace both when one spring breaks.

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Garage doors have two springs, one on either side of the door. The springs exert the force that makes the door light enough to be lifted. When one garage door spring breaks, many homeowners wonder if they need to replace both springs or if they can replace only the one that malfunctioned. Read below to learn why you should always replace both garage door springs when one breaks.


Garage door springs are a crucial part of your garage door’s opening mechanism. The springs allow the opener to push the door open and pull it shut. Without them, it’s difficult for the opener to work properly. In fact, a broken garage door spring is one of the most common reasons for the opener to stop working altogether.

One of our most important and fundamental services includes providing comprehensive garage door spring installation and repairs. We can address a number of common issues that emerge with garage door springs.


What Happens When the Springs Break?

Your garage door is made up of a number of small parts that all work together in unison. If one of the parts is broken, it seriously impacts the functioning of the other parts. A broken torsion spring or broken extension spring can be dangerous for this reason. It can stop the opener from working altogether. If the opener doesn’t work properly, the garage door can open and close erratically.

Garage doors are heavy and bulky. If they behave unpredictably, this can make them very dangerous for anybody nearby. This is why you must ensure you contact a repair service if you notice any problems with your opener. If you’re concerned about your springs, you can check them yourself. They should be in a single piece.

Other signs that your springs are broken or functioning improperly are that the door is opening partially or making a lot of noise when it opens and closes. Also, the door might not open at all. If you notice any of these signs, you should get in touch with us immediately so we can fix the problem.


What Not to Do After the Springs Break

A broken spring can render your heavy garage door almost useless. However, don’t try to lift the door manually. It may crash down or close unexpectedly, and this can be dangerous. 

Garage doors can be dangerous if not handled by a professional. We know how to work on springs safely, and our work can save you money in the long run. If you try to replace the springs yourself, they may break down much faster.


Our Garage Door Spring Best Practices

Cressy Door is trained to engage in a number of best practice principles during repairs. This ensures consistency in our services, as well as keeping everybody safe and happy on the job.

Replacing Both Springs

Garage door springs can be dangerous if not handled properly. Our technicians work to ensure their own safety at all times. By doing so, they keep you and your property safe, too. One of the most important things that our team does is check both springs and repair them if necessary.

If you have two springs and only one of them is causing problems, we replace both regardless. This is because garage door springs work together. If one of the springs is stronger or newer than the other, it can cause further issues down the line. As a result, we always replace both springs as a course of best practice.

Mismatched springs can cause a complete breakdown of the opener, or the stronger spring might force the weaker one off its track. By replacing both springs, we can help you to prevent issues like these in the long run.


Safety Inspection

When we come to your property, we always begin our work with a safety inspection before we start any repairs or maintenance. This is crucial for us to ensure that our team is safe while they work. Also, it helps us protect your property from preventable damage.

Part of this includes checking the hardware and other parts of your garage door. In addition to looking for breaks and damage, we also keep an eye out for potential maintenance work needed to be carried out. This is a great way for us to carry out small repairs if necessary, preventing you from needing major repairs on your garage door in the long run.


Using the Right Springs

We work exclusively with the highest-performance springs on the market. Every spring we install has been tested and is guaranteed to last for at least 10,000 opening cycles. If maintained properly and regularly, the springs we install for you should last for years without any issues.

Types of Garage Door Springs

Extension Springs

Extension springs are one of the most common kinds of springs to use with your garage door opener. They work by extending to push the door open and contract to close it.

Customers often find that extension springs are quieter than torsion springs. Also, they tend to last longer and are easier to maintain. In contrast, extension springs may not be quite as durable as torsion springs. As a result, they can be more prone to breakage, depending on how often and well they are maintained. 


Torsion Springs

Torsion springs are the most common garage door spring because they last longer and are at lower risk of snapping. With torsion springs, your opener works to open and close the door through torsion and tension. 

One advantage of torsion springs is that they are made from very durable materials. This can help them to last longer, provided that they are maintained regularly. Their durability makes them more expensive than extension springs.


The Team at Cressy Door and Fireplace has the knowledge and expertise to assist you with most any questions in regards to the purchase and installation of Cressy commercial doors, residential garage doors, fireplaces, or pedestrian doors for sale in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. We have established great relationships with the highest quality manufacturers. These relationships give us access to some of the best pricing available. We pass these cost savings along to our customers when they buy one of the doors or fireplaces for sale from Cressy of Seattle.

If you have questions or are ready to schedule fireplace or door installation services in the Seattle area, please give us a call or fill out the form to the right. One of our team members will respond promptly.

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