How To Repair A Broken Garage Door Torsion Spring

Repairing a broken garage door torsion spring is not a project for the inexperienced. It’s a dangerous task that requires precision, knowledge, and the right tools. This guide will walk you through the steps, but remember, when in doubt, always call a professional.

Safety First

Before you start, make sure to take all necessary safety precautions. Wear safety glasses, use proper tools, and never attempt to handle the torsion spring without the right winding bars. If you are not confident at any point, contact a professional.

Tools and Materials Needed

  • Winding bars
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Socket set
  • C-clamps
  • Replacement torsion spring
  • Ladder

Detailed Steps for Repair

Step 1: Secure the Garage Door

Secure the garage door in place using C-clamps on the track, preventing the door from moving while you work.

Step 2: Unwind the Unbroken Spring (If applicable)

If there is an unbroken spring, carefully unwind it using winding bars. Insert a winding bar into the winding cone and slowly loosen the set screws while holding the bar in place.

Step 3: Detach the Springs

Disconnect the springs from the center bracket.

Step 4: Remove the Broken Spring

Loosen the set screws on the broken spring’s winding cone and carefully remove the spring.

Step 5: Install the New Torsion Spring

Slide the new spring onto the torsion tube, reattach the cable drum, and replace the bearing if necessary.

Step 6: Wind the New Spring

Tightly wind the new spring the recommended number of turns.

Step 7: Stretch and Lubricate the Spring

After winding, stretch the spring slightly and lubricate it with a garage door lubricant.

Step 8: Test the Door Balance

Carefully test the garage door balance and adjust the spring tension as necessary.

Detailed Table of Steps

Step Action Details Safety Note
1 Secure Door Place C-clamps on track Prevents door from moving
2 Unwind Other Spring Use winding bars Keep face away from bars
3 Detach Springs From center bracket Keep hands clear
4 Remove Broken Spring Loosen set screws Use proper tools
5 Install New Spring Slide onto torsion tube Ensure correct size
6 Wind New Spring Recommended number of turns Use steady pressure
7 Stretch & Lubricate Apply garage door lubricant Avoid overstretching
8 Test Door Balance Adjust tension as needed Ensure even movement

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How do I know if my garage door spring is broken?

You may hear a loud snap from your garage, or your door might fail to open, even with the opener’s help. You can visually inspect the spring, which is located above the garage door. If there’s a visible gap, the spring is broken.

Can I replace my garage door torsion spring myself?

While it is possible for those with the right tools and knowledge to replace a torsion spring, it’s generally not recommended. It’s a risky task that can lead to injury or further damage to your door if not done correctly.

How long does a garage door torsion spring last?

A garage door torsion spring typically lasts between 10,000 to 15,000 cycles, with a cycle being one opening and closing of the door. In years, that’s about 7-12 years, depending on usage.

How much does it cost to replace a garage door torsion spring?

The cost can vary depending on the spring’s size and type and whether you do it yourself or hire a professional. Professional replacement can range from $200 to $400.


Dealing with a broken garage door torsion spring can be daunting, but with the right approach and caution, it’s manageable. If you’re not fully comfortable tackling this repair, let our experts take care of it. We have the experience, tools, and safety protocols in place to handle it efficiently. Don’t let a broken spring disrupt your routine. Contact us today for a quick, safe, and reliable garage door torsion spring repair.

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