Do I Need To Replace One Garage Door Spring or Both?

There comes a time when you will find yourself standing in the garage with a service repairman looking up at the broken spring above your garage door, you will most likely be asked, “Do you want to me to replace one spring or two?”.

In the event that your door has both springs, the easy answer is “yes, change both springs”. The reason is that you will save money in the long run but also prevent a near future inconvenience from another broken spring.

When you think about it, both of the springs hae the same amount of wear and tear. Here’s some additional information and answers to common questions about garage door spring repair.

What is the reason garage door springs break in the first place?

Your garage door spring life is based on cycles with the bottom range of 10,000 cycles. This means that your garage door will open and close 10,000 times before the spring breaks. So doors that are opened and closed often will wear the springs sooner thant doors that are used less.

Should my garage door have two springs if I only have one? 

No, If your garage door was installed with just one spring, then there is no need for a second spring to be installedon your door. But if you have two springs it is wise to replace both springs because it is only a matter of time before the next spring fails.

When my torsion spring breaks do I need to change the cables too?

No. The only reason to have the cable replaced would be if it is frayed. You will be able to see physical signs of wear on the cable and your garage door repair technician should be able to show this to you. If your cable is frayed, we recommend that you replace it.

Should the rollers be replaced whent the springs fail?

No. But garage door rollers have a similar life span to your springs. Your garage door technician can inspect them and advise on the best solution for your situation.

Your garage door rollers are important to the overall function of your door. When the garage door rollers are operating smoothly the door system will have less stress on the atomatic garage door opener and the overal system.

So, if you have two springs and one breaks it is a wise investment to have both springs replaced at the same time. It is also a good idea to have the technician inspect the cables and rollers to minimize future problems and keep your garage door system functioning smoothly.