When a garage door spring snaps it happens spontaneously and usually without warning. It can happen at virtually any time of day whether it’s in the middle of the day while you are at work or middle of the night while you are sleeping. Either way it’s something that happens and usually can be repaired easily. Garage door springs are steel version of a rubber band and they can withstand a huge amount of weight, but when they got worn out they snap.
The first thing that you will need to do is to open the garage door. Obviously if the spring is broken you won’t be able to open it with the button, which is why there is an emergency cord that will open the door for you. Pull the red cord and it will release the door manually. It is important to use caution during this step because garage doors are very heavy and it is likely you will be pulling some of that weight.
The next thing you need to look in to when you are performing a garage door spring repair is to evaluate what kind of spring you have. There are two types of springs, Torsion and an Extension spring. Torsion springs are wound up under pressure which enables the door to be lifted and is run across the top of the door. Extension springs are on the sides of the door and mimic a rubber band in that they stretch and carry the weight of the door.
How Much Does It Cost to Repair or Replace a Garage-Door Spring?
Once you have identified the type of spring on your garage door, you need to buy a new one. Most local and chain hardware stores will carry them such as Home Depot, or Lowers. You can also find them online, but chances are you will want to fix it sooner than later to protect your valuable items kept in the garage, so waiting for shipping isn’t always the best option. There is a rather large gap in the cost of the spring depending on what type you have. They can range from a few bucks to possibly over 150$.
|Extension Springs||$35 and $85 (CAD 20 and CAD 60)|
$50 and $100 (CAD 65 and CAD 130)
|Torsion Springs||$30 and $100 (CAD 40 and CAD 130)|
$75 and $150 (CAD 100 and CAD 95)
|Broken Springs||Single Spring $239|
Two Springs $319
|Labor Costs||$110 and $150 (CAD 100 and CAD 95)|
Installing the new springs can be a very dangerous, long, and hard ordeal if you do not know what you are doing. Garage springs are wound under tension and if they slip, they could potentially harm you. So you will want to have the right tools when starting this process.
Most people realize that this is a hazardous fix and feel they can’t perform the fix themselves. Now is the time to call a professional for your garage door spring repair and have someone who knows what they are doing come and take a look. It will save you your time and trouble and possibly from getting injured. If you have already purchased the part, some repairmen will use what you have and charge you for their time.