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How do I know if my Torsion Spring is Broken

This is a very common question asked of garage door repair technicians. Many home owners don’t know what exactly a torsion spring is, what it does and how long it lasts.


The answer is actually quite basic!


Most garage doors weigh between 70kg to 115kg, and a torsion spring does all the heavy lifting of your garage door. Torsion springs do not last forever. Most torsion springs are rated for about 10,000 cycles – 1 cycle is the garage door going up and coming back down to close. This means the average homeowner could get 3-5 years of life.


If your garage door’s torsion spring is broken you will likely notice the following:

  • Usually the automatic garage door opener will not open the door

  • When you disconnect the opener and raise the door manually, the door won’t stay in the up position.

  • You will see the split in the spring when viewing it


Garage door springs are under a lot of tension, which means repairing or replacing them puts you and your fingers in danger. You should leave most of these repairs to a professional, but if you’re comfortable in your abilities, you can take on some minor repairs as a DIY project.

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