Garage Door Torsion Spring: replace or not

sue2004March 16, 2007

Husband thinks we should replace the 2 spring on our single and double garage door. Both springs are just fine. The double door might need add a couple struts as it's making squaking noises now when opening. But both work just fine. THey are about 10 years old.

When I called a few service companies to get price quote, the CSR are a little bit surprised to hear that my springs are not broken and I want to replace it. So my first question is: should I really replce them?My neighbour's garage door once droped to the ground when the spring broke so I guess my hubby got the idea from the neighbour.

As I did some research/garage door 101, I found out that it's recommended for double door to use 2 torsion springs instead of 1. So the second question here is, if we do replace the, should we have that one bigger spring replaced with 2 springs for safety considerations?

Now my 3rd question: I got price quotes of one string on single door for $150, 2 springs on double door for $200, labor and parts included. Is the around the ballpark?

Any feedback is well appreciated!

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don_1_2006

If it were me and I had concerns I would invest in a service call by a technician and follow his recommendations. No one on this forum can possibly diagnose sight unseen. Most squeaks can be cured by lubricating.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2007 at 4:16PM
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doorguy06

Those prices are dead on. My motto is if it aint broke, don't fix it. But, if you want to go ahead and do it is up to you guys.

A strut will not fix a squaking noise as you put it. If while the door is in the up position and it is sagging in the middle and as it go down you notice that section pop outward and the door jumps at the same time, then it needs a strut. Otherwise for the noise just use penetrating oil on all the rollers, hinges, bearing stands. You can use penetrating oil on the spring as well or grease. DO NOT PUT GREASE ANYWHERE ELSE BUT THE SPRING.

On the smaller door (if it has a torsion spring) one is fine. On the bigger door it is not uncommon to have one. Which is better? I personally like to have two b/c if one breaks the other one can help you lift your door to get the car out. Both systems work fine.

Usually if a spring breaks it will break in the down postition and not while the door is in motion, so I have no idea how your neighbors door could have just dropped. Especially if it is connected to on opener.

If you go with the two springs they may or may not try to charge you more for the conversion.

Hope this helps

    Bookmark   March 16, 2007 at 4:19PM
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