There are many reasons as to why your garage door springs break — find out how!


What’s worse than trying to leave the house for work or pull into your garage after a long day at the office only to try and open the door with no luck. This is no fun, especially when you have no idea what went wrong in the first place!


At A & H Garage Doors, we help Centerton residents with a variety of overhead garage door services, including broken torsion springs. To learn more about how they break and what to do if they do break, follow along in today’s post. 

Why do garage door torsion springs break?


When your overhead garage door breaks, one of the most common reasons is that the torsion springs break, and while some of it may be preventable, garage springs can break for a myriad of reasons. Let’s dive into it below. 


Wear And Tear


Garage springs break with the wear and tear they receive over time. It’s estimated that most garage torsion springs will last up to 10,000 cycles — one cycle happens when the garage door goes up and down once. So, if you’re coming and going from your garage twice a day, that’s only two cycles — needless to say, garage doors can take a lot of wear and tear! 


Garage springs are known to last, and on average, they’ll last up to 13 years. It all really depends on how often you’re using your garage door and how many cycles you’re going through per day. 




Poor garage door maintenance is another factor as to why torsion springs break. Yes, wear and tear will eventually catch up, but if you’re not hiring garage door professionals annually to service your overhead garage door or you fail to lubricate the torsion spring coils, this impacts how they function and can easily speed the wear and tear.  


Using The Wrong Garage Door Springs


One of the benefits of hiring an overhead garage to do your maintenance is because they’re the experts and likely won’t install the wrong kind of torsion springs. On the other hand, if you go the DIY route, there is a chance you may incorrectly install the wrong wire size or torsion spring length, which equates to additional wear and tear and your garage door springs running into issues soon rather than later. 


The standard in garage doors is that they’ll have two torsion springs, one on each side of the garage door. In some cases, garage door professionals will run one long spring across the garage door if it’s smaller and lighter than the typical garage door, but this is more of an exception than the standard. 


Two springs are ideal because they share the weight load and extend the life of the garage torsion spring rather than if there is just one. 


There are many reasons why garage door springs can break, but the most common include wear and tear, poor maintenance, and using the wrong torsion spring. 


If your Centerton garage door is in need of an annual checkup, schedule one today!