One of the essential parts of the garage door system is the garage door springs. The garage door springs are the springs that keep the door held up when you want to raise the garage door. At some point though, just like anything else mechanical, the garage door springs eventually will break and need to be replaced. So how much does a typical garage door spring replacement cost? And what are the factors that go into that cost? We will give you the breakdown so you have some idea of the costs involved when you call a garage door company for garage door spring repair and replacement.
First, let’s give a quick disclaimer. Though the factors that go into the cost of replacing your garage door spring probably will not change over the years, the numbers will. So when reading this, prices may have changed since the time of writing this.
Typical Lifespan of a Garage Door Spring
The lifespan of a garage door spring is measured in garage door cycles, with the garage door going up and down one time considered a cycle. Most garage door springs are rated for about 10,000 cycles.
The life expectancy of a 10,000-cycle spring translates these estimates based on daily usage.
- Two times daily should last about 13-14 years
- Four times daily should last about 6-7 years
- Six times daily should last about 4-5 years
- Eight times daily should last about 3 years
Typical Cost of a Garage Door Spring Replacement
If you are looking to replace springs on a single-car garage door, the typical cost is $250-$300. If you are looking to replace springs on a two-car garage door, the typical cost is $350-$550
Factors that Go Into The Cost of a Garage Door Spring Replacement
There are several factors that go into how much your garage door spring replacement will cost. First, as noted above, is the size of the garage door, whether it’s a single or double garage door. Next is whether it’s a standard garage door spring or what is known as a high-cycle garage door spring. High-cycles can last about twice to 3 times as much usage over a standard garage door spring.
The next factor is the weight of the garage door. Thicker steel garage doors and wooden garage doors weigh more than aluminum garage doors. Because of this, you may need a thicker, heavier garage door spring that can withstand the weight of your garage door and the force of gravity.
The last factor we want to talk about is the type of garage door spring. There are garage door springs that are made by a company called Wayne Dalton that are dramatically different from your normal garage door spring. In most cases, we recommend converting over to a standard garage door spring. With a torsion spring system, you can visually inspect your garage door spring and see if it’s rusting about to break, or has broken. With a Wayne Dalton Torquemaster system, the spring is hidden, so you don’t know what’s going on up there until your garage door stops working properly. This means you have to wait until something goes wrong and have it taken apart to see if the spring is broken. For more differences, read Differences Between Torsion Springs and Wayne Dalton Springs.
If you have a garage door company replace your springs, you will typically get a one or two-year labor warranty.
We hope this helps in understanding how much a typical garage door spring job is and the factors that go into that cost. If you are in the Houston area and your garage door spring has broken, contact Spectrum Overhead Door. We offer fast friendly garage door services that won’t break the bank, and will be done right the first time!