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Old 04-04-2010, 07:50 PM
 
Location: Sinking in the Great Salt Lake
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Default How much should I pay to get a garage spring replaced?

The spring on my (2 car garage) door snapped this weekend. It's one of those large torsion springs, like this one:

Garage Door Torsion Spring Replacement

I'm usually a religius DIY devotee, but I'm not sure I want to tackle this one. How much should I expect to pay to have it done?
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Old 04-04-2010, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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You have no choice. It takes a trained pro to repair or replace those springs. They are under tremendous tension and you could injure or kill yourself trying to do it yourself. Do not try!!

A service call and replacement of both springs should cost you less then $150.00
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Old 04-04-2010, 08:54 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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I think it was a little less than $200 when we had it done, and it was one of those things that whoever you called would quote you essentially whatever the going/market rate was for the area without much variation.
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Old 04-04-2010, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Visitation between Wal-Mart & Home Depot
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The spring on my (2 car garage) door snapped this weekend. It's one of those large torsion springs, like this one:

Garage Door Torsion Spring Replacement

I'm usually a religius DIY devotee, but I'm not sure I want to tackle this one. How much should I expect to pay to have it done?
I've replaced a set before without injury or notable incident, but it was pretty flippin' stupid of me. Basically, I risked my health, good looks and (to some extent) my life to save about $100 on the service call.

If you have two torsion springs you probably want to replace them both. Depending on what kind of springs you need you are probably looking at a bill of about $185 - $300.
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Old 04-04-2010, 09:49 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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If one went, the other usually isn't far behind it for breaking as well. After all they each have made the same number of cycles up an down. call somebody in to replace them both. There is just too much tension to mess around with them if you don't have the right tools to do the job.
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Old 04-05-2010, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Sinking in the Great Salt Lake
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Thanks to all!
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Old 04-05-2010, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Alaska
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I've replaced a set before and I'll say that there was a lot of sweating going on while doing it. It's not too difficult once you understand what's the safest way to do it, but there is a lot of tension (pun intended), while you're working on it.

Oh, the reason I did it myself, is that the quote for labor was about the same price as the new garage door I put in.
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Old 04-05-2010, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Central Fl
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I had this done exactly a year ago. They came out within the hour after one of the springs broke, and replaced both of them. The cost for everything was $189.

Frank
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Old 04-07-2010, 04:28 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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We have a 3-car garage with a 2-stall door and a single-stall door. Naturally the big door breaks springs much more often than the little one because it's under so much stress. Last summer we did a full garage remodel and it was right in the midst of the painting that the spring on the big door gave up the ghost yet again. Of course it did it right at the end of the day so the door folks couldn't make it out until the next day.

You can be DIY religious all you want but all it took for me was watching them pop that tensioned spring loose and I don't even want to breathe near that thing. It is under a tremendous amount of pressure and it will rip your arm clean off if you give it the chance. I think we paid $125 parts and labor....it was worth every penny.
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Old 04-07-2010, 06:53 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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We have a 3-car garage with a 2-stall door and a single-stall door. Naturally the big door breaks springs much more often than the little one because it's under so much stress. Last summer we did a full garage remodel and it was right in the midst of the painting that the spring on the big door gave up the ghost yet again. Of course it did it right at the end of the day so the door folks couldn't make it out until the next day.

You can be DIY religious all you want but all it took for me was watching them pop that tensioned spring loose and I don't even want to breathe near that thing. It is under a tremendous amount of pressure and it will rip your arm clean off if you give it the chance. I think we paid $125 parts and labor....it was worth every penny.
Next time try a different door company, because it sounds like they are cheaping out with the replacement springs. the size of the door doesn't make a difference in the lifespan of the springs. I installed overhead doors for years and can tell you the springs on a 24' wide, 22' tall overhead door will last just as long as a pair on a 9' X 7' if they are the right springs.
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