I spend a lot of time repairing garage doors in Oro Valley and all around the Tucson area, and much of that involves replacing broken torsion springs. It’s a common problem with garage doors and totally normal since they will eventually wear out from all that opening and closing that they do, so don’t feel bad. They’ll all break eventually.
As many spring replacements as I do, it doesn’t compare to the number of questions I get about them from people all over the Tucson area. So I thought I would start putting some of the more frequently asked questions together here as a reference. If you can’t find the answer here, always feel free to give me a call at (520) 989-0381, or use the form on this page to send me an email. I’ll do my best to get back to you as quickly as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions About Garage Door Springs
Q: Where can I buy a garage door spring replacement for my home?
A: Garage door springs are not the kind of spring that you find at a local hardware store. They are uniquely built for the heavy use of opening and closing a door that can sometimes weigh upwards of 400 pounds, and needs to do so many times a day, nearly every day. Not only that, but different doors are different sizes and weights, so this is definitely a case of “one size does NOT fit all.”
Use the correct sized, well built garage door spring
Making sure you are not only using the correct sized spring, but also a well made spring is crucial to the longevity of a properly working automatic garage door. And even more importantly, it’s critical to the safety of anyone who is around your home.
The garage door springs that I provide for all my customers are not only made right here in the United States, but they’re made right here in Arizona. You can’t get any better than that! Plus, my prices are very reasonable. I can honestly say that if you get a better price than what I offer, you might not be getting the best quality, safest spring you could. I aim to deliver top quality at an unbeatable price for my customers. And since it’s just me, John, my costs are low and those savings get passed right along to you, my customers and neighbors in Oro Valley and all around Tucson.
Q: How Should I Know What Replacement Spring To Use?
A: OK, so you really want to do this yourself? At the very least here’s what I would share with you as far as finding the right spring. If you feel mightily capable (and confident) that you can do the job on your own, here are some of the important things that you should check before buying a garage door spring replacement:
Simple measurements for your garage door spring replacement
- Length of the broken garage door spring (measure both sides)
- Inside diameter of your garage door springs (the hollow space inside the garage door springs)
- Thickness gauge of your garage door spring wire
A simple ruler, pen and paper can get this job done. However, the actual replacement WILL definitely need more than that. And again, for your own safety and those around you, I sincerely think you should have a professional take care of this for you (even if it’s not me!) Hope that helps!
Q: Garage Door Opener Will Close But Not Open?
I’m having some issues with my garage door. The opener will close the door as it’s supposed to, but it will no longer open it. The motor seems to be working fine and the chain is in place and not broken. However when it tries to re-open the door, it just clicks and clicks as it tries (unsuccessfully) to open the door again. Maybe there’s a part that needs to be replaced in the motor? Or do you think I need to replace the entire opener?
Proper Springs and Correct Balancing of your Garage Door
A: Most likely you are looking at two different problems. First, the clicking you’re hearing is coming from the teeth in the carriage that are stripped (or nearly stripped). So that part will need to be replaced.
Secondly, it definitely sounds like the springs need to be adjusted. If you were to try to open the garage door manually, you would probably find that it takes more effort than it should (if it were well balanced). That means that the springs aren’t doing what they’re supposed to do and the garage door opener is working much harder than it needs to or should be. Without addressing the issue with the springs, you’ll probably have the same problem again sooner than you would like. On the other hand, getting things fixed and set up right means you should have many years of hassle free use from your garage door. Call me and I’ll be happy to come have a look and get things right for you.