Leading Causes and Solutions for Broken Garage Door Springs

Garage door springs, or torsion springs, are essential to the proper functioning of your garage door. The torsion springs play a role in raising and lowering the door. When the springs malfunction, the door may struggle to open or close, it may become unbalanced, or it may fail to move at all. Problems with the springs also lead to the risk of the door simply falling down, which risks seriously injuring you or your family or damaging property.

Torsion springs can fail for a number of reasons. It’s important that you know what can cause problems so you can be proactive in preventing issues before any damage is caused. Here’s a look at some of the leading causes of broken garage door springs, as well as some information about solutions to those problems:

A Man Fixing A Door Spring

Rust and Corrosion

Garage door springs are made of metal, and like anything made of metal, they are vulnerable to rust and corrosion. Exposure to water, certain minerals, and even the air itself can make the metal rust or break down slightly. Even a little bit of rust can make the metal vulnerable and increase the risk that it will break.

To prevent rust, you should spray your garage door springs with some WD-40 at least every three months. The oil will coat and protect the metal, as well as help it glide in the tracks more smoothly. You can also minimize the risk of rust by ensuring that the garage remains waterproof, as well as the garage door itself.
Regular exposure to water will increase the risk of rust.

Poor Installation

You should hire a professional for your new garage door installation. By hiring a professional, you should be able to ensure that you get the proper installation for the optimal functioning and prolonged life span of the door. Getting a professional to install the door should also ensure that it operates safely.

Even when you hire someone who claims to be a professional, you may not get what you pay for. If the contractor cut any corners, such as using only one torsion spring instead of two, or if the person doesn’t tighten something properly or makes some other mistake, that can put undue pressure on the springs and cause them to fail. You may be able to correct the problem by getting an experienced contractor with a reputation for quality results to rehang or tighten the springs. However, if damage has occurred, you may need to make repairs or even replace your garage door.


Just like everything else, aging can negatively impact the torsion springs on a garage door. Everything breaks down with time, even if it might take longer for some things. The normal usage of the door can also contribute to wear and tear on the springs and other garage door parts.

You can’t do anything about your garage door springs wearing down with use or with age. But you can prolong the process by keeping up with routine maintenance of your garage door. You can also prevent disaster by regularly inspecting the springs on your garage door and replacing them as soon as necessary. Putting off maintenance or repairs can result in a failure of the door, which can lead to injury or damage to your property.

Torsion springs play an important role in the function of your garage door, so it’s important that you pay close attention to them and maintain them well for optimal functioning and a long lifespan. Make repairs as soon as you know they are necessary so that an accident doesn’t occur that can cause serious damage or injury. Work with a reputable garage door service to get the maintenance and repairs you need for the best health of your garage door.

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2594 E Thornton Ct
Gilbert, AZ 85297

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