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Garage door springs are a critical component of any garage door system. They counterbalance the door’s weight, making it easy to open and close manually or with an automatic garage door opener. Over time, these springs can wear out, leading to potential safety hazards and operational issues. In this blog post, we will explore how often garage door springs should be inspected and repaired and why regular maintenance is essential for the safety and longevity of your garage door system.

Precision Door Long Beach provides professional, reliable service to ensure your garage door springs are in optimal condition, enhancing the safety and longevity of your entire garage door system.

Understanding Garage Door Springs

Garage door springs come in two main types: torsion and extension springs. Torsion springs are mounted horizontally above the door opening, and torque is used to lift the door. On the other hand, extension springs are mounted on either side of the door and stretch to provide the necessary force. Both springs are under extreme tension and can cause serious injury if they break or are improperly handled.

Why Regular Inspection and Maintenance are Important

Regular inspection and maintenance of garage door springs are crucial for several reasons. Safety is a primary concern, as worn or damaged springs can snap unexpectedly, potentially injuring anyone nearby or damaging property. 

Additionally, properly maintained springs ensure the smooth operation of the garage door, preventing it from getting stuck or becoming unbalanced. This maintenance enhances functionality and extends the lifespan of your garage door springs, saving you from costly replacements and repairs in the long run.

How Often Should You Inspect Your Garage Door Springs?

Routine Inspections: Garage door springs should be inspected at least twice yearly. During these inspections, look for signs of wear and tear, such as rust, coil gaps, or deformation. If you notice any of these signs, consider repairs or replacement. Professional Inspections: While homeowners can perform essential visual inspections, it’s advisable to have a professional technician inspect your garage door springs annually. Professionals can identify issues that might not be visible to the untrained eye and safely perform necessary adjustments or replacements.

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Signs That Your Garage Door Springs Need Attention

Knowing the signs of worn or failing garage door springs can help you address issues before they become serious problems. Here are some common indicators:

  1. Difficulty Opening or Closing the Door: If your garage door struggles to open or close, it could be a sign that the springs are losing their tension.
  2. Visible Gaps in the Springs: The Springs should be tightly wound. Gaps or separations in the coils indicate that the spring is worn out.
  3. Unusual Noises: Squeaking, creaking, or popping noises when the door operates can signal that the springs are under stress or need lubrication. Learn more about noisy doors on our Noisy Door page.
  4. Door Feels Heavy: When lifting manually, the springs may fail if your door feels unusually heavy.
  5. The Door is Off-Balance: An off-balance door that doesn’t stay in place when partially opened is a clear sign of spring issues.

How Often Should Garage Door Springs Be Serviced?

The frequency of servicing garage door springs depends on the spring type and how often the door is used. Torsion springs typically last between 15,000 and 20,000 cycles, with one cycle being a full opening and closing of the door. This translates to roughly 7-9 years for an average home with daily use. To ensure optimal performance and safety, it is recommended that torsion springs be professionally serviced annually.

On the other hand, extension springs generally have a shorter lifespan of about 10,000 cycles. Like torsion springs, they should also be serviced by a professional annually to maintain their functionality and extend their lifespan. Regular annual maintenance helps prevent unexpected failures and ensures the smooth operation of your garage door.

For more information on the longevity of garage door components, check out our Garage Door Lifespan page.

Repairing and Replacing Garage Door Springs

When repairing or replacing garage door springs, it’s best to leave this task to professionals. The high tension in these springs makes them dangerous without the proper tools and knowledge. If you suspect your springs need repair, contact a trusted garage door service provider like Precision Door of Long Beach.

Importance of Professional Service

Hiring a professional for spring repair or replacement is essential for several reasons. Safety is paramount, as professionals have the experience and equipment to handle high-tension springs safely, preventing potential injuries or accidents. Additionally, proper installation by a professional ensures the balanced operation of the door, which is crucial for its functionality and the longevity of the springs.

Another important aspect is warranty compliance. Many garage door components come with warranties that require professional maintenance and installation. Hiring a professional ensures that your garage door remains under warranty, protecting your investment and providing peace of mind.

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Preventive Maintenance Tips

While professional service is essential, homeowners can take steps to maintain their garage door springs between service visits:

  1. Lubrication: Apply a high-quality garage door lubricant to the springs every three months to reduce friction and prevent rust.
  2. Balance Check: Periodically test the balance of your door by disconnecting the opener and manually moving the door halfway. If it stays in place, the springs are in good condition.
  3. Visual Inspections: Regularly check for signs of wear and tear and listen for unusual noises during operation.


Regular inspection and maintenance of garage door springs are vital for your garage door system’s safe and efficient operation. By understanding the signs of wear, performing routine checks, and scheduling annual professional inspections, you can ensure the longevity and reliability of your garage door springs. If you need assistance with your garage door springs, don’t hesitate to contact Precision Door of Long Beach. Our experienced technicians are ready to provide top-notch service and keep your garage door functioning smoothly.

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