How Much Does Garage Door Spring Replacement Cost?

Marwa Hasan
Written by Marwa Hasan
Updated June 20, 2022
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Highlights

  • Trouble opening and closing your garage door is a sign of a spring problem.

  • It costs $150 to $350 on average to replace a garage door spring.

  • It may cost up to $500 if you have to make additional repairs. 

  • You can DIY repair or hire a garage door repair pro to do the work.

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A reliable garage door protects your home from security threats and the elements, while also making daily life more convenient. If your garage door is is not opening or closing properly, you may need to replace its springs. Garage door spring replacement costs between $150 and $350 for materials and labor. Read on to learn about all the factors that impact the cost to replace your garage door springs.  

How Much Does a Garage Door Spring Replacement Cost Per Door?

You’ll pay between $150 and $350 for a single garage door. Costs could run as high as $500 if you have to replace springs for several doors, or have to make related repairs. 

When one door garage spring fails, it’s better to replace both springs at the same time, to maintain the door's balance. Plus, a contractor will likely give you a good deal if you replace both during the same visit.

How Much Does It Cost to Replace a Garage Door Spring Yourself?

Before you DIY this job, you should know that it can be risky because of the high tension of garage door springs. Garage doors are also quite heavy. It’s best to call a local garage door installation company to replace your springs. It’ll cost between $75 to $150 to hire a qualified pro to do this job for you, so if you opt to DIY, that’s how much you’d save in labor costs. It’s best to shop around to get a few quotes. Aim for at least three estimates. 

You can, however, DIY minor repairs for your springs, such as lubricating or fixing an imbalance issue. It’s good to do these jobs twice a year as part of regular garage door inspection and maintenance. This can cost between $50 to $150 on average.

Garage Door Spring Replacement Cost Breakdown

Itemized average costs for garage door spring replacement, with springs costing $30 to $100

The total cost to replace a garage door spring is $150 to $350 on average. Here is a breakdown of the cost to repair your door springs.

Springs 

Each spring typically costs between $30 to $100, while the commercial-grade springs can run between $100 to $500.

Labor

For residential garage doors, spring replacement runs between $75 to $150, while commercial grade springs can cost between $150 and $300 to replace.

Replacing Springs and Cables 

Expect to pay somewhere between $175 to $450 to replace both cables and springs. The labor cost is between $75 to $200 for cables alone, but the repair person should charge you less when combining different jobs at the same visit. 

Switching Spring Types

To switch from extension to torsion springs, expect to pay between $400 to $800. The torsion conversion kit costs between $250 and $500, where the professional removes old spring parts to install an entirely new system. 

Tuning Up Door Springs

It would be best if you got your garage door springs tuned once or twice a year for maintenance, which can cost anywhere from $50 to $150

How Much Does It Cost to Replace a Garage Door Spring By Type?

Garage door springs come in a few varieties.

For residential garage door springs, you'll pay anywhere from $50 to $100 per spring for extension springs, including labor fees. Whereas torsion type costs between $75 and $150 for both the spring and labor. 

Commercial grade springs cost anywhere from $100 to $500 for the springs alone, while labor adds another $150 to $300 to the cost.

What Factors Influence the Cost to Replace a Garage Door Spring?

A few other factors impact your final cost to replace a garage door spring, including:

  • The number of doors: Double door springs can cost an extra $15 to $30 per spring than a single door.

  • The type of spring: Commercial-grade springs tend to be heavier, costing $85 to $400 more than residential-grade springs which can start at $15.

  • The labor fees: Depending on location, the time spent, and the type of the job, can cost as low as $75.

  • Garage Size: If a pro has a hard time accessing the area, it could increase your bill.

  • Urgency: Emergencies happen. If time is of the essence, you should call an emergency garage door repair pro, though their services tend to cost more.

FAQs

Can I change only one spring per door?

You should change both springs, even if just one breaks. Most doors come with two springs. Once one of them breaks, replacing both at the same time will ensure that the door stays balanced and strong.

How often should you replace your door spring?

Garage door springs can be used for 10,000 to 20,000 cycles. Over time, when your garage door fails, the springs are the part that most often breaks. So you'll need to replace a torsion spring every 8 to 15 years and an extension spring every about 7 to 12 years, depending on use.

Can a garage door operate without a spring?

No. Once a spring breaks, the door becomes too heavy to safely lift. It’s best to wait for a garage door repair person to open it for you.

How can I tell if a garage door spring is broken?

These are the main signs to look for:

  • The garage door doesn’t open at all.

  • Even though the door might be moving, it’s not easy to open or close it.

  • The door is crooked and feels stuck or off track.

  • You hear a loud bang—that’s the sound of the spring breaking.

  • You hear squeaking as you lift the door up and down.

  • The automatic opener motor is working or straining, but the door isn’t moving.

  • You can see a broken spring, but in some cases, it’s not always visible. 

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