Garage Door Spring Types: Torsion & Extension

Garage door spring types

A well-maintained garage door is a safe door. Keep that as a golden rule and your chance to provide a safer environment for everybody around will be significantly better. Despite that fact, unfortunate events happen. So, when trouble knocks on the door you should call a certified professional rather than try the repairs on your own. When a dysfunction is noticed, the repairs should be done as soon as possible. There is a service call available 24/7 offered by garage door companies to answer your questions for help. Some companies offer a 24 hours repair service for an emergency situation and this option is very important for any active business.

Torsion Springs

Torsion spring of a residential garage door

One of the most useful parts of the garage door is the torsion spring because it plays a key role in the lifting of the garage door. Actually, garage springs account for over 90% of the lifting that is needed to raise a garage door, the last 10% is left to the door opener. Now it is essential to know that there are two kinds of springs used to lift the garage door.

Safety Tips For Dealing With A Broken Garage Door Spring

Safety tips for broken garage door springs

Extension Springs

Extension garage door spring

On one hand, there is the torsion spring. This one is located on top of the garage door and is safer and can be stronger. It is recommended for heavy doors. On the other hand, there is the extension spring. These other types of springs are located on the sides of the door and they are mostly used for the lighter and smaller doors.

The Cost Of Garage Door Spring Replacement

Both of these spring should always be equipped with a security cable integrated into. In this way, it will be safer if the spring breaks. The cable will secure the impact. The main reason for hiring a professional garage door technician is your safety. Furthermore, a warranty is always offered on the work done by an experienced technician. Depending on what kind of repair needed, the cost of the operation will vary from 75$ up to 600$ on an average basis.

How Can You Know If Your Spring Is Broken

Broken garage door spring in Ottawa ON

The main reasons of door repair could be as fundamental as the door won’t open or the door is uneven. In other cases, it could be as benign as the door makes a loud and abnormal noise while working. In the case of grinding and squealing noise, you can always lubricate the mobile parts and if the problem persists contact your local garage door repair service. If one of these problems occurs, you have to call a licensed professional.

The problem could come from an obstruction of the wheels or of the sensor. Otherwise, there could be a problem with the torsion springs or the wheel track is at fault. In the event of a broken garage door spring, you should always ask for the services of a professional because these springs hold up tension and can be very harmful if wrongly handled.

In the case of extension spring, it is important to know that the two springs have to be replaced at the same time because chances are high it will cause an imbalance door because the old spring won’t hold as much tension as the new one. If you only change one spring, all you do, in fact, is pushing the problem further.

To ask for the services of a certified professional is a safe investment and it guarantees the security of your home and workplace.

About AMPM Ottawa Garage Door Repair™ Spring Replacement Services

The company offers 24-hour garage door spring replacement and repair services. We highly advise you not to try fixing or manually opening/closing an overhead door with a broken spring. The is much heavier than usual and you can severely injure yourself.


When A Spring Breaks, The Cables Can Come Off The Tracks

When a spring breaks, the door can be out of alignment and the cable or the tracks can snap off at high speed. don’t try fixing it yourself!


The Local Areas We Service

We are located in 116 Albert Street, Ottawa, ON. We provide our service on a 24 hour, 7 days basis, with a rapid emergency response. We cover Ottawa’s east, west, and south end. We have been serving our loyal customer all over Ottawa area including the locations of Orleans, Kanata, Gatineau, Gloucester, and Nepean.

We give a full warranty on labor and parts, and we are fully insured (Liability + WSIB)



Author: Erik Smith

Hello, I’m Erik Smith the owner of AMPM Ottawa Garage Door Repair™. Feel free to contact me with any question you might have regarding new or old garage door repairs (613) 518-4055