Another one of the many services offered by Overhead Door. This is a garage door spring replacement service. A garage door torsion spring that needs to be repaired. This would require Overhead Door Company to come to your home to make the repair service.

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Garage Door Spring Repair and Replacements

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If you’re searching for a reliable specialist in garage door spring repair, your search ends here! With over 55+  years of experience, Overhead Door Company of Huntsville/North Alabama™ has been a trusted name in the community. Our team of skilled professionals is equipped to tackle any repair, from straightforward fixes to more complex issues.

Specializing in garage door spring replacement, we stand out for our honesty and transparency. At Overhead Door Company of Huntsville™, we offer straightforward, fair pricing without the risk of bait-and-switch tactics. Our prices comprehensively cover parts, labor, and any service charges, ensuring you know exactly what to expect.

The Purpose of a Garage Door Spring

Garage door springs are crucial for evenly balancing the door’s weight, ensuring it opens and closes smoothly with minimal effort. These springs serve as a counterbalance, offsetting the heavy weight of the door for easier manual and automatic operation. A functional spring system is vital for both the efficiency and safety of your garage door.

When a spring breaks, it releases stored tension, which can make a loud noise and disrupt the door’s balance, making it hard to operate. Handling or repairing a broken spring can be dangerous due to the potential energy still within the spring. Always seek professional help to safely manage and replace a broken spring.

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The Impact of Broken Garage Door Springs

Usually, most don’t think twice about or notice their garage door springs – until they break. And then it’s essential to repair them quickly because they are crucial to the overall smooth, easy and effective operation of your garage door operating system. Without springs, you no longer have a functional garage door without manually operating your garage door.

Without a functional spring, the garage door is sometimes impossible to lift.

Not having the correct springs or ones in poor shape directly affects the door’s movement – it may stop, get stranded, or collapse, causing inevitable damage or harm to anyone or anything around the garage door itself. Operating a garage door with a broken spring can potentially damage the garage door’s operating system.

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How Do You Know You Need Garage Door Spring Repair?

Non-Responsive Door: If your garage door won’t open or stops midway, the spring could be broken.

Visible Cable Issues: Fallen or loose cables often suggest a spring malfunction.

Heavy Manual Operation: When manually opened, a door that feels unusually heavy can indicate spring failure.

Sudden Movements: If the door slams down suddenly during operation, it’s a critical sign of spring damage.

Uneven Opening: A door that opens crookedly or at an angle points to uneven spring tension.

Gap in Springs: A visible gap between the spring coils signifies a loss of tension.

Elongated Spring: An overstretched spring is a clear wear indicator and may require replacement.

Sound: Extra noisy.

Learn More: Why Does a Garage Door Spring Break 

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Are you experiencing issues with your garage door springs? Reach out to us. We look forward to discussing your pricing while scheduling your appointment. Whatever is your requirement or need for your garage door spring repair or replacement, we are sure to have necessary products in our comprehensive inventory.

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Torsion Spring Replacement

Torsion springs have become the industry standard due to their durability and capacity to support more weight. These springs are typically installed above the garage door, running horizontally. The number of springs used can vary depending on the door’s size and weight—typically one spring for doors up to eight feet wide and two springs for larger, double-car garage doors. However, this number can also depend on the weight and material of your garage door.

Extension Spring Replacement

If your garage system utilizes extension springs, you’ll find them positioned vertically on both the left and right sides of your garage door. These springs operate along pulleys, extending vertically to facilitate the opening and closing of the door. In systems using extension springs, two springs are always installed—one on each side—to ensure balanced movement. Together, these springs function independently but cooperatively to form an effective counterbalance system with your door’s cables and opener.

Many homeowners choose to convert to a torsion spring setup when replacing extension springs. Torsion springs, mounted horizontally above the garage door, offer several advantages. They provide a smoother operation, increased safety due to less exposed parts, and greater durability, which can extend the lifespan of the garage door system. Additionally, torsion springs distribute the weight of the door more evenly than extension springs, reducing wear on the garage door’s cables and opener. This conversion can result in a more reliable and maintenance-friendly garage door system.


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Wayne Dalton Torque Master Conversion

For those with Wayne Dalton garage door systems, the torque master setup features springs enclosed within a torsion tube, making it difficult to detect when they fail. Signs of a problem include loose cables or a door that feels unusually heavy.

In contrast, the torsion spring system is more common and offers several advantages, including visibility which simplifies maintenance, longer lifespan, and more readily available parts. Given these benefits, we  recommend converting to a torsion spring setup if you encounter issues with a torque master system.

Please note that Overhead Door Company of Huntsville/North Alabama™ does not service Wayne Dalton Torque Master systems directly. However, we offer a conversion to the more reliable torsion spring setup. Contact our office for more details on this service.

Why Choose Overhead Door Company of Huntsville/North Alabama™?

Choosing us means opting for a partner who understands the importance of your garage door’s functionality and safety. With our expert services, you can ensure that your garage door springs are in top condition, providing safe and convenient access to your property. Contact us today to schedule an inspection or to learn more about our comprehensive garage door services.

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Do Not Use Your Garage Door with a Broken Spring

If your garage door spring breaks, avoid using the door altogether. Attempting to open it manually or with an electric opener can be dangerous and cause further damage or harm to yourself or property.  Garage door openers are not designed to lift doors without the aid of springs, and forcing the issue could burn out the motor. For safety, contact a professional for immediate repairs.

Why Prompt Spring Repair is Essential

Ignoring the signs of a faulty garage door spring not only poses safety risks but can also lead to more costly repairs down the line. A malfunctioning spring could cause the door to fail unexpectedly, posing a danger to users and property. Additionally, damaged springs put extra strain on your garage door opener, potentially shortening its lifespan and leading to premature failure. Remember, repairing or replacing a garage door spring is typically more affordable than fixing or replacing a garage door opener.

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To assess the health of your garage door springs, perform a balance test:

  1. Close the garage door and disengage the opener with the manual release.
  2. Manually move the door to the halfway point and let go. If it stays in place, the springs are properly balanced. If it falls, the springs may need adjustment or replacement.
  3. Reengage your opener by pulling on the manual string.

If you’re uncomfortable performing this test, our team can help during an annual maintenance visit, ensuring your door operates safely and efficiently.

Never Disengage the Garage Door Opener When Open

Do not release the garage door opener if the door is open. If the springs are unbalanced or broken, the door could crash down, potentially causing significant damage to the door, surrounding objects, and serious injuries or even fatalities.

The Dangers of DIY
Garage Door Spring Repair

Replacing broken garage door springs is not a DIY project! Springs should never be adjusted or replaced by individuals who are not properly trained and possess the proper tools.

Spring replacements are dangerous because when installing the new springs, they are placed under extreme tension. Without the proper tools and training, the wrong size replacement spring or springs can cause damage to the garage door and opener. More importantly, without the proper tools and training, serious personal injury can occur.

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The Importance of Regular
Garage Door Spring Maintenance

Ensuring Longevity and Safety

The importance of regular maintenance of your garage door springs cannot be overstated. Without professional inspection and servicing, you may encounter problems with the operation of your garage door system, including difficulty raising or lowering the door. In addition, you could also be at risk for serious accidents due to malfunctioning springs.

Overall, having a correctly functioning garage door spring is essential for safe and convenient access to your home or business. Regular service and maintenance will help make sure it continues working properly, ensuring the smooth operation of your garage door system.

If you have any questions about servicing your garage door springs, be sure to contact us! We’d be more than happy to help. With proper care and regular servicing, your garage door springs should provide reliable performance for many years.

How to Maintain Your Garage Door Springs


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Enhance Your Understanding of garage door springs 

While easy to overlook, your garage door springs are a vital part of the safe and effective operation of your garage door. Springs may look the same, but they come in different sizes depending on the size and weight of your garage door. Our team of spring specialists will match the appropriate spring to your garage door and efficiently make an installation.

What some of our North Alabama customers may not realize is that garage door springs have a life expectancy measured in cycles rather than years. One cycle is a single opening and closing sequence, which means the more you use the door, the shorter the life expectancy of the springs. In busy households, the number of cycles can add up quickly, increasing the chance that you’ll experience a broken spring and need a garage door spring repair.

Without functioning springs, your door will refuse to open or close, or it will slam shut at the worst moments. We’ll show you how springs work and how to recognize a problem with your springs without putting yourself in danger.

Not all garage door springs are the same!

Torsion and Extension Springs Explained

  • The first, torsion springs are mounted above the garage door. Torsion springs store energy by coiling tightly as the door as the door closes. When the door is closed and at rest the torsion spring stores enormous amounts of energy. When you want the garage door to open, the spring helps by uncoiling and releasing that energy.
  • The other, extension springs, run parallel to the tracks of the garage door and are typically situated between the tracks and the garage ceiling. Extension springs store energy by extending while the garage door is closing and then releasing the stored energy while the garage door is opening.

How Does a Torsion Spring Work?

For your garage door to open and close smoothly, the torsion spring must be in good condition and properly matched to the garage door itself. You might expect your garage door’s operator to do most of the door’s work. While the operator does expend a certain amount of energy raising and lowering the door, the door’s springs actually accept the heaviest burden.

Over time, and with exposure to the elements around them, the tension rating of a garage door spring changes.  The repeated opening and closing of a garage door will gradually wear out the spring. As the spring weakens, its effectiveness is reduced. Opening the garage door will take more effort, due to the diminished capacity of the weakened spring to support the weight for you.

Without functioning torsion springs, your operator has to accept your garage door’s full weight. Without the garage door torsion spring to counterbalance the door’s weight, the motor body likely will not have the capacity to raise the weight of a garage door on its own.

Now that we understand the function of a torsion spring, it becomes more clear that a torsion spring demands sturdy construction. The torsion spring itself is much thicker than extension springs, which work in pairs in a vertical configuration on either side of the garage door. The torsion spring, in contrast, works alone, and is horizontally mounted in the center of the door opening above the door. Torsion springs are installed directly above the door opening, on the metal shaft.

The thickness and size of each garage door torsion spring is matched specifically to the weight and design of the door for which it is made. The heavier the garage door, the thicker the spring.  This tension rating is intended to match the door for a consistent lifting and lowering action.

How Does an Extension Spring Work?

An extension spring on a garage door works in the way the name itself implies –  by extending. Unlike most coiled springs that work when compressed, an extension spring extends when force is applied, so the coil stretches out. The force that’s stored in the spring is proportional to the amount of force it’s being subjected too. Once the force that’s being applied is removed, the energy that’s stored in a stretched spring is transferred in the opposite direction, which compresses it back into its tight, coiled shape. The extension springs attach to the track and through a series of pulleys and cables to the bottom bracket on the garage door located on the bottom section. The extension springs provide the energy needed to open the garage door while the cable and pulley system does the actual lifting. If any one of these components are damaged or not installed properly, the system will not function safely or properly.

Extension springs don’t have as many benefits as torsion springs. They’re the less expensive option of the two types of springs and don’t use much overhead space since they’re installed on the side of the door. Unfortunately, extension springs typically have more of a jerking motion when they operate which results in more wear and tear and a shorter lifespan. They can also break away and injure people and property. All extension springs should be paired with safety cables to prevent the spring from becoming a projectile in case of breakage.

Which garage door springs are the best?

In most all cases, we recommend converting to torsion springs.

Extension springs are an older garage door technology that uses a 2-spring system placed at each end of the garage door. They are an easier and less expensive garage system to install, but they tend to be more costly for homeowners to maintain than a torsion spring system.

Torsion springs are used more frequently today because they last longer than extension springs and experience less wear because they don’t have to work as hard as extension springs. Torsion springs are a much softer spring system as the spring is mounted on the spring bar. They also remain inside the shaft when they break, so they’re the safer option. Additionally, they offer smoother movement and keep the door better balanced.

When our technicians explain the advantages of a properly calibrated torsion spring system to a customer with an extension spring system, most convert to the torsion spring system because the future savings from lower repair costs will offset the additional cost of conversion.  The customer benefits from having a much faster, quieter, and smoother operating garage door. When it comes to home improvement projects, garage door replacements provide some of the highest returns.  You can further boost the ROI of your investment by choosing longer-lasting torsion springs over extensions springs.

Depending on the cost of repairing your extension spring and how long you plan to stay in your home, you might find converting is worth the cost difference.

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The Overhead Door Company of Huntsville™ has been serving Huntsville and surrounding areas for over 50+ years. Locally owned and operated by the Warren Family since 2004, The Overhead Door Company of Huntsville/North Alabama™ is the only garage door company within Huntsville, Madison, Athens, Decatur, and surrounding North Alabama areas with hundreds of thousands of satisfied Overhead Door Company™ customers for over five decades. We are licensed and insured.

As the only local authorized Overhead Door Company™ in North Alabama, we offer only the best garage door spring repair and service with the products you want and the safety you need.

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