How Long Will Your Garage Door Springs Last?

We can tell you from personal experience. They don’t make garage door springs like they used to. You can find garage door springs installed just after World War II that still work great. Today’s springs, however, will be lucky to see 10 years. We’ve had bell-bottom jeans that have lasted longer than that.

Today’s garage door springs are measured according to cycles, or the number of times a garage door has gone both up and down. Most modern springs are rated for 10,000 cycles, which average out to be about 7 to 10 years, depending on how often you open your garage door every day.

Factors such as the weight of the garage door, the level of tension in the springs, and environmental factors. Humidity and temperature can all impact the lifespan of garage door springs.

Regular maintenance can help extend the lifespan of garage door springs. This includes inspecting the springs for wear and tear, lubricating them, and regular adjustments.

While garage door springs can last for several years, it’s important to keep track of how long they have been in use and plan for their replacement. Waiting until the springs break can lead to unexpected and dangerous situations. A garage door that won’t open or close, or a spring that suddenly snaps could cause injury or property damage.

So every garage door springs’ days are numbered. Ideally, you’ll want to replace them before they break. It’s always better to plan ahead for a garage door repair then need an emergency house call when you’re late for work one morning.

How long does the spring have left? There’s really no way to tell beyond how long it has been since they were replaced.


Lightly lay a coat of oil on the springs from time to time to prevent rust. When you replace the springs, look for a company that offers a lifetime warranty so it’s a cheap repair later.


Always approach springs cautiously. Springs are under an incredible amount of tension and can cause severe bodily injury if suddenly released. Only work around them or consider replacing them yourself if you know what you are doing. If not, call a professional. We’ve offer 24/7 emergency garage door repair.

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