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.

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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