Garage door springs are essential to the safe operation of your garage doors. Springs work by maintaining the balance and weight of your garage door. They work together with your cables so that your door will open and close safely. In this post, we will take a look at a broken torque master spring on a Wayne Dalton door, and learn more about fixing this properly.

If one or more of your springs break, your garage door will be very difficult to open, both manually or with your garage door opener.

How do I know if my spring or springs is broken?

Generally your spring breaks while the door is in motion, which means you are nearby. You will most likely hear a loud “spring” type noise when it happens. If your garage door closes, it will then be difficult to open again. If this is the case, your spring is most definitely broken. Not only that, if your garage door is closed and hard to open, getting your car out is next to impossible.

In the video below, you will see what we mean by “hard to open”. The video features a Wayne Dalton garage door, which is hard to open and close due to a broken torque master spring. The method of repair in this case was converting the springs to a standard torsion spring system with double springs. After the spring replacement, you’ll see the door is easy to lift and open, and is also well balanced.

How to Replace Broken Springs

The first step to replace any broken spring or springs is to disengage the motor from the door. After that, you can easily replace the broken spring(s). Replacing broken or damaged springs on your garage door is dangerous! If you have experience doing this, still be careful! If not, it’s best to call a licensed and bonded garage door company who can send out an experienced tech to handle the problem. When springs malfunction, your springs can easily fall on your car, or worse, a person (you!).

Recommendations For Garage Door Spring 

The rule of thumb is to replace garage door springs as a set, even if only one of your springs is damaged or broken. Generally if one spring is broken, the other spring is not far behind. It is easier to replace both simultaneously. We recommend also upgrading from 1 to 2 springs, if your current door only has 1. Two springs is generally cheaper in the long run .

In general, torsion springs have a lifespan of about 15-20,000 cycles, or about 10-14 years. This depends on how often you use your door.