Ordering a garage door spring for your door is a temping thing. They are SO much cheaper online than they are to buy in person! Plus, as with online shopping for anything else, it is way easier (seemingly)!
But with the cost savings and the seeming ease of purchasing a spring online comes huge risk.
Here at Hung Right Doors, we never recommend that you buy a garage door spring for your garage online. It’s a much better bet to remove your existing spring (or springs if there are two and only one is broken) and bring it into the office to let one of our office staff measure your spring so that we can get you the exact spring you need.
Admittedly, you could go to Amazon right now and find a pair of springs for a lot less than you can purchase springs from us for. But there are a few things wrong with this picture.
1: There is no real way to know which spring you need for your door online. The spring needed for your garage door is not determined by your door size, but by your door weight. Our techs weigh your door so that we can determine which garage door spring is correct for your garage door. Another way to figure out which spring you need is to measure your current spring or springs. Measuring your springs requires a special ruler made specifically counting coils.
2: It’s difficult to determine the quality of the springs online. The springs that we sell are always purchased from the same place, and are made of galvanized steel. This prevents the springs from ever becoming rusted. These galvanized steel springs are rated for 10,000 rotations, which is double the amount of rotations that most springs hold in their ratings. Buying springs of lesser quality means that you are going to have to buy springs way sooner than if you purchased springs of high quality.
3: Springs are very dangerous to install. If the spring that you order is not correct for your door, you run the risk of it breaking from the strain, or from the amount of rotations needed to tighten the spring enough to pull your door.
The correct spring can make or break the condition of your door system. It’s one of the smaller parts of your door, but it packs a big punch.
Having a broken spring is inconvenient enough, having the wrong spring can be the cause of a much bigger headache.