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Old 05-04-2015, 02:56 PM   #1
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Sorry if I put this in the wrong place. I was hoping to get some feedback on a repair cost. My home is around 15 years old and the garage door torsion spring broke. This is a very heavy solid double garage door made of wood estimated to weigh around 1000 to 1200lbs. There are two torsion springs. Only one broke, but it was recommended I get both replaced and due to the weight of the door they are "custom made" and the total cost including installation would be around $1,100. Does this seem fair?

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Old 05-04-2015, 03:09 PM   #2
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If they are not stock units, that number could be fair.

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I think you might be better off going with a new, lighter weight door. Mine have broken twice due to usage (we don't have side door) and I could replace them 3-4 more times before I spent that much money. And no, I don't DIY, I hire it done because those things can kill you.
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I think you might be better off going with a new, lighter weight door. Mine have broken twice due to usage (we don't have side door) and I could replace them 3-4 more times before I spent that much money. And no, I don't DIY, I hire it done because those things can kill you.
I thought about that, but he said he would replace it with the same, if not same springs, which have lasted 16 years. I live in a golf course community that has hardcore HOA rules. I can't change the doors or even the color of the paint.
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LOL. Those Hos can be a problem. I can empathize with your pain.
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LOL. Those Hos can be a problem. I can empathize with your pain.

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Get more estimates if you don't like the first one. There should be more than one door opener service company around. Or does your HOA require you to use this one?
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Wow!!!!

I thought I had heavy doors....

I really can't answer anything about custom made springs..... but maybe another installer might have an idea of installing a third spring (that might put you in standard springs....) or maybe your neighbors have some recommendations/ideas....

that just sounds very pricey to me... do all your neighbors have this issue...???

Just off the cuff possible ideas.....

Good luck.... Let us know of any alternatives (I will say sixteen years is pretty good... I probably only get 5 years or so.... )

I'd sure keep your old spring around....at that price.... yes it's nice to have two equal springs, but likely can be used if you encounter another break....
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Sounds like a lot of money for springs. I just replaced a set today for a customer of mine. Springs were longer than normal and had to be cut from 60" long spring stock. These springs at my cost were $100. That's over twice what I normally pay for springs that are precut and considered stock sizes. Always replace both springs as a set. If one broke, the other isn't far behind. Get some more estimates. For a normal spring replacement with stock springs I usually charge between $130-150.
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Now that you have a broken one, do some measuring and find which springs you need and the cost (see link). You may want to order a pair and just pay someone to install.

http://www.americandoorsupply.com/Ga...ngs-s/1826.htm

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UPDATE ON OUTCOME: I had two more quotes. My garage door is a custom garage door according to all three quotes and would require custom springs. All three quotes were in $300 of each other. I ended up going with the first quote, which was $200 more than my cheapest quote because of reputation and overall rating on several sites.
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Hey Hawk,
Do me a favor and take a couple of pics of the springs on your door, just curious. I've never seen springs cost that much, even on larger commercial doors.
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