How long should a garage door spring last? I can tell you that they don’t last as long as they used to. The one in this picture is the original spring that came with the door in 1943. That makes this spring 70 years old. It still works perfectly as does the door.
These days you would be lucky to get 12 years out of a spring. It really is true that they don’t make things as well as they used to.
Springs today are rated in cycles. A cycle being one up then back down. Most of the springs we sell are rated for 10,000 cycles. That usually lasts 7 to 10 years, but in some cases less.
It’s a fact that all springs break. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to be proactive and replace them before they break. It could save you from being late to work some future morning. Try to find a company that offers a lifetime warranty on their springs in case you’re still living in the home when they break again.
There really is no way of telling when they will break. It’s kind of like a light bulb, it will go out when it goes out. Just keep a light coat of oil on them to prevent rust.
Beware of the spring and everything it is attached to. Trying to adjust it or replace it could result in injury or death. You really should only work on or around them if your familiar with how they work.