What Is a Garage Door Torsion Spring?

In our last blog post, we went into detail about garage door extension springs: how they work, where they are located, etc. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the other type of garage door spring—the torsion spring.

Garage Door Torsion


Garage door torsion springs serve the same basic function as garage door extension springs—they counterbalance the weight of your garage door when it opens and closes. Most single, residential garage doors use garage door extension springs, but heavier, double doors often require garage door torsion springs. Because they store more tension, garage door torsion springs are more difficult to replace—especially if you’re not a professional.

While a garage door extension spring works by stretching and contracting, a torsion spring works by applying torque to a rotating metal shaft—winding and unwinding as the door opens and closes. If you have a residential garage door, it’s likely that you only have one spring. However, heavier residential garage door may require two torsion springs. Most commercial and industrial garage doors also feature two torsion springs, although it’s not uncommon to have up to four on a heavier door.

Schedule Garage Door Torsion Spring Services in Columbus, OH

If you need garage door torsion spring repair, replacement, maintenance, or installation in the Columbus, OH area, contact The Hamilton Parker Company today. A garage door spring stores a lot of tension, so attempting to repair a garage door spring yourself or perform garage door spring replacement yourself is not recommended and can be highly dangerous.

When it comes to your garage door springs, it’s also important to practice proper garage door maintenance. At The Hamilton Parker Company, our garage door preventative maintenance plan includes spring adjustments, as well as:

  • Track and roller lubrication
  • Leveling adjustments
  • Lock


  • Opener chain adjustments
  • Opener force adjustments
  • Opener travel adjustments
  • Eye beam adjustments
  • Component check for safety and excessive wear
  • 90-day warranty on labor

Give us a call today to sign up for our maintenance plan!

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