Garage Door Springs Color Code Chart

Color Coded Extension Springs

Garage door springs are color coded to aid in proper identification for repair, ordering and warehousing purposes. Garage door springs have been given color codes based on DASMA (Door & Access Systems Manufacturers Association) guidelines and specifications.

Torsion springs are color coded based on wire gauge sizes. Extension springs are color coded based on the weight they are designed to counterbalance. For extension springs one pair (2 springs total) are identified by a given color code and weight rating.

Color codes are designed as a supplemental identification aid and should never be solely relied upon. Always substantiate color codes with physical spring measurements and door weights provided by your overhead door manufacturer manufacturer.

Torsion Spring Color Code Chart


.177GOLD3 1/2″
.1875BLUE3 3/4″
.192ORANGE3 7/8″
,207YELLOW4 1/8″
.2187WHITE4 3/8″
.2253RED4 1/2″
.2343BROWN4 5/8″
.2437GREEN4 7/8″
.2625BLUE5 1/4″
.273ORANGE5 1/2″
.283LT BLUE5 5/8″
.289YELLOW5 3/4″
.295WHITE5 7/8″
.3065BROWN6 1/8″
.3125TAN6 1/4″
.3195GREEN6 3/8″
.331GOLD6 5/8″
.343BLUE6 7/8″
.3625ORANGE7 1/4″
.375LT BLUE7 1/2″
.3938YELLOW7 7/8″
.4062WHITE8 1/8″
.4218RED8 7/16″
.4305BROWN8 5/8″
.4375TAN8 3/4″
.4531GREEN9 1/16″
.4615GOLD9 1/4″
.4687BLUE9 3/8″
.490LT BLUE9 3/4″
.5312WHITE10 5/8″
.5625RED11 1/4″
.625BROWN12 1/2″


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Extension Spring Color Code Chart


10 LBWHITE25-42-10
20 LBGREEN25-42-20
30 LBYELLOW25-42-30
40 LBBLUE25-42-40
50 LBRED25-42-50
60 LBBROWN25-42-60
70 LBORANGE25-42-70
80 LBGOLD25-42-80
90 LBLT BLUE25-42-90
100 LBTAN25-42-100
110 LBWHITE25-42-110
120 LBGREEN25-42-120
130 LBYellow25-42-130
140 LBBLUE25-42-140
150 LBRED25-42-150
160 LBBROWN25-42-160
170 LBORANGE25-42-170
180 LBGOLD25-42-180
190 LBLT BLUE25-42-190
200 LBTAN25-42-200
210 LBWHITE25-42-210
220 LBGREEN25-42-220
230 LBYELLOW25-42-230
240 LBBLUE25-42-240
250 LBRED25-42-250
260 LBBROWN25-42-260
270 LBORANGE25-42-270
280 LBGOLD25-42-280
290 LBLT BLUE25-42-290
300 LBTAN25-42-300


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Garage Door Guide Cal
Hello, I’m Cal – owner of Garage Door Guide LLC    

I write tutorials about garage door repair, installation and maintenance. With over a decade of experience in the overhead door industry I’ve learned a lot and I’d like to share my knowledge with you.

34 thoughts on “Garage Door Springs Color Code Chart

  1. Christos Mallios says:

    I have a two car garage door which need extension springs with both ends without any connections (will have to install the slide on ones). The specifications are as follows.

    *Wire Size: 0.27 inch
    *Inside Diameter: 2 inches
    *10 Coil Measurement: 2.7 inches
    *20 Coil Measurement: 5.26 inches
    *Length: 27 Inches (a coil count of 100)
    I have no way of measuring the weight of the double door but to my non-expert mind those measurements result on a spring with a DASMA color code ORANGE.

    • Garage Door Guide says:

      A 10-coil count of 2.70″ lines up with a wire size of .273 (orange)
      Most double car 16×7 doors are between 150-225 lbs
      170 lb orange extension springs would be my best guess.

      What is the height and width of your door? Common extension spring length of (25″ relaxed 7ft doors) and (30″ relaxed 8ft doors) are most common.
      27″ springs would usually go for 7ft to 7’6″ tall doors, but 25″ could be used with cable/pulley/eye bolt adjustments.

  2. Brad Fransen says:

    My torsion spring broke. My garage door has just one spring, and it is on the right side. The spring is blue, the spring body on the end of the spring is black, and the tightening screw in the spring body is red. The spring is 2″ ID, wire size is a little over .25″, and the overall length is 34″. My garage door is 16′ x 8′ and is not insulated. Is this the correct spring for this door?

    • Garage Door Guide says:

      How long did the original spring last in years? If you got at least 7 years out of it its probably the correct spring. That is assuming the door was counterbalanced correctly to begin with. If you raise the door half way up in the opening it should stay there with 8 1/4 full turns.

      If its located on the right side of the center anchor plate with a black painted cone its a LEFT wound spring.

      The blue paint identification matches up to .262 wire size, but you will need to confirm this with a 10-coil count. Measure 10 coils and record the distance in inches. IE. 10 coils = 2 5/8″ (.262)

      We don’t carry torsion springs at the moment, but we have partners on Amazon that do.

      Here is a link to the spring(s) you need. Just be sure to select he 34″ length:
      LW .262 x 2″ x 34″ Torsion Spring

  3. Danny says:

    I have a garage door weighing 550 lbs. I need springs, shaft, motor, and hardware. I had it custom made out of iron. I have been installing garage doors for 8 months just don’t know what to do for this. It seemed easier to match when I had it built. It is 16×7 as my existing door.

      • psonline says:

        You should order 140LB blue (pair) extension springs….but you first need to measure the length of your existing (broken) extension springs. The springs we sell are 30″ relaxed and stretch 48…the order code is 30-48-140. Some 8ft extension springs are 32″ though so definitely double check.

  4. Jack says:

    Had new garage doors installed 11 years ago with yellow-coded extension springs. One spring broke about 2 years ago and I replaced both springs with a set of yellow springs from a big box store. Since then the door is harder to open, and closes faster, sometimes not even staying up (manual; no garage door opener). Do I go back to the original installer and get a set of yellow springs from them, or get a set of blue springs from the big box store?

    • Garage Door Guide says:

      Never go by any type of color coding. Usually yellow indicates 130LB or 230LB weight. ALWAYS weight your door with a bathroom scale to get the most accurate weight. Whatever the scale reading says, is what springs should be ordered.

      Guessing your current springs are not strong enough, being hard to lift and easy to close. You should be able to apply <30lbs of manual force and open/close the door smoothly.

      Get a bathroom scale reading (with the springs disconnected) and I can better assist you.

  5. Napo Brooks says:

    Have a 2 car garage door that is now giving problems to open , the motor is already on max torque and the door does not hang appropriately , it’s heavy and I can see the springs should be worn and wrong, no color on them and they have different length. What would be the correct springs ?
    My door has a GREEN paint spot on the side , looks like a factory marking.

    • Garage Door Guide says:

      With the door closed you should perform a balance test. Disconnect the opener (by pulling the red cord with the door in the closed position) and raise the door halfway up in the opening. It should stay without moving up or down. If the door goes up on its own the springs are too strong. If the door drifts lower falling to the floor the springs aren’t strong enough.

      Never turn up the force on your opener. That puts a lot of stress on the opener and will cause internal components like the gear to strip out prematurely. The springs should lift at least 90% of the door weight. That means the opener only only lifts 20lbs on a 200lb door.

      Green paint on the springs usually means .243 wire size, but never go by color codes. Always weigh the door with a bathroom scale and having a spring engineering report ran to ensure accuracy and safety. Once you have the dead weight of the door (without spring tension) measure the height x width. After I have that info I can figure out what springs you need.

  6. Alan says:

    I am the owner of a garage door repair company due to the pandemic I have had issues getting torsion springs. So you have a supply of torsion springs? How much would a set of .273 wire size 43 inches long with a 2 inch inner diameter be?

    • Garage Door Guide says:

      No, I do not have have torsion springs in stock, only extension springs. There is a national shortage of torsion springs and parts in general. Large manufacturers like service spring etc are taking care of their biggest clients first leaving the smaller companies to figure it out for themselves. Wish I had better news.

  7. Dave Adams says:

    I have a broken torsion spring on an insulated garage door that is 8 x 16. The door weighs 245 lbs. The numbers on the spring are (.192 – 1 3/4 – 36.3). Can you tell me which springs would be best for replacing these?

    • Garage Door Guide says:

      You can always go with the springs you already have if you feel they lasted a long time and balanced the door well.
      Otherwise I engineered new springs with my spring software. They don’t seem to match up with what you currently have though.

      16′ wide x 8′ tall, standard lift, 12″ Radius, weighing 245 lbs:

      (1) PAIR .234 x 33 x 1 3/4 @14,000 cycles
      (1) PAIR .243 x 40 x 1 3/4 @24,000 cycles

    • Garage Door Guide says:

      I’m assuming this is for an extension spring? You really shouldn’t be coil matching on extension springs, only for torsion. Better practice is to weigh the door with an analog scale. Not saying it’s impossible to do identify using your method, just not something I would recommend.

      1 1/2″ in 10 coils means the wire size is .150

  8. Dewey Brownback says:

    I presently have a 20 year old Overhead Door brand insulated steel overhead door, 9’W x 8’T, without windows. It works fine, but I want to convert to a 28″ (approximately) High Lift operation. My present torsion spring installation is a single spring, 34″L x 2″ ID, x 0.243 wire size. I plan to use new 400-54 Drums. How do I determine what springs (I want to convert to 2 springs) I need? Any suggestions would be very helpful. Thanks for your time.


    • psonline says:

      You need to get a door weight first and and then have the springs engineered. That would probably involve calling/emailing Overhead Door and providing the door specs. They should be able to do that for free…. Weigh the dead weight of the door (without spring tension) using a common bathroom scale. If you can find the door manufacturer sticker on the side of the door that shows a model / serial number etc you might not have to weigh the door. It might be in OHD database of door weights.

      Keep in mind max high lift is floor to nearest obstruction, minus door height (8ft) and then minus 12-15 inches. I wrote an article on this explaining what is needed. In addition to the highlift adder track, you will also need 15″ Radius horizontal track. You are also restricted to using a jackshaft/side mount opener on highlifted doors.

      Here is a brief list of parts that will likely need to be changed going from standard lift to high lift.

      -High Lift Adder track
      -Drums (need HL-54 drums)
      -Cables (longer)
      -Springs (stronger springs)
      -Track 15″ Radius (if you currently have 12″R)
      -Jackshaft opener IE 8500 Liftmaster (drawbar openers can’t be used)
      -Center bearing/anchor plate (larger center bearing likely needed)
      -End Bearing Plates (also probably need larger ebp)

  9. John says:

    If I was going to add 230lbs of Christmas Lights (don’t ask) to a 16′ x 8′ fully insulated 2″ thick door what would I need to upgrade? Heavier duty springs? Higher HP door opener?

    • psonline says:

      Are the lights staying on permanently? Yes, definitely new springs when adding 230lbs. The new springs will likely go from a residential size 2″ inside diameter to a 2 5/8 commercial size (or higher) inside diameter, which will also make it necessary to upgrade your hollow torsion tube to a solid shaft and several other parts as well.

      You will also have to upgrade the center plate, end bearing plates and drums etc to heavier gauge metal to support the added weight. Much of the light weight hardware you currently have isn’t designed to accommodate such heavy loads. Im guessing the door weighs around 250-350lbs itself….adding another 230lbs puts it well over 500lbs.

      To engineer the springs I would need you to weigh your door with a scale. Then you can add the +230LBs to your original door weight reading for a total door weight. The opener would probably also need an upgrade to a 3/4 HP with an “I” beam rail vs a “T” shape rail. Otherwise it is going to flex the T rail. Hope this helps.


      • Jeff Zeak says:

        Hello Cal,

        I have a 7’ high x 15’ wide insulted garage door that weighs 230 Lbs. with 2 extension springs on each side. Current springs are 22” in length x 1.75” diameter and have red on their ends.

        With using 4 extension springs which extension springs should I use?

        • Garage Door Guide says:

          If the door weighs 230 lbs you should order our 220 lb (green) extension springs (pair). They are 25 inches relaxed and stretch 42 inches.
          There is no reason to use 4 springs vs 2 springs. If you must use 4 springs…you would use 4 x 110 lb springs vs the standard 2 x 220 lb

          If the springs have red paint on them that indicates either 50 lb or 150 lb springs…neither of those would be correct.

  10. Rene says:

    hello Cal,
    i’m hoping you can help me.
    garage door spring broke on one side. Has a pink color code on it. could be 20 years old..not sure…
    spring is approx 29.75 inches long. 75.5 inches stretched.
    door is approx 160 lbs
    door is 8 feet tall x 9 feet wide
    I’m having difficulty finding the correct spring as this one seems non-standard.
    any help would be appreciated.
    thank you!

    • psonline says:

      8ft extension springs are much less common than 7ft are. If you have weighed the door with a scale at near 160lbs and your door is 8ft tall that is the key information needed. Just make sure your scale reading is accurate.

      We sell 30″ relaxed springs that stretch 48″ for 8ft tall doors. Seems pretty close to what you have.The color code is brown, so I’m a bit confused at where pink came from.×48-160-lb-extension-spring-brown-ext3048-160

      We have a pair of those springs in stock although they aren’t listed on our website. They are $110 for the pair shipping, tax, fees etc included.

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