What to expect from your garage door opener

Posted 2/4/2020

You may have a good idea how long your garage door will last, but what about the life of the opening device itself? Whether you want to replace an old garage door opener or are curious about the new one you just bought, we've found a few guidelines for what to expect from your garage door opener.

To figure this out, we need to consider the quality of the materials used to manufacture the device. Generally, the top doors for garage doors will last you anywhere from 10 to 15 years. Factoring in repairs and normal wear and tear will also help determine the life of your opening unit.

One of the more common types of professional repairs needed is for the door springs. These springs do not measure service life this year, but rather in use cycles. An entire cycle equals opening and closing the door once. Tension springs located either above the track or next to the door last between 5,000 and 10,000 cycles. Torsion springs placed above the door last between 15.00 and 20,000 cycles. The more you use your garage door, the more wear on the springs.

There are several additional moving components that play a role in opening and closing your garage door. The key to extending the life of your garage door opener is regular maintenance. We recommend the following checklist:

Door Balance Test

Regular Reverse Tests

Lubrication of all moving parts

Visual inspection of cables, hinges, bolts, tracks, springs and rollers

You can make the most of your garage door opener in a few simple steps: keep it clean, keep it greased, and keep your eyes and ears aware of unusual sounds or signs of wear. These steps will only take a few minutes, but can add years to the life of your garage door opener.




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