How Long Can A Garage Door Opener Last?

Dated: April 1 2021

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Most of us take our garage door opener for granted. You push the button and the door opens, you push the button again and the door closes. Despite this everyday occurrence which we give little thought to, over time the garage door will eventually not open. The most likely problem is a broken spring. Springs typically last about 10,000 cycles. With twice daily use, that calculates to about 12 to 13 years.

If You Are Buying A Home, You May Want To Ask Has the System Had Regular Maintenance?

Depending on the type of unit, there are parts of the whole system that should be cared for. Not only does it keep your door operating smoothly and evenly, but it also takes less strain off the motor, chain, belt or screw drive. If you’ve never even thought about regular garage door maintenance, here are some of the items that can be serviced and checked regularly, or ask the seller about:

  • Springs: As mentioned above, springs are a key component of the door, and should be adjusted so that they have the proper tension. Signs that the tension is set incorrectly are doors that open unevenly from one side to the other. This is not a job for home handymen – have a certified repairman take care of anything that involves the torsion springs. 

  • Rollers: These are the wheels that guide the door up and down along the track. They benefit from cleaning and relubrication periodically. Otherwise, they can become “sticky” due to dirt and grease build-up.

  • Track: Tracks are prone to becoming bent or uneven – especially if the tension is incorrect on the torsion springs. They need to remain level and aligned. In addition, if debris gets caught in the tracks, it can impair the movement of the door. Tracks should be kept clean, lubricated properly, and allow for free movement of the rollers.

  • Rail: No matter what type of opener, the rail that holds the chain, belt, or screw should be properly lubricated where it contacts the carriage. Just remember – the less work any of the garage door opener parts have to do, the longer the unit will last.

Taking all the factors into consideration, you’ll have a better idea of how long your existing garage door opener will last. If the springs are old, the maintenance has been non-existent, and the door is out of balance, a 10-year-old opener may be near the end of its lifespan, and starting to experience problems. 

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Kenneth Manesse

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