If you’ve had your garage door opener for any length of time you enjoy the convenience and security of pushing a button to open and close your garage door.
Garage door openers are built to last for years but like any other mechanical device they will require repair or replacement at some point. There are a few things you can do to extend the life of your motor but it’s not like changing the oil on your car. The engineers know that your motor will be mounted up by the ceiling and in most cases this is not a convenient place to perform maintenance. With that taken into account there are not that many things you can do because they’re made to be virtually maintenance free.
So what do you do when it breaks? First make a call to your local garage door service professional, like us for example. Explain the symptoms and in some cases the root cause can be determined. This is where you need to consider a few things.
If your opener is very old and does not have the current safety features required like safety photo eyes then in most cases a service company cannot work on it.
If a broken or stripped gear ends up being the problem you can normally get that part and have it replaced but here’s the thing. If that part costs you $65.00 and you can’t do it, or don’t want to, yourself you are probably going to have a service call included as well. With the average service call being somewhere between $85 – $115 per hour depending on who you call, the total bill could be as high as almost $200 for the repair. Same goes for almost all part replacements like carriage, circuit board, broken chain, stripped belt etc.
Additionally, there may be an underlying cause for the opener to have the issues such as improperly balanced door or spring adjustment. Fixing the opener may be worth it should the other issue be repaired at the same time.
You’ll have to make a decision as to whether the cost of the repair is worth it in relation to getting an entirely new unit altogether. Age of the motor should be your deciding factor.
We understand that replacing your opener is not something you planned on at this moment but we look at it like this; what other appliance do you have in your home that cost you around $300 when it was new and provided upwards of 15 years of service or more. Relatively speaking the cost of a new opener installed has not risen as much as everything else. Our standard model DC motor, chain drive opener with all the latest and greatest safety and functionality upgrades is still right around $400 installed. $400 over the next 10-15 years would cost you at most $45/year. That’s a deal no matter how you look at it considering what it delivers.
If your garage door opener needs a checkup or replacement take a look at what we have to offer and if you’d like a quick quote without any hassle give us a call or fill out our easy form.
Your Overhead Door of the Mohawk Valley™ Team