A typical garage door opener lasts around 10 to 15 years, and at the end of that service life, it may begin to fail. If you own an older system, watch for signs that it needs to be replaced. Knowing what to look for makes it easier to get help before the door fails entirely.
1. Your garage door needs regular repair.
Older garage doors need tune-ups every year. However, your garage door repair person should not spend most of that time uncovering problems that need urgent repair. Tune-ups are meant to keep your garage door in good condition. When parts keep breaking despite the tune-up, that's a sign that the garage door opener needs to be replaced.
2. The cost to fix is close to, or more than, the cost to replace.
A typical garage door opener installation costs around $350, or more if you're installing a high-end product. If your garage door opener is 10 years old or older, and the cost to repair is anywhere close to the amount you would spend just replacing the opener, it's time to get a new garage door opener. A good garage door contractor will likely present both options so you can decide for yourself which is best.
3. Your garage door lacks modern safety features.
Garage doors manufactured after January 1991 come with safety features that are designed to prevent the door from closing on a child or pet. If your garage door opener was manufactured before this date, then it may not have modern safety features that can keep your family safe.
For the safety of your children, pets and even for your own safety, have your garage door opener replaced. Work with a garage door contractor to ensure that your garage door includes features like auto-reverse and motion detection.
Need Garage Door Opener Installation? Contact the Pros
If your garage door is old, non-functional or in poor condition, talk to a professional garage door contractor for a quote to replace your unit. Contact Overhead Door Company of Wilmington to make an appointment to discuss your options.