So, your garage door opener isn't working properly. Maybe the motor makes a noise, or the motion of the door opening and closing has become jerky. You're not sure what the problem is, but you suspect that the motor is wearing down. What steps should you take? Here's what you need to know about repairing your garage door opener to keep it working right.
1. Diagnose the problem.
While garage door motors certainly can wear down over years of use, there are many problems that could be occurring with your automatic garage door opener. Start by getting a diagnosis from a professional garage door contractor. It takes just an hour or two to perform an inspection, diagnose the issue and make small repairs. If your garage door motor needs to be replaced, your contractor can help.
2. Get quotes for repair and replacement.
With any luck, the problem with your garage door opener will be easy to fix. If it's not, your repair person may present you with a couple options, including repair of the unit or replacement. Garage door openers typically last about 10-15 years, so if your opener is getting older and nearing the end of its service life, it may make more sense just to replace the unit entirely. Your contractor can help you decide what makes the most sense.
3. Hire the right contractor.
Very likely, you'll choose the same contractor who did the diagnosis to make the repair, however, if the job is expensive, you may choose to shop around just to ensure you're making the right decision. When you're picking who to hire, consider the following:
- Reputation in the community.
- Years in business.
It may be tempting to hire the least expensive contractor for the job, but your garage door and automatic opener are important features in your home. Hire someone that fits in your budget, but don't hire a contractor with bad references or a poor reputation. Contractors who charge significantly less for their work may be cutting corners in ways that could be problematic down the road.
4. Maintain your garage door opener.
Once the garage door opener has been repaired or replaced, maintain it. Get a tune-up once annually to keep your garage door in good repair. The more time you spend maintaining your door and automatic opener, the fewer break downs you'll experience in the future.
Need Garage Door Motor Replacement? Get Started Today
Don't wait until your garage door is broken down and no longer functioning. Get started on your garage door motor replacement today. Contact Overhead Door Company of Wilmington to learn more.