When your garage door stops working properly, it can be irritating -- especially when your car is stuck inside and you need to get to work. Learn common garage door problems and the typical garage door repair cost to weigh whether you're better off repairing your garage door or replacing it with a modern garage door.
Broken Garage Door Spring
Garage door springs are one of the most common repairs: After thousands of times raising and lowering your door, the metal springs simply give out and snap.
Springs range in cost from $50 to $100. Factor in the labor costs to replace the spring and check the balance of the garage door and you're looking at a $200 to $300 fix per broken spring.
Many homeowners opt to pay for springs replacement rather than get a new garage door, but if you've inherited a garage door that doesn't suit your tastes, this may be the perfect excuse to upgrade.
Bent Garage Door Track
Your garage door track is made of malleable metal, which may bend if it's hit. If something smashed into the garage door and bent the track, you won't be able to raise or lower the door properly until the misalignment is corrected. For a quick fix, you might try using a rubber mallet to push the metal back into place. To get the job done the right way, hire a pro. This job should be under $200 unless the track is seriously bent out of shape.
Over time, the garage door cable can fray or even snap. This is a critical safety repair because once the cable begins to fray, the door could slam shut, damaging your car or causing serious injury if you're in its path when it closes. If you notice the cable fraying, call a technician ASAP.
This repair costs at least $200 due to the time it takes to remove the broken cable and replace it with a new one. Cables are less likely to wear out than springs, so odds are you won't need to replace this frequently over the lifetime of your garage door.
Garage Door Opener Won't Work
When the garage door opener won't work, there are two likely causes: expired batteries or a safety sensor issue. If changing the batteries doesn't help, look at the safety sensors, which are on the bottom of the garage door. If there's an obstruction, or if the sensors have fallen out of alignment over time, a garage door repair company should be able to fix things for you. This is usually an inexpensive fix, although if the service technicians can't realign the sensors, it will cost you more to get your garage door working properly again.
At the Overhead Door Company of Wilmington, we offer garage door repair, regular maintenance, and garage door replacement services. If your garage door isn't operating as it should, contact us today.