Costs and Causes of Common Garage Door Problems

Costs and Causes of Common Garage Door Problems

A garage door is a surprisingly complex beast, and if it’s not working, it’s usually because something’s gone wrong. Here are some of the most common problems and some common costs of garage door repairs. 

Garage Door Remote

We all forget about the devices that open our garage doors, but if it’s electronically controlled, check the batteries on the remote. If the door opens easily otherwise (such as from the manually operated switch inside), then it’s likely the garage door remote. If the remote still doesn’t work, you’ll need to replace it, which can cost between $5 and $60 depending on the brand.

Garage Door Spring

If the actual garage door isn’t opening as it should, the first place to check is the spring. Most garage doors have one or two springs. If it has two springs and one breaks, it may still rise, but it might become stuck at a crucial point. If it has one spring and it breaks, the garage door won’t open at all.

The problem with springs is that they have a finite shelf life since metal fatigue inevitably wears a joint into the metal, which eventually snaps. This happens to every garage door at some point.

Expect to pay between $30 and $100 for a new garage door spring, depending on the poundage and the quality of the spring. If you have two, the cost of the garage door repair — after labor — can hit between $200 and $300.

Garage Door Cable

Depending on how your garage door works, you may have a cable connecting the springs (in a torsion spring system) or safety cables. If during your monthly maintenance check you notice the cable is frayed or worn, you’ll need to get it replaced. The cables themselves are generally between $5 and $15, depending on the length, strength and brand, but the labor cost to replace them is generally around $150 to $200 depending on the type of door and the location.

Garage Door Track

One of the more aggravating issues is a bent garage door track, usually caused by something large hitting it. In some cases, it may be possible to knock the track back into shape, usually using a soft mallet. However, this do-it-yourself method can damage it further, resulting in a replacement cost of around $50 to $100, depending on the brand and length. In addition, expect to pay labor costs of around $100 to $150.

Safety Sensors

With an automatic door, the safety sensors (usually located at the bottom of the door) may be at fault. In this case, they’ll automatically cut out before lowering the door as they think there’s an obstruction that could damage the door or that the door could damage.

Sometimes this is the result of excess dirt, so give them a quick wipe first. However, in many cases, it’s because a knock to the garage door or vibration has caused the sensors to misalign. This results in the sensors not working properly, necessitating a repair.

If the garage door sensors need replacing, they can cost anything between $20 and $70 plus labor (between $50 to $125 depending on location and the type of door). However, if they’re merely misaligned, it shouldn’t be more than $50 to $80.

Whether your garage door repair is big or small, you can trust our experts to do the job right. Give us a call at 540-212-1520 and speak to one of our trained professionals.

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