DID YOU KNOW? All of our technicians are employees of Overhead Door. We never use subcontractors!

DID YOU KNOW? All of our technicians are employees of Overhead Door. We never use subcontractors!

How Long Do Garage Door Openers Last?

A common question we receive from homeowners is, “How long do garage door openers last?” Generally speaking, they remain operational for 10 to 15 years, which is contingent upon things like the regularity of maintenance and use. Below we explore these factors in greater detail, along with tips for extending the life of a garage door opener. Additionally, we outline the signs of a failing garage door opener and when you may want to consult with a garage door repair professional.

garage door opener being sprayed with lubricant

Factors That Determine a Garage Door Opener’s Lifespan

As its name implies, an opener serves an important role for homeowners and can cause further issues if not well-maintained. For example, faulty internal wires can short and result in a fire.

To help you avoid future headaches, it is essential to focus on these key areas to ensure your garage door opener functions properly:

  • Its make and any known issues associated with the brand
  • When it was installed
  • How frequently it has been serviced
  • Climate (interior and exterior)
  • Frequency of use by the homeowner
  • Has it been subjected to damage, such as being hit by an object?

Tips for Extending Your Residential Garage Door’s Lifespan

Homeowners can take the following actions in order to extend their opener’s lifespan:

  • Conduct a visual inspection of the springs, rollers, cables, track, and pulleys
  • Lubricate moving parts to ensure smooth operation
  • Ensure the door is properly balanced
  • Do a reversal test
  • Keep the garage’s interior free of objects that might damage the opener
  • Try to maintain a cool, dry interior

Signs of a Failing Garage Door Opener

Like other garage door problems, there are often signs of a part requiring attention that you can detect before it fails completely. These are:

  • A slow-moving or detached opener
  • Unusual noises coming from the garage door opener
  • Erratic opening or reversal patterns
  • A garage door opener visibly rattles

When to Consult with a Garage Door Professional

Sometimes even with proactive, regular maintenance residential garage door openers will need to be replaced. If you believe your existing set-up could use a tune-up or complete upgrade, consult with an experienced garage door professional. They will be able to help you identify the right option that works with your door, budget, and other considerations.

Ready to get started? Get in touch with our team at one of our eight locations across the Mid-Atlantic region.

About The Author | Justin White

Justin White is the VP of Marketing for Mid-Atlantic Door Group, Inc. The company opened in 1973 and now consists of (3) official Overhead Door™ Distributors and (8) warehouse locations throughout Maryland, DC, Virginia and Pennsylvania. Justin was born into the door industry, ultimately following in his father's footsteps and joining the family owned business in 2011. After spending time in the field with fellow mechanics, Justin found his niche in marketing, along with a specialty in residential garage door sales, installation, and service.

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