How Much Does Garage Door Repair Cost?

  • August 9, 2020

When something breaks down, one of the first things that you’re interested in knowing is how much it will cost to fix it. This is especially true when it comes to garage door repair since it is such a crucial part of your home. But in order to accurately answer this question, we first need to breakdown the most common garage door products that might need repairing and what each of them would likely cost to fix.

garage door springsThere’s no two ways about it garage doors have a lot of parts. From springs to sensors, keypads to remotes, the ins and outs of how to repair a garage door can be pretty mysterious.

The cost of a garage door repair will depend on the age of the door, the nature of the problem (broken spring, malfunctioning opener, or a garage door that’s off the track), and what contractors in your zip code typically charge for repairs. Additional materials, like if you need to purchase a replacement door or door opener, can also raise your costs.

Most of the time when your garage door stops working, it’s because of a broken spring.  Think of the springs as the muscle that lifts and controls the lowering of your garage door, which can weigh hundreds of pounds.  When your door is working properly and has the right springs on it, you should easily be able to lift and lower it with one hand.  When you have a broken spring (or springs), your garage door will not work as it should.

There are 2 kinds of garage doors – those that need a repair or service right away, and those that will need a repair or service in the future. When your garage door, or garage door opener, isn’t working the way you want it to, instead of getting frustrated trying to do the repairs yourself, call a reliable professional that specializes in garage door repair – Tucson counts on John’s Garage Door Repair!

There are two types of springs on garage door systems, torsion and extension springs. If either of these springs break, you should easily be able to notice it.

If you want to know if your torsion garage door spring is broken, look towards the inside top of your garage door. Garage doors have either one or two torsion springs on both sides of the door.  If you see a snapped spring, then it’s time to call a professional to replace your spring.

When extension springs break, the springs that extend from the garage door to the opener, you’ll usually see a spring hanging from the tracks of your door.

The average cost to repair or replace garage door springs is between $125 and $350 depending on the type of springs. If your garage uses torsion springs, you are looking at a $175 to $350 cost to repair or replace. With extension springs that stretch and then compress, costs are usually much less.

Should I have a professional fix my garage door?

There’s many home repairs that I would say to go ahead and DIY, but fixing the garage door isn’t one of them. It’s important to realize the benefits of having a professional come and fix your garage door system.

Replacing a broken spring is something we always recommend being done by a professional. Springs are under incredible amount of tension and can be very dangerous to install if you don’t know what you’re doing. Springs also have to be wound with special tools, because of this, it’s important to call a trained garage door technician to replace it. If you need spring replacement, give us a call today.

Having your door professionally repaired is definitely worth the cost. A professional door technician can ensure the necessary repairs have been done correctly, using the right parts, and make sure your garage door system runs smoothly and efficiently.  If someone doesn’t know how to properly install garage door springs, there is a very real risk of serious injury.  These springs carry a lot of power and tension, and if they are not controlled with the right tools and techniques, people have been known to get hurt, lose fingers, damage property and even much worse.  It’s just not worth it to try to save a few bucks.

Plus, you need to know precisely the right spring (or springs) to put on your door.  Putting the wrong ones on will lead to less efficient work and shorter lifespan for the springs and the door.

If you don’t want to take our word for it, consider the summary from BobVila.com:

Replace a Garage Door Spring Only After You Read This – Bob Vila

Summary:

  • 1. Know the different types of garage door springs.
  • 2. You can source replacement springs online or from hardware stores or manufacturers.
  • 3. DIYers should proceed with care and caution.

Another issue you might be having with your garage door involves the cables.  Does your garage door fall or bounce around unexpectedly? This is not only dangerous, but could also indicate aging or broken door cables, thus the immediate need for a cable replacement.

If the cables aren’t operating properly, your garage door may not be able to close on its own, or it could drop down and injure your loved ones.