Is your garage door not working the way you need it to? Is it making strange noises that worry you? Are you a little afraid of what it might cost you to get it fixed?
The average American garage door opens and closes 1500 times each year, which means it's inevitably going to have some issue at some point.
Repairing your garage door can be an expensive thing to do if you don’t know what you’re doing. Most people don’t know how the mechanics of a motorized door works, which means they get overly worried when it starts to play up or make loud noises.
In particular, people worry that a garage door is a really technical piece of equipment that must cost a lot of money to fix. Well, that doesn’t need to be the case. The trick is to be informed, find a reliable garage repair service, and make a smart decision.
Taking a look at the best information for everything you need to know about lowering your garage repair costs without the hassle.
1. Work out the Issue First
Garage repair costs will obviously differ depending on the type of issue you have. To make sure you are only paying what you need to, try and identify the issue yourself.
The top garage repair issues are:
Broken door spring
Broken door cable
Bent runner track
Faulty safety sensors
You can try to work out the issue yourself, but it’s important you don’t try and fix it yourself. This may end up costing you a lot more in the long run.
2. Know the Costs
Here is a guide on what the issues above should cost to fix.
Broken Door Spring
The spring itself should cost between $50 to $100. When you factor in the work hours, the total cost of repair should be around $200 to $300.
Broken Door Cable
A garage door cable is actually incredibly cheap and can cost less than $20. However, it needs to be installed properly to get the tension correct. Total garage repair costs should be $150 to $200.
Bent Runner Track
This can often be fixed without replacing the track itself. An expert could straighten the track for between $100 and $150. However, if the track is bent beyond repair, this may be a much more significant job.
Faulty Safety Sensors
If the sensors aren't working properly you will notice this because the door won’t close all the way, or at all. This is usually because the sensors’ power source has been disconnected (or batteries have run out), or because the sensors have become misaligned. This should be a quick fix for an expert technician - under $100.
3. Don’t Overpay
Garage repair costs can start to get extremely expensive if you don’t know what you’re doing. A lot of garage repair companies know that you don’t know anything about garage doors, and they will play on that in giving you large quotes.
Even worse, many repair services will recommend replacing garage doors (or the entire system) when it isn’t necessary. They do this because they make a higher margin out of a larger sale. They also make more money by charging for more working hours.
The trick is to find a garage repair company that has the expertise you need to get the job done but also won’t overcharge for the service.
Garage Repair Costs - Be Informed!
Garage repair costs can get out of hand. However, with the right information (which you now have) you can avoid the headache of a large bill or a door that won’t work properly.
Now you’ve worked out how to get the garage door fixed, why not turn your attention to some of the other things you can work on around the home? Check out our other interesting articles to get inspiration or answer specific questions and problems you might have!