While your entire automatic garage door system can last up to 30 years, the same is not true for your garage door opener. Over time, your garage door opener is going to wear out and you will need to have a replacement at some point. In general, a garage door opener will last about 15 years, so you will need to have your opener replaced over the lifespan of your entire system. You can help protect your garage door opener by getting any problems repaired when you notice them. Loose tension springs cause strain on your opener, potentially causing an early burnout of your system. Pay attention to your garage door and how it opens and closes and get repair services to your home as needed.
Your Garage Door Opener Won't Start
It's possible that you don't have any power going to your garage door opener. Make sure that the unit didn't become unplugged. Check your circuit breaker to see if the circuit has been tripped. Look to see if there is any power at all in your garage. Try the wall unit to engage your opener as well as the remotes. If none of this works, you will probably need to call for garage door opener repair services.
When Your Garage Door Opener Is Straining
You will notice a straining garage door opener by how slowly the garage door opens. A slowly moving door indicates a problem with the opener or the tension springs. If the springs are loose, your opener has to work extra hard to open the door because nothing else is holding the weight of the door. You might simply need to have someone come and adjust your tension springs, you could need new springs, or you might be ready for a garage door opener replacement.
If Your Opener Consistently Breaks
No matter how old your garage door opener is, a consistent need for repairs is going to become too expensive. It is more cost-effective to replace your existing opener than to continually repair the one you have when you have to call for repairs all the time. Talk to your garage door specialist about your options when you need too many repairs.
Your garage door opener will last longer if you take care of tension spring problems early on. Pay attention to how your door opens and closes, and get a repair service to check out your garage door when it malfunctions. For more information, contact a company like Edelen Door.