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When To Replace Your Garage Door Opener

Without the opener (the motorized device that’s part of the garage door system, not the remote control or keypad), your garage door wouldn’t be able to operate. However reliable your garage door opener may be, it probably won’t last forever.

When should you get a new garage door opener? If yours is broken and your garage door isn’t working properly, call 301-358-6411 to schedule service.

Keep reading to learn more about the average life span of openers and when you should replace them.

How Long Does a Garage Door Opener Last?

On average, a garage door opener should last about 10–15 years. This isn’t to say your operator won’t last longer. Remember — it’s an average.

Some openers last longer and some last a shorter amount of time, but keeping up with maintenance can help increase its life span. If moving parts aren’t lubricated, the door isn’t balanced correctly, etc., the opener tends to wear out much more quickly.

The best thing you can do to ensure your garage door opener lasts as long as possible is keep up with professional maintenance. This typically includes:

  • Visual inspection of the springs, rollers, cables, track and pulleys
  • Lubrication of moving parts to ensure smooth operation
  • Door balance
  • Reversal test

If your garage door opener is older than 10 or 15 years and has never had a major problem, it’s still a good idea to start thinking about replacement. After all, modern openers tend to be:

  • Safer
  • Quieter
  • More convenient

When To Replace Your Garage Door Opener

There are several reasons you may need to replace your garage door opener, including safety, convenience and functionality concerns.

Here are five signs it may be time to consider a garage door opener replacement:

  • Opener age: On average, a garage door opener will last between 10 and 15 years. If your opener is approaching or has exceeded this age range, it may be time to consider a replacement.
  • Unusual noises: Grinding, squeaking, or banging sounds coming from your opener could indicate internal damage — such as failures with the motor, gears or other components — making replacement the best option.
  • Frequent repairs: If your garage door opener needs frequent, expensive repairs, it could mean your system has reached the end of its usable life span and needs replacement.
  • Safety concerns: Modern garage door openers come with advanced safety features, such as photoelectric sensors or auto-reverse mechanisms. If your opener lacks these features, it may be time for an upgrade.
  • Limited features: Older garage door openers may not be compatible with smartphone apps, Wi-Fi connectivity or battery backup systems. Upgrading to a modern opener can give you greater convenience, security and flexibility.

Garage Door Services in Upper Marlboro & Hagerstown, MD

If you need garage door opener service for your home (or commercial building) in Upper Marlboro or Hagerstown in Maryland, Accurate Insulation can help. We have experience working with all types of operators and can help you with garage door repair, maintenance and replacement.

Contact our experienced team to learn more about our services or schedule a consultation.

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