How Much Does It Cost to Repair a Garage Door?
Garage Door Repair Costs at a Glance
- Cable replacement: $90-$115
- Spring replacement: $250-$500
- Belt replacement: $85-$200
- Single-door opener replacement: $380
- Double-door opener replacement: $500
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Repair costs can be high, but preparing for common issues can help you budget for when something goes wrong.
How Much Does It Cost to Repair a Garage-Door Cable?
When you hit your garage-door opener button, the cables help lift the door. If a cable snaps, your door won't go anywhere when you hit the button. The cost, including installation, is between $90 and $115, according to Overhead Door. The cables themselves usually cost around $30 for the pair.
Sometimes, the cable snaps completely. Other times, it wears and frays to the point of causing issues. Signs of an issue with the cables include the door hanging at an angle or getting stuck partway up or down when you try to open or close it.
Because of the high tension required on the cables, it's best to have a professional install new ones. It can be dangerous to do the work yourself. If you don't get the new cables installed correctly, it could cause the door to fall down. If someone is standing under the door when it falls, it can cause very serious injuries or leave you trapped.
What Is the Cost to Repair a Garage-Door Spring?
- Extension springs: $100 to $120.
- Torsion springs: $200 to $290.
- Garage door cable or chain: $120 to $200.
- Wheel tracks: $125 to $300.
- Garage door opener: $30 to $200.
- Broken glass: $150 to $300.
- Garage sensor: $85 to $100.
- Dents, rust or gouges: $150 to $400 or more.
The springs go above the garage door and counterbalance the garage door's weight to help lift it. Because garage-door springs are under constant pressure, it's obvious when one breaks. You can see the crack or complete break, or you might hear a loud noise when it breaks. The garage door won't open properly if you have a broken spring. Once broken, the springs need to be replaced with new ones.
Garage-door spring replacement is best left to professionals. They use specialty equipment to install the springs correctly. Because they’re under so much pressure, it can be dangerous if you don't know what you're doing.
How Much Is It to Replace a Garage-Door Belt?
You might need to replace a belt if you have a belt-driven garage-door opener. Other garage-door openers are chain-driven or screw-driven models. The cost to replace a garage-door belt is typically between $85 and $200. It's a relatively easy repair for a professional to make since it just deals with the garage-door opener.
How Much Does a Garage-Door Motor Cost?
The garage-door opener is the motor of the system. It's what raises and lowers the door so you don't have to manually open it every time. You can expect to pay about $380 to have a single, 1/2 HP chain-drive garage-door opener installed. A double garage-door opener typically costs around $500, including professional installation.
Labor costs for both types come in around $40 per hour for the installation. If you need electrical updates done to accommodate the opener, the average hourly cost is also about $40.
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Professional Vs. DIY Repair Cost
Handling garage door repairs yourself saves you on the labor part of the repair cost. However, many repairs aren't suitable for homeowners who aren't familiar with all the moving parts. Many of the parts, including the springs and cables, require safety precautions to replace them correctly. The electrical components of the garage-door opener also make it potentially dangerous as a DIY project.
Also, consider how much time it'll take you to complete the job versus a professional. While an inexperienced homeowner might struggle for hours, a door repair company can complete the repairs quickly. Many repairs require more than one person, so you'll need a helper if you do it yourself.
That’s why you should investigate plans from TotalHome Warranty by HomeServe. Once you have it in place, you can stress less knowing that if your garage door needs repair, you will receive help with covered costs. See what plans available from TotalHome Warranty are best for you.
- Inspecting the cables and springs
- Cleaning the rollers and tracks
- Lubricating the rollers
- Tightening hardware
- Testing the auto-reverse feature on your garage door
Tips for Choosing a Repair Company
Choosing a reputable repair company ensures your garage door is repaired quickly and correctly. Use these tips to help find a repair company to suit your needs:
- Check experience. Verify that the company has been in business for several years and has extensive experience in the type of repairs you need.
- Evaluate certifications. Companies can have different certifications and affiliations that can indicate quality. Examples include membership in the International Door Association, being a certified or an authorized dealer for a certain brand or being in local organizations.
- Ask for insurance certificates. Contractors can give you a certificate of insurance to prove that they have liability and worker's compensation insurance.
- Compare costs. Get quotes from multiple companies. Beware of companies that are significantly lower than other quotes as this could indicate inferior work.
- Look at reviews. Read about past performance with online reviews about the company. Look for repeated complaints about the same issues.
- Check services. Verify that the company serves your area and that they do garage door repairs of all types.