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Some garage door issues are easily fixed by the owner, while others must get remedied by professional garage door repair personnel. The trick is knowing the difference.
Making minor repairs and doing some maintenance can save you money. However, knowing what is out of your realm of know-how could save you and others from injury.
When you need to call a professional to complete repairs, how much should you spend? The average charge for garage door repair is $250. However, that depends on what needs to get done, the cost of repair parts, and how long it will take to complete. The typical range is $100 to $400.
Besides the price, there are other considerations, such as how old the door is. A garage door is usually suitable for 10 – 15 years. Does it make sense to spend $300 or $400 to repair an old door or garage door opener?
While deciding if you should replace rather than repair, the average price for a new door is $800. That will depend on the door you choose, of course. Consult our garage door cost guide to help inform your decision if you’re considering a replacement.
The Most Common Garage Door Malfunctions
There are generally five issues which could lead to different malfunctions of your garage door.
Does Not Open or Close
There are several reasons your garage door will not open or close. The first thing you should check is the batteries in the remote. Then, check the circuit breaker.
If turning it off and on does not clear the problem, listen to the garage door opener. If it sounds like it is trying to work, the problem is probably with the opener or the opener wiring. It could also be a broken drive belt or chain. You should call a garage door repair technician.
When the problem is the garage door opener, expect to pay about $150. However, if the opener needs to be replaced, the average cost is $300 – $500. Learn more about the cost of replacing a garage door opener.
It’s Off the Track
Many garage doors, mainly classic wood and steel doors, have substantial weight. The continuous opening and closing of the door without adding lubricants will wear down the track.
Additionally, things caught in the channel or a rough bump can dent the track or push the roller out of the track. Repairs to the tracks average $125 – $350.
It Only Closes Partially
This problem is usually related to photo-eye sensors. The sensors are there to keep the door from closing when someone or something is within the sensor’s beam.
It could be as simple as an obstruction over one of the “eyes” or something in the track. Fixing problems with the sensor is usually $85 to $150.
Cable or Spring Problems
Spring repair usually costs $100 – $300, depending on if yours are extension or torsion springs. Tension springs are generally cheaper to repair or replace; $50 to $100.
Cable repair or replacement will typically run $100 to $200. It is not wise to try to repair springs or cables yourself, as there is a lot of tension holding these in place. Damaged springs and cables could allow the door to fall unexpectedly.
Door Makes Noise When Opening & Closing
When a garage door makes noise opening and closing, it could be that it needs more lubricant. Also, the cause of your noisy door could be a defective opening drive, the chain, belt, or screw. The drive belt, in particular, can be very loud.
Material Specific Issues
The material used to manufacture your door could require specific repairs. Wood doors are more susceptible to weather conditions, while metal doors are more likely to dent. Fiberglass and vinyl are more durable doors that are rarely affected by the weather.
Garage doors might need to have a glass pane replaced. You will likely pay more for labor than the glass, expect to pay between $50 and $100 for the service call and $25 more for the glass pane, depending on its size.
Usually, wood doors crack from the changes in heat and humidity. Using a waterproof sealer or wood filler will help; then another coat of paint or varnish to cover and protect the wood might be all that is needed. DIY or expect to pay a professional $150 to $200 for this service.
The most frequent issue with metal doors is dings and dents. One of your children bangs into the door with their bike, or you back up into it. You can usually pull dents out of the door with a plunger.
Scratches or spots of rust should get sanded and a new coat of paint to prevent rust. If you’re not comfortable doing this, a professional will typically charge about $75 to $100.
Fiberglass or Vinyl Doors
Vinyl and fiberglass doors usually pop right back into place after a bump. These doors are durable and inexpensive to fix when there is a problem. Expect to pay around $150 for repairs to these doors.
DIY vs. Professional Repairs & Maintenance
You should have a professional garage door mechanic do annual maintenance on your door if you do not have the time or know-how. That maintenance should include a thorough inspection, tighten and lubricate the moving parts, replace weather stripping and rollers if worn, and check the auto-reverse mechanism.
Preventative maintenance usually costs $100 to $125 and takes about an hour to complete. However, getting regular maintenance can prevent expensive repairs.
If you have a trusted garage door professional, you should call them for service and repairs. However, if you need a few convenient, no-obligation home repair estimates, use our garage door technician locator.
All pricing information on this page is based on average industry costs, and is subject to variance for project-specific materials, labor rates, and requirements.