Garage Door Repairs
Repairing a garage door often comes at the worst time. A broken garage door can be noisy, annoying, and sometimes not functioning entirely!
Luckily, Entry Systems has a team of professional service technicians who provide professional and timely garage repair services.
With over 50 years of servicing South Orange County, we're not surprised by any garage door problem and specialize in repair and replacement.
Our services include new door installations, new garage door installations, garage door section replacement, broken spring replacement, sensor adjustments, and cable installations.
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How much should it cost to repair a garage door?
The cost of repairing a garage door should not exceed 70% of a new garage door price. Otherwise, you may want to consider replacing it.
An ethical garage door company will give you an option to replace instead of putting a lot of money into an existing door.
But unethical companies will sell you repairs equivalent to the price of new garage doors or even exceed that!
Is this an issue with the garage door opener or the garage door itself?
Repairs related to the garage door opener are often minor repairs that will be the cheapest (small parts plus some labor). Small mechanical parts do not usually exceed $50. Electronic components can be anywhere from $50-$200. Circuit boards are costly.
Garage door openers that are older than ten years have many mechanical parts that are reasonably inexpensive. As garage doors have turned more into computers, they have very few elements in the motorhead itself. It is primarily a circuit board and a DC motor, and those components are costly.
Suppose your circuit board is broken or fried. In that case, it may be worth it financially to just replace the whole system because of ordering a new board and the cost of replacement labor.
Garage Door Opener Repair Costs
If your repair is extensive and multiple parts need to be replaced, it can be more expensive, especially if more time is needed.
For example, replacing the entire garage door opener unit is costly because of materials costs and extended labor to take down and put in the new garage door opener.
On the other hand, suppose you only need a new remote, keypad, or programming to your car, a simple adjustment, or maintenance. In that case, the cost of this type of service will be the least expensive.
But if your garage door is not working and someone needs to come out and diagnose it, you will need to pay for that time.
Entry Systems' technicians carry standard parts on their trucks. If it is a special order, there will be an extra charge for a return visit and the uncommon part, plus the regular labor charge.
You may save money regarding additional costs, but you may draw the job out longer as you wait for special order equipment to arrive.
Although replacing the garage door opener is the most expensive option, it also is the quickest turnaround.
Should I call the manufacturer's tech support line if my garage door opener is not working?
If your garage door opener was installed within the last five years, we recommend first calling the company that installed it to see if there is any warranty from the manufacturer.
Entry Systems offers a one-year labor warranty. Anything we do under a manufacturer's warranty outside this time will result in a labor charge.
If you are handy or you want to simplify the process, you can go directly to the manufacturer, and they will ship parts directly to you.
Manufacturer customer service agents will help you troubleshoot your issue and provide professional technical support over the phone. This is helpful if you can avoid paying a company to come out and diagnose for you.
We often have customers who call, already knowing the issue with their garage door opener, received the parts in the mail, and just need those to be installed. This is a less expensive route, but there is always a chance that the representative will misdiagnose the issue over the phone. This can result in the garage door issue continuing longer and the customer spending more time on the problem.
Often customers will call us first to have the issue taken care of fast. The brand Liftmaster now has a dealer sticker option in their MyQ app. See the below video to learn how to add this feature to your garage door opener. This option makes it possible for you to put in Entry Systems' code and have a health report sent directly to us. The error code is shared with us as soon as it occurs and we will contact you as quickly as possible.
This simple step removes a lot of time and research trying to figure out who the manufacturer of their garage door opener is and what model it is. It is also challenging sometimes to remember the contact information for their garage door repair company.
Liftmaster Tech Support: 1-800-528-5880
Genie Tech Support: 1-800-354-3643
Garage Door Repair Costs
The cost of repairing your garage door depends on what the issue is.
For example, suppose the garage door is missing the weatherstripping on the bottom and sides.
In that case, it will cost you a couple of hundred dollars to replace, including labor and parts.
If your garage door has broken hinges, you will just pay the minimum repair charge plus the cost of the hinges.
It can cost a few hundred dollars to replace the cables on your garage door if they are damaged or frayed. The deciding factor will be what position the door is in when we arrive. It is more labor-intensive to work on a door stuck open than when it is stuck shut.
When your springs break, it can cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a couple thousand to replace them. The determining factor is the size and quantity of the springs, determined by the size and weight of your garage door.
Suppose the garage door sections begin to crack or someone hits a section with their car. It is possible to replace a section if the garage door manufacturer is still in business and the model is still available.
Garage door sections can range from five hundred to a couple of thousand dollars. This can still be cheaper than replacing a whole garage door which could cost several thousand dollars.
If your garage door rollers break, they can be replaced for a few hundred dollars depending on the roller type and how many you have.
If your garage door is stuck shut, the repair cost can be several hundred dollars, depending on what broke.
When your garage door is stuck open, it can be a costly repair. The price depends on the type of garage door you have, its current condition, how it is hanging or stuck, what fell or broke on the door, or whether there is a car stuck in the garage.
The number of technicians needed to work safely may also affect the price.
My garage door won't close. What should I do?
If your garage door won't close, the first thing to do is look for flashing lights from inside the garage door opener motor or on the safety sensors.
Usually, there is something wrong with the safety sensors. For example, is something in the way of your door closing, blocking the safety beam, photo, or electric eyes?
Did you accidentally bump the sensors with your trash can or something while walking outside? Have rodents or pets chewed through the wires of the sensors?
Many brands, such as Liftmaster, will have lights that flash and indicate that something is blocking the sensors. In addition, the sensors or photo eyes themselves have indicators that signal that they are blocked or misaligned.
There can also be something wrong with the garage door springs or cables, resulting in the garage door being stuck and won't free up. Mechanical reasons can cause a garage door to become stuck in an open position.
Still, most of the time, it has something to do with electronics, and that something is blocking the beam, and the garage door does not want to close on something.
My garage door won't open! What should I do?
If your garage door does not move, first check to ensure that your garage door opener has power.
In that case, the door won't move, and there would be no sounds coming from the motor. This also may mean that your garage door opener is not receiving a signal from your remote or the wall button.
Check that there is power at the garage door opener's outlet.
Try the remote or the button on the wall to see if the opener attempts to run.
Check and see if the sensors in the opening of the garage door light up.
If they are not lighting up, then this is a power issue. Suppose everything is lit up, press a button, and the motor still does not work.
That means that the circuit board is probably fried because of a power outage, and maybe the surge blew the circuit board or the transformer.
It could also be a blown capacitor which means you might hear a clicking sound which means it is trying to trigger, but it doesn't have a starter to start it up.
If there is power and the motor tries to open the door, you push the button. It goes up a couple of inches or a foot, or it is jammed, indicating resistance.
Has your slide lock been accidentally engaged, and the motor pulls against that lock? In that case, you can undo the lock and free it.
There is also an autolock on some models which stays permanently latched if they malfunction or fail. Again, you can just unlatch this.
However, broken springs is the most common issue.
The garage door's weight has increased and the motor senses that it has to exert more force than it is used to or can lift. If the garage door already had some issues besides the springs and is rubbing or jammed, the motor might have the same result: it is trying to pull the door open with the arm, and it is wedged.
This can result in the motor feeling like it exerts too much force. To eliminate this, you can disengage the motor with the door shut, pull the motor's cord, and try to move the door by hand.
Remember: you never want to disengage the motor from the door when it is open because that is a safety issue. But with the door shut, you can pull the cord, disengage the motor and attempt to lift it.
If you can lift it with no or minimal effort, this means that there is nothing wrong with the door.
However, suppose you cannot move it because of the weight, or it is challenging and takes multiple people. That is a serious issue and is either a broken spring or a spring about to break.
There is always a chance that the motor senses resistance that is not there because it needs maintenance.
This is very common with screw drive motors, mainly when they lose their grease during the hot Orange County summer and the grease freezes during the winter.
This process often results in insufficient grease for the long screw to turn when operating, giving the motor a false sense of resistance due to weight or struggle.
How much does it cost to replace a spring on a garage door?
Most companies charge a flat rate for garage door spring replacement. This includes labor, tax, and materials.
As an attempt for Entry Systems to be more transparent, we sell garage door springs at our current labor rate plus parts.
The price of replacing broken springs ranges depending on the size and weight of the door and the number of springs needed.
To give you a base price average, springs for a small door could cost a couple of hundred dollars to larger custom wood garage door springs cost a couple thousand.
How much does it cost to fix cables on the garage door?
Replacing cables on a steel garage door is always cheaper than replacing wood garage door cables.
Steel garage door cables simply hook, but you have to remove the bottom bracket to replace the cable with wood garage door cables.
Hence, it usually requires at least an extra hour of labor. The process involves first removing the tension and then removing the cables.
This results in a few hundred-dollar repair visit. In addition, a custom overhead door that is heavier or taller than a standard garage door is more expensive to fix.
This is because there are different lengths and gauges or thicknesses of cables. The cables you need depend on the height of the door and the weight.
What garage door repairs are most common?
The most common garage door repairs are the replacement of garage door openers and garage door components. We service and repair all garage doors and garage door openers. We are authorized dealers for both Genie and Liftmaster garage door opener products.
A quick list of common repairs include :
- garage door torsion springs
- one piece garage door spring replacements
- new garage door openers
- battery backup replacements
- screwdrive rack replacements
- coupler replacements
- chain and belt replacements
- trolley replacements
- electric eye replacements
- Liftmaster capacitors
- wall buttons
- light sockets
- limit switches
- battery replacements for garage door remotes and keypads
- the addition of an ORB bracket to a damaged door top section
- add a strut to a damaged cracked or bowing section
- bottom door brackets
- top door brackets
- bearing plates for spring changes
- vault releases
- key switches
- slide locks
- replacing or adding doorstop or weatherstripping
- replacing the bottom of the garage door retainer
- maintenance and lubrication of the garage door and the garage door opener
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