How Much Does Garage Door Repair Cost?
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If you have a garage door that is malfunctioning or not working at all, you may be in need of a repair. While the repair can be pricey, it will usually be less expensive than replacing the garage door altogether. With regular maintenance and quality parts, a garage door can last 20 or more years. However, cheaper garage doors or those built with lower quality parts may only last five years before needing to be repaired or replaced.
How much is it?
- The price or repair will vary depending on the type of repair your garage door needs. Regardless of the job, most garage door repair professionals will charge anywhere from $65 to $100 per hour and will have a minimum service fee that starts at $50, but most companies may charge a flat rate since most repairs are standard. The average repair can cost between $150 to $350. Refer to our table below to see what others are paying.
- 1st Response Garage Doors, a garage door repair company located in Florida, charges a $50 service fee.
- HomeAdvisor.com notes the average garage door repair will be $148 to $323.
|Type of Garage Door Repair||Cost Range|
|Broken Door Spring||$150 to $300|
|Broken Glass in Window||$75 to $150|
|Broken Garage Door Cable||$125 to $225|
|Broken Garage Door Track||$125 to $200|
|Circuit Board||$85 to $150|
|Cracked Panel||$250 to $450|
|Dings, Dents and Bents||$75 to $150 for less than three dents.|
|Door Pulley||$90 to $150|
|Garage Door Cable Repair||$85 to $150|
|Garage Drops Fast/Bounces||$150 to $250|
|Gear Change||$55 to $85|
|Grinding Noise||$100 to $150|
|Hinge Replacement||$120 to $170 for a single hinge|
|Misalign Safety Sensor||$75 to $125|
|Sensor Obstruction||$125 to $175|
|Torsion Spring Garage Door Repair||$150 to $200|
What is going to be included?
- Some of the most common repairs include a broken garage door spring, door cable, garage door track and misalignment. One of the most common repairs is a broken garage spring. After a few thousand opening, the metal in the spring will snap and the door won’t be able to open properly. A garage spring is designed to last 10 to 15 years. A broken garage door track can bend out of shape, and this can often happen if something were to knock into the track or if some debris is causing it to “jump.” While some simple repairs can be done with a mallet, a professional may be needed to get the track in working order. Misalignment, another common problem is when the door won’t close and the opener isn’t the culprit. Misalignment is often caused by the sensors, and if they are misaligned, the door won’t close unless you force it by holding the garage door opener button down.
The Door Won’t Close or Open
- First, check your sensors to see if there’s anything in the way. If these sensors are blocked, the door won’t work. Usually, if this is the case, the garage door lights will blink.
- Next, if the sensors are free of any obstructions, you will want to check your garage door opener. If you have a smaller light button on your opener, click it to see what happens. If it lights up, the garage door has power coming to it, but if it doesn’t, the battery may need to be replaced.
- Lastly, try to close the garage door by hand. If the garage has trouble going up and down because of its tracks, there could be some damage or debris in the way. Get a ladder if you’re able to and inspect the tracks closely. If you see any damage or they are hanging unevenly, the tracks will have to be repaired or replaced.
Movement is uneven
- If the door is moving unevenly, there’s a good chance the garage torsion springs are going bad. When these springs start to lose tension, the garage won’t be able to open and shut properly.
- Another reason the movement is uneven may be due to the tracks again. Dent or dinged tracks can cause the garage door to shut in an odd way or it won’t close and/or open at all.
It makes loud noises
- Most of the time, loud noises will be caused to the lack of lubricant in the tracks. This is often a simple repair and will only take a few sprays of lubricant in the tracks to keep the sounds at a minimum.
What are the extra costs?
- Depending on your garage door style, some repairs may be hard than others. For example, a custom-made solid wood door will cost more than a standard metal door. Usually, sectional and carriage doors will cost more than the traditional garage doors.
- The material being used on the garage door can affect the costs as well. While most doors will be made from a metal, some may be made from wood, steel, fiberglass or aluminum.
- An emergency garage door repair, which is often done outside of normal business hours or on holidays, can cost two to three times the quotes mentioned above.
Tips to know
- To know if you need your springs replaced before they break, disconnect the springs and lift the door manually. If the garage feels balanced and you don’t hear any noise, then you won’t need any springs. However, if you hear some metal screeching or something is breaking, then you may need the repair.
- Dadislearning.com says if a company offers you a lifetime spring or lifetime warranty, it’s a scam. When these garage door companies offer you a lifetime warranty, it’s often on the spring only and won’t include other parts. An installation and service fee may apply as well.
- Try to stick with a repair company that has a local area code. Many repair companies may work on a referral system, and when you call a toll-free number, it will connect you to a national call center. When going this route, you won’t know who you’re getting because the call center will give the job to the lowest bidder, who in turn, will come to you and charge you more than a local reputable shop.
How can I save money?
- For those who want multiple quotes but don’t want to call, consider getting multiple quotes delivered to your email inbox for free at HomeAdvisor.com.
- Many garage door repair services will offer coupons for first time and existing coupons. Either look in your local coupon books that come in the mail or consider going to the official website to see if any offers exist.
- Try to research your repair ahead of time, and if you’re able to pinpoint the issue, this is a great way to get a ballpark estimate over the phone. If you don’t know the root of the problem, you will have to pay a service fee just to get the company out there to inspect it.