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How Long Do Garage Door Openers Last?

How Long Do Garage Door Openers Last?

While many people don’t think about replacing their garage door opener until it no longer functions, there are actually quite a few reasons why you might want to replace it prior to its inoperation. Before we take a look at reasons you may want to replace your garage door opener, let’s step back with an estimate of how long openers typically last.

For context, when we say “garage door opener” we’re actually referring to the machinery that opens and closes your garage door; they’re typically installed on the ceiling of your garage. While most garage door openers will last anywhere from 10-15 years, unless you know exactly when your garage door opener was installed, it could break anytime.

The best way to prolong the life of your garage door opener is with professional maintenance like inspections, lubrication, door balancing, and reversal tests. With regular maintenance, your garage door experts will also be able to tell you if your opener is experiencing issues that could lead to inoperation; they can also share other reasons you may benefit from a new garage opener.

Why Should You Replace Your Garage Door Opener?

Besides inoperation, there are quite a few other reasons you may want to replace your garage door opener.

Garage Door Safety

Depending on the age of your garage door opener, it may not have the sensors or other protection devices that newer garage door openers come with standard. If your garage door opener is from 1990 or earlier, it will not have these invaluable safety features.

Reduce Noise

Besides inoperation, most homeowners would find that excessive noise is the most annoying part of their garage door opener. New models are almost always going to be quieter, which can come in handy if your home has bedrooms or an office in close proximity to the garage.

Backup Power

Many older garage door openers rely solely on electricity and while most of the time this is fine, in the case of an electric outage, you will be out of luck. Newer models on the other hand have battery backups that you can rely on in the case of an emergency.

Whether it’s time to replace your garage door opener, or if you want to stay on top of opener maintenance to prolong the life of your garage door opener, give our team of experts at Andrews Overhead Doors a call today! We will be able to provide recommendations for the best garage door opener solutions for your unique situation.


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  • Eileen Benson
    December 16, 2019, 4:29 pm REPLY

    It made sense when you said that a new garage door opener will help reduce noise, which will be especially beneficial if it’s nearby a bedroom or office in our home. When my husband had to leave early for work yesterday, the loud sound of the garage door opening woke me up. Thanks for sharing this article and helping me see why getting a new garage door opener would be beneficial!

  • David Norriss
    January 15, 2020, 7:49 pm REPLY

    I like how you suggested that people get a garage door opener that can rely on battery power in the case of a power outage. This could help get into or out of their house in an emergency and the power is out. I think I’ll try and get a garage door opener like this to keep my family safe just in case.

  • Fay
    January 16, 2020, 5:19 pm REPLY

    Thank you so much for explaining how if your garage door was installed before 1990, your opener might not have the right safety measures. My husband and I are remodeling a house that we bought in order to sell it once it is finished, and we noticed the garage doors are completely broken, so we need someone that can install a new one. One of the neighbors told us that the best option would be to search the Internet for services that could help us install a new door, so that is what we are doing.

  • Taylor Wright
    January 20, 2020, 9:39 pm REPLY

    It’s interesting that garage door openers last around 10 years. I am in need of a new garage door opener since my current one is dead. I’ll have to call a professional tomorrow to get it looked at and order a new one.

  • Bryson Owens
    January 29, 2020, 6:56 pm REPLY

    I appreciate you explaining that if the door is newer than 1990, it should have the safety features. My house is around that age so I am a little worried that we don’t have that technology. My wife and I need to find a new garage door anyway though because our current one just broke.


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