How Long Do Garage Door Openers Last?

The garage door opener (the motorized device that controls the door’s operation) is one of the most important parts of your garage door. If you’re on the market for a new garage door (and opener), you’re probably wondering how long it is going to last. This is an important question!

So, how long can you expect your garage door opener to last?

Average Lifespan of Garage Door Openers

On average, a garage door opener should last about 10 – 15 years. This isn’t to say your operator won’t last longer than this. Remember—it’s an average. Some openers last longer and some last a shorter amount of time, but keeping up with maintenance can help increase the lifespan. If moving parts aren’t lubricated, the door isn’t balanced correctly, etc., the opener tends to wear out much more quickly.

Schedule Maintenance Service to Ensure a Longer Operator Lifespan

Your professional garage door maintenance service should include:

  • Visual inspection of the springs, rollers, cables, track and pulleys (for signs of wear and tear)
  • Lubrication of moving parts to ensure smooth operation
  • Door balance
  • Reversal test
  • Force setting test
  • Additional safety devices

Annual maintenance is a good minimum for ensuring your garage door and opener last as long as possible, but it can be helpful to have professionals inspect and repair your door more often, especially when the winter ends and after severe storms.

If your garage door opener is older than 10 or 15 years and has never had a major problem, it’s still a good idea to start thinking about replacement. After all, modern openers tend to be:

  • Safer
  • Quieter
  • More convenient

Garage Door Opener Service in Indianapolis, IN

If you need garage door opener service for your home (or commercial building) in central Indiana, Overhead Door Co. of Indianapolis & Muncie can help. We have experience working with all types of operators and can help you with maintenance, repair and replacement. We even have an online store with remote controls and other garage door parts!

Contact us to learn more about our services or if you need garage door service.