This is an excellent question and one we hear often!
Garage Door Openers (also called Operators):
The major tipping point between repairs vs. replacement with regards to your operator is age. The average life expectancy of an operator is between 7-15 years. At this point you’re probably saying “Wow, that’s a huge span! Why the range?”
Age of an operator (and most garage door parts) are discussed not in years, but in cycles. A cycle is every time the operator (or overhead door) goes up then down. If you’re a family that uses their overhead door 10 times in a day, your door will complete more cycles than a person that uses their door 2-3 times in a day. Therefore, your overhead door and operator will last only as long as the number of cycles it completes.
The next contributor is the costliness of the repair. A professional operator repair technician should consult with the homeowner on the difference between repairs vs. replacement costs. A reliable garage door company should offer options and information allowing you to make the most informed decision.
You should also consider the depth of the repair. Meaning, is it simply one part, such as a gear or gear and sprocket? Or are there multiple parts, such as a logic board (or a circuit board) and safety eye sensors? Is it simply an operator in need of adjustment and tune-up? Or are their multiple failures in the unit?
Another factor to consider are the technology needs of the homeowner. Has the previous unit’s technology been outpaced by the needs of the household? Does the homeowner need to control their operator via their smartphone? Are the current transmitters and keyless entry sufficient to meet the homeowner’s needs? Are there living quarters above the garage that may require a quieter garage door operator? Has the current operator performed reliably up to this point?
As you can see, there are many questions that factor into the decision to repair vs. replacing the current overhead door operating system. That’s why it’s important to build a relationship with an overhead door repair company you can trust. Repairs and equipment failure never occur at an opportune time. That’s why it’s important to have reliable resources available at your disposal.
We are the largest family owned and operated overhead garage door and operator repair company serving the greater Dane County Area for over 15 years. Call now, we’re always happy to answer any questions you may have.