How Long do Garage Door Openers Last?

How Long does a garage door opener last

A garage door opener is a motorized piece of machinery that opens and closes your garage door. Typically affixed to the ceiling of your garage, this fairly simple mechanism tends to last a long time. Let’s take a closer look at just how long garage door openers last, when is a good time to replace them, and if you are overdue to upgrade your garage door opener. 

How Long do Garage Door Openers Last?

The lifespan of a garage door opener is about 10-15 years, but there is a possibility that you can extend the life of your garage door opener by another 5-7 years if you remember to conduct routine maintenance. Even if your opener is in tip-top shape it is recommended that you regularly schedule a 25-point safety inspection on your garage door. The garage door inspection includes… 

  • A visual inspection
  • Check door balance
  • Garage door opener inspection
  • Adjusting garage door springs and cables 
  • Lubricating moving parts 
  • Reversal test
  • Tightening all hardware
  • Tracks and hinges 
  • Inspecting the safety sensors and automatic opener gears
  • Troubleshooting any other issues you may be experiencing

Another option you may want to consider is upgrading your garage door opener. While your opener may be working just fine, newer models come with features that may not be present with your current garage door opener. Here are some of the features that interest you in case it was time to replace your garage door opener or were interested in an upgrade. 

A Garage Door Opener Upgrade?

Automatic Reversal

Since the early 90s, garage door openers have been required to be retrofitted with a safety reversal feature that uses two sensors on both sides of the garage door. This life-saving feature ensures that any object passing under the garage door while it is closing will trigger the sensors and it will reverse course. This is ideal if you have young children or pets. 

Enhanced Security

New garage door openers are impervious to thieves or at least make it harder for them to break into your home through your garage. Newer models of garage door openers now offer “rolling codes.” Meaning every time you use the opener your entry code changes automatically, making it more difficult for would-be thieves to crack the security code. 

Battery Backup

You can’t get into your garage this morning? You’re not alone. The loss of power from an outage often makes it impossible to operate our automatic door openers, which are now available with backup battery systems that will work automatically when the grid goes down!

Smart-Home Ready

In today’s high-tech world, it is not uncommon for people to have remote access to their homes. The latest generation of garage door openers offers wifi and cell phone connectivity that allows you the convenience of being able to lock or unlock your garage door without ever having been physically present!

Contact Precision Door Service of Las Vegas

When in doubt, call the professionals at Precision Garage Door Las Vegas. Don’t get trapped in your garage or in a situation where you’re unable to open and close your garage door. We can send a technician out immediately to repair or replace your broken garage door springs. Our technicians are trained to handle all kinds of garage door, opener, and sensor issues and fix the problem. Call 702-637-2700 for same-day service.