Garage doors are constructed to last for a long period of time, but their lifespan depends on the frequency and quality of maintenance along with external conditions. Even if it lasts for many years, the moving parts eventually wear out and some other parts will need to be replaced. At some point the following components will most likely need to be repaired or replaced during the lifespan of your garage door.
Springs: Garage door springs are responsible for helping the door open and close. The average life expectancy of a garage door spring is around 10,000 open and close cycles which in most garages averages out to be seven to nine years. A few problems can occur if the springs are damaged, one being the door opening automatically or falling. Replacing a garage door spring can be dangerous and should be left to the professionals to deal with.
Photo Eye Sensors: Photo eye sensors, also called electric eyes are about six inches off the ground and fixed on either side of the garage door. These sensors ensure that the garage door stops and reverses direction if an object comes into its path while the garage door is closing. Well maintained sensors can last for many years by keeping them clear of debris and tightening the screws.
Hinges: Most garage doors have hinges that hold the panels and keep them together. Hinges ensure the doors roll-up while opening and are a vital part of the structural assembly of the garage door. They often wear or become damaged because of improper maintenance or a harsh impact. It’s best to hire a professional to replace the hinges properly.
Garage Door Openers: Automatic garage door openers are motorized devices that allow you to open and close the garage door. The average lifespan of a garage door opener is around 10 to 15 years. Proper care and attention can keep your garage door openers functioning for a long time. If you have problems such as the garage door closing, opening slowly, or stopping midway contact a professional to come and service it.
Tracks: Garage door tracks are found on either side of the garage door and above the door. The tracks help guide the door when opening and closing. If your garage door opens slowly or roughly, the tracks could be slightly bent. Bending tends to happen from wear and tear and may need to be replaced.