The ups and downs of keeping garage door maintenance on track

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Check on garage doors every year as part of annual maintenance

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Cindy Stephen  •  for the Calgary Herald Keep your garage door running smoothly with regular checks and maintenance. Photo by David Papazian /Getty Images/iStockphoto

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The day you realize you’ve neglected your overhead garage door is the day it refuses to open, with your car trapped inside.

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It’s easy to ignore the warning signs, like shaking, squealing and random hesitation, because you only notice when you’re driving in or backing out, usually in a rush.

Adding the garage door to the annual home maintenance check list can save frustration and keep it operating safely, too.

Older doors can fall off the tracks or become unbalanced. Excessive noise is an indicator of an aging motor. Typical garage doors have a 15- to 30-year lifespan, so replacement of garage door of that vintage may be more feasible than repairing it.

Whether street or lane-facing, today’s garage doors are more attractive and durable, available in wood, wood composites, steel, vinyl and fibreglass. They come in a variety of R-values, depending on the level of insulation required. Most significantly, the technology behind modern garage door openers makes them more safe and secure than ever before.

In 1993, safety sensors became an industry standard, preventing doors from closing on anything obstructing its path. Since…

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Common garage door repair related FAQ

How long does it take to replace a garage door?

Roughly 3 to 4 hours, if done properly.

How often should my a garage door be serviced?

Your garage door is a large piece of moving equipment made up of many parts. Some families use their garage door more than their front door. We recommend having your garage door and operator serviced every year in order to ensure a properly working door and operator. The noises your door or operator makes are your initial “warning signs” that something is not quite right. The longer you put off the necessary service, the more damage may result.

How long do garage door springs usually last?

The most common torsion springs have an expected life of about 10,000 cycles (one opening and one closing is a cycle.)

What is the life span of a garage door opener?

The average life span of a door opener can vary from 10 to 20 years depending on the model and usage.

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