You probably use your garage door every day, so naturally the operator you use to open and close the door will be under a lot of stress. You want it to last as long as possible. While it can’t last forever, there are steps you can take to get the most out of your garage door opener as well as the entire system. Here are some tips on how to increase the lifespan of your garage door operator. 

Life Span

Each unit will vary by make and model, but you can usually expect your garage door operator to last about 10 years before you have to replace it. Other elements of your garage door system will deteriorate and need replacement as well, but at different intervals. The garage door itself can last up to 30 years with the right maintenance. Torsion springs will last between five and 10 years.

In general, the better care you give to the components of your garage door system, the longer it will last. Here’s what you can do:

Be Observant

Pay close attention whenever you open or close the garage door. There will likely be signs of potential problems well before your system actually malfunctions. For example, be on the lookout for loud noises like screeching, thumping or clunking: this could mean the system is off- balance or that the operator is working much harder than it should to operate the door.

Maintain Your System

Regular maintenance is critical in ensuring your system works properly. When all of the mechanisms of your system work harmoniously together, your operator will be able to function at top efficiency. When you reduce the amount of wear and tear on your operator, you are doing your part to minimize repair costs and extend the life of the unit.

Lubricate the Parts

Friction is not a friend of your garage door system and its operator. One way you can cut down on the amount of friction your system experiences is to lubricate all moving parts on a regular basis. The lubricant allows all pieces to move smoothly and seamlessly together, thereby reducing the work the operator must perform to open and close the door. 

When is Replacement Needed?

Eventually, there will come a time when you will need to replace the operator. Here are some signs it’s time to install a new motor:

  • Loud noises
  • Sporadic operation
  • Failure to open or close properly or at all
  • Outdated model
  • Older than 10 years
  • Slow cycling

Contact M&M Garage Doors

When it comes time to replace your garage door operator, call the professionals at M&M Garage Doors at 586-610-5434.