You use your garage door every day, so it makes sense that you’d want the operator to last as long as possible. While you can’t extend its life forever, you can take practical steps to get the most out of your garage door opener and system. Here’s how to increase the lifespan of your garage door operator.

How long do garage door operators last?

Each unit varies, but typically, you can expect your garage door operator to last around 10 years. Other elements of your garage door system will deteriorate and need replacement at different intervals. For example, garage doors themselves can last 30 years or more while torsion springs have a lifespan between 6 and 10 years. With any of these components, the level of care and maintenance you provide will impact, either positively or negatively, how long they last.

What can I do to extend the life of my garage door operator?

As with just about anything, the better you care for your operator, the longer it will last. Here are a few key ways you can help extend the life of your garage door operator.

Be observant.

You probably open your garage door every day, often multiple times a day. Pay attention whenever you open or close your garage door. Signs of potential problems will often reveal themselves before your system malfunctions. This is particularly helpful in extending the life of your operator. Loud noises like screeching, clunking, or thumping are an indication that something in the system is off-kilter and that the operator is having to work harder to open or close the door. When you recognize a potential issue, contact your local garage door professional and have them inspect and repair your system promptly.

Maintain your system.

Regular maintenance ensures that your system is working properly. When all of the mechanisms of your garage door system are working together, your operator can function at optimal efficiency. Reducing the amount of wear and tear on your operator will help to minimize repair costs and extend your unit’s life.

Lubricate the parts.

Friction is a major enemy of your garage door system and its operator. One way to decrease the amount of friction your system experiences is by lubricating all moving parts. The lubricant will allow pieces to move smoothly, reducing the work your operator must do to open and close your door.

How can I tell if it’s time to replace my garage door operator?

Eventually, you will need to replace your system’s operator. In an ideal situation, you’ll be able to replace your opener before it completely stops working. Here are a few signs that it’s time to install a new motor:

  • Loud or excessive noises
  • Slow cycling
  • Sporadic operating
  • Failure to open or close
  • Outdated model
  • More than 10 years old

If it’s time to replace your garage door operator, call the experts at WD Door in Iowa. Our team of garage door professionals can help you find the operator best suited for your home. From minor repairs to total replacements, we’ve got you covered! Contact us to learn more about our garage door services.