The cost of repairing a garage door depends on the scope of the damage or the cause for its malfunction. Sometimes, this is obvious, like when a vehicle has been accidentally reversed into the door and it is now bent out of shape. Other times, it’s not as clear cut and requires examination to determine the cause. Do bear in mind that the cost of repairs varies depending on the parts supplier and who does the work (yourself or someone else). Therefore, the costs only provide a rough guide.
In this article, we run through some pertinent details about garage door repairs and the typical costs for them.
Average Garage Door Repair Costs
The average cost for a garage door repair is around $200. There can be extra costs beyond this because the type and extent of the damage vary, as does the repair work involved. Repairs can include a problem with the garage door opener, the cables, springs, sensors, tracks, or the garage door lock. Sometimes, it’s more than one thing that is preventing the door from operating correctly too. Because of these points, there is a wide variance from under $100 to as much as $300 on garage door repair jobs, with some repairs being considerably more expensive.
Replacing Individual Parts
The springs that hold considerable tension should last for many years. However, when the garage door is used 6-8 times a day, the springs may only last 4 years and could malfunction sooner with a weak coiled spring. Similarly, the tracks that guide the door as it’s lifted up and then later released down again must remain evenly set and allow the garage door to move freely. When it’s uneven or it has been partially dislodged, this can throw everything off. Potentially a bad track could cause a door to buckle between track sections, thereby worsening the garage door problem.
It’s possible to have affected parts replaced, fitted, and then tested to ensure everything is operating correctly again. However, sometimes the garage door is so irreparably damaged that a complete replacement is necessary.
Garage Locks are Tricky
If the lock is somehow damaged or has stopped working correctly, a locksmith will need to be called out. The charge for a call-out is typically between $75 and $100 depending on the location and level of urgency. Garage locks vary widely in price depending on their sophistication, and the brand too. They start at around $90 but can be as much as $350 based on how secure you wish your garage to be. It’s not something to try to shave costs on either because the home’s security depends on it.
Garage Door Replacement Cost
When the entire garage door system needs to be replaced including the panel, tracks, springs, sensors, and so on, then it’s a much larger job.
For the garage door replacement cost, you’re often looking at between $850 to $1,500 as a rough estimate. This depends on the quality of the parts, how difficult a replacement it will be, and other variables. The old garage door and associated parts need to be removed first too, which requires additional time. Therefore, it’s a task that may require several days and is best completed with a team rather than someone working solo.
Garage door repairs range in price, but bank on it being a few hundred dollars. Major damage can cause a door panel to buckle, a track to get messed up on one side, and the cables to snap. Minor damage is less severe where perhaps only a single part needs replacing and refitting. However, you often won’t know the extent of it until someone takes a look at the garage door.