Professional garage door repair technicians are available to test or repair a garage door system and fix cosmetic blemishes on garage doors. Common requests include help with jammed or inoperable doors, slow or erratic doors, unusual sounds, dents or scrapes on the door, and general system testing. Pros can work on single-car, double-car and RV-size garage doors. Garage doors are commonly made of steel, aluminum, masonite, vinyl and fiberglass. Most garage doors either have tilt or roll-up operating mechanisms. Several factors affect the average cost of garage door repair including the age of the garage door, the nature of the problem (for example, a broken spring, a garage door opener that isn’t working or a garage door that’s off the track), geographic location and other factors.
Average cost of service calls
Repair company service calls cover general testing, routine maintenance such as fixing a garage door spring, garage door opener troubleshooting and other minor issues. Repair companies often charge a set rate for common garage door problems. For example, Performance Garage Door Service in Anna, Texas, charges $80 for a service call to assess issues. This visit includes the first hour of labor and service as well as testing and inspecting the garage door and opener.
Broken garage door spring repair
The average cost of garage door spring repair depends on the type of springs (typically torsion or extension) and the size and weight of the garage door, which varies if the door is aluminum, steel-backed or another material. Spring repair prices can vary greatly; often professionals prefer see photos or visit the site before giving an estimate. Here are starting prices for a torsion spring or extension spring repair from two different companies:
Everything Garage Doors in Plano, Texas: $99
- Breaks down to approximately $40 for transportation costs, $60 for parts and $80 per hour of labor
Garage door off track
A professional can help when the garage door has come off its track but is not broken and has no parts or hardware damaged. To reset a door on its track, professionals need to take the door down, check whether its cables or rollers are off, and reset the rollers, cables and drums. After confirming that the door track is not damaged, they unwind and rewind springs as necessary. Performance Garage Door Service charges $129.99 in labor for resetting a garage door that’s off track.
Damaged garage door
The average cost for repairing a damaged garage door depends on a variety of factors, including the size of the door, the materials the door is made of, the type of damage (dent, crack, etc.), and whether the garage door can be repaired or must be replaced. A replacement or new garage door typically costs anywhere from $200 to $4,000 depending on the size of the door and the door materials (a wood garage door is cheaper; a steel or other metal garage door is more expensive). Most homeowners can expect a total cost of $800 to $1,200 for a new garage door, including the cost of installation by a technician. One silver lining: If your garage door is more than 10 years old, a new door will be quieter and more energy-efficient and will improve your home’s curb appeal.
Garage door openers
The average cost for repairing a garage door opener also varies. Performance Garage Door Service determines costs by testing the system and inspecting for damage, worn parts and electrical problems. When repairing a garage door opener, providers should check the gear and sprocket, motherboards, sensors, chains, belts, screw drive, trolley, J-arm, wall mounts and brackets. The cost for garage door opener repair is also affected by the brand, size, horsepower and model.
Emergency garage door repair
Many garage door technicians offer 24-hour service for inoperable garage door emergencies. Emergency repair costs tend to be higher for weekends, evenings and holiday service.
Be wary of lowball prices. If a garage door repair cost seems too good to be true, make sure it’s not an unlicensed company using subpar products. Performance Garage Door Service, for example, always uses local or American-made products.
Read the warranty very carefully. Some companies may offer a five-year warranty but still charge for replacement parts. Other companies have warranties that cover replacement parts with no additional cost beyond an $80 service fee to cover the labor of the employee and service on the door. You don’t want to get stuck paying hundreds of dollars for new parts because of a bad warranty.
To get the most accurate quote, always send photos along with your request for a bid. Just saying that your garage door is inoperable, slow or erratic may not give the technician a clear idea of the problem.