If you’re on your way out of your home, and you realize that your garage door won’t open, don’t panic! Unless, of course, you have a very important meeting. In this event you may want to consider a wide range of repairs that could help fix your garage door without having to purchase an entirely new system.

The two main systems which allows your garage door to operate is the door itself, and the garage door opener, which is responsible for the movement and operation of the garage door. So if your garage door isn’t working or fell down and broke everything down to the windows, check out our repair summary below.

Below is a breakdown of cost for the most common garage door repairs as well as a summary of pricing.

Most common garage door repair costs

If you’re looking for a simple breakdown to identify how much your garage door repair may cost, look no further. We know that garage door repairs can sneak up on you and even leave your car stuck in the garage. So here is our general break down of common repairs.

Tilt-up garage door repair generally costs $150 – $200.
A roll-up garage door (with no cabinets or additions blocking the sliding shaft) the average cost is between $200 and $250. If it’s for a 2 door expect a $50 surcharge for the heavier duty parts. Additionally, if the brackets need to be disassembled to remove the springs because the shaft is not capable of engaging the spring on and off, then an additional surcharge $50 would be appropriate as well.

Repairs of an automatic garage door opener often range $50 or less for tension adjustments, regreasing or degreasing, and monitoring.

The last thing to keep in mind is if one torsion spring fails, it would be a good idea to replace both. The main reason to replace both is, if one was weak and failed the other is probably not too far behind. If only one is replaced, then you run the risk of the older one failing and breaking the other and even the door itself.

 

More detailed garage door repair costs

A broken garage door spring

The most common repair for a garage door is a broken torsion spring. This is not because the part is faulty or cheap, but rather, as the door is opened and closed thousands of times the metal fatigues and breaks. During your spring cleaning routine, every homeowner should inspect the garage door springs and lift the door up manually to test the tension system as well. If you notice it is balanced, don’t hear metal screeching, or anything else you’re probably fine.

The repair cost of a garage door spring can be between $50 – $100 depending on the size of the door. Some doors only require a single spring, while the majority require two. If you are factoring in contracted labor, the total cost could be between $200 and $300.

 

Broken garage door cable

The garage door cable is the cord that attaches your door to the motor that raises and lowers it. If during your annual inspection notice that the cable is frayed or detached, you will need to replace it. The cable is the simplest aspect to your garage doors function, but is critically important to prevent the door from slamming shut and breaking nearly every other component including the door itself! The cable alone is relatively cheap (between $20 and $40), but if you are looking to contract the labor out, expect a bill between $150 and $200.

 

Bent garage door track

It could happen to anyone and it’s happened to me, my garage door fell off the tracks. If your garage door has been knocked off the tracks, any operation of it may bend the tracks out of shape. If the tracks are bent, a rubber mallet may be used to bend it back into shape. In most cases a rubber mallet will work. In severe cases, you may want to replace the tracks and have a contractor do that work. If you contract the work expect a bill between $125 to $150 for the tracks and labor.

 

Misaligned safety sensors

The most common call we get is that a garage door doesn’t open or close. Well in 75% of these calls, the problem lies in the sensors. The safety sensors are located at the base of the garage door and are made to detect any material that may be blocking them.  If the sensors have dead batteries or are blocked, replace the batteries or remove the obstruction.

If the batteries work, and nothing is blocking the beam path, make sure that the sensors are aligned and pointing at eachother. The issue may be that they were knocked out of place and not looking at each other. Sensor realignment may cost between $50 and $75 from a contractor. But most homeowners are capable of fixing this problem themselves. Just wiggle the sensors around until the light comes on indicating detection. Then try your door again.  If, after alignment, the door still doesn’t work give us a call.