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.

Garage Door Window Replacement

Repairing the window to your garage door could be a piece of cake or could potentially be an absolute nightmare depending on your approach. It also depends on the type of door that you have and the way the window is installed. The easiest type of garage door window to replace is that found in wooden doors. This is because the window is held in place by a piece of molding.

Getting Rid of the Broken Window

• Pry out the molding being careful not to break it. Also take care not to cut yourself with the broken glass.

• Remove any sealant or caulk by scraping it.

• Then you simply place the new piece of glass/Plexiglas that was cut to the size of the frame prior to the operation.

• Use caulk to seal the new piece of glass in.

• Reinstall the molding by using small nails. Be gentle when hammering in the nails and avoid hitting the new piece of glass.

Metal or Wooden Doors

Metal doors could prove to be not as simple to replace as the wooden doors are.
• First examine the inside of the frame. Check for screws that are used to hold the frame in place

• If there are screws you need to eliminate them and you need assistance. One person should be on the inside removing the screws while another is on the outside holding the frame in place. Remove the screws and the inner window frame.

• Pry the rubber seal loose by using a knife and then remove the broken glass. Be careful not to cut yourself.

• After this install the new, precut glass on the frame. Replace the rubber seal and screw the frame back in place.

Dealing With The Broken Glass

In case your garage door window uses a clip for holding the glass in place, it will require you to remove either a section or he whole of the door panel. This is a job that would best be left to the experts as:

• Tension from the springs requires to be eased and cables unwound

• The panel will be removed by taking away the hinges at top.

• Lay the removed panel flat preferably on a cardboard to ensure the panel and glass are protected.

• Pry the rubber seal using a putty or a knife carefully as you require the seal for the new glass

• Clean the frame of any sealant and replace the glass followed by the rubber seal.

• Using a rubber mallet, carefully hammer the clips in place. The cardboard beneath the panel is crucial in this step as it insulates the door and glass from the impact.

• Set the panel back in place and reattach the hinges. Rejoin the rollers and wind the cables in place• As a last step, rewind the springs.

Final Steps

Ensure the necessary precaution is taken when replacing the garage door. Garage doors could be potentially lethal. A last resort is replacing the entire panel. This requires you to:

• Locate the manufacturer’s sticker on your panel. Try to get their contact so that you can order for a replacement.

• The sticker will give you the model number of the door panel so that the experts at the manufacturing plant can get you the right door panel.

• If you fail to find it, the last resort would be to replace the whole garage door.