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  • Writer's pictureMike O.

How long do garage door openers last?

The lifespan of a garage door opener can vary depending on several factors, such as the brand and model, frequency of use, and the quality of maintenance. On average, a well-maintained garage door opener can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years.

Regular maintenance of your garage door opener can help extend its lifespan. Here are some tips for maintaining your garage door opener:

  1. Lubricate moving parts: Apply lubricant to the moving parts of your garage door opener, including the chain, rollers, and hinges. This will help reduce friction and wear on these parts.

  2. Check the sensors: Make sure that the safety sensors are working properly. These sensors are located near the bottom of the garage door and prevent the door from closing if they detect an obstruction.

  3. Tighten hardware: Check the hardware on your garage door opener and tighten any loose screws or bolts. This will help ensure that the opener is securely attached to the ceiling and won't vibrate excessively during operation.

  4. Replace worn parts: If you notice any worn or damaged parts, such as the chain or belt, have them replaced as soon as possible.

  5. Test the auto-reverse feature: Make sure that the auto-reverse feature is working properly. Place a small object, such as a block of wood, under the garage door and close the door. The door should reverse automatically when it comes into contact with the object.

By performing regular maintenance and inspections, you can help extend the lifespan of your garage door opener and ensure that it's operating safely and efficiently.

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