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If a tilt-up door, probably about $150-200.
If a roll-up door, assuming you have not put in cabinets or anything that prohibits sliding the shaft sideways about 2-3 feet out of the spring to change it, then about $200-250 should do it for a 2-car garage door. If he has to disassemble the brackets to remove the springs because the shaft cannot slide sideways enough to get the springs on/off, then probably another $50-100.
If you have an automatic garage door opener, usually they will charge you $50 or less for tension adjustment, lube, and motor cleaning if scheduled on the same visit, about half a normal call cost.
One thing to consider - assuming you have 2 springs and an opener, unless the other spring is quite new, you should replace it at the same time, first because it will probably break fairly soon anyway and changing two is only about $50 more than changing one, and because the springs on both sides should be of equal stiffness - if not, then the door will be unevenly weight compensated and try to open cockeyed, increasing wear and risk of damaging the motor.
Assuming you are talking rollup garage door - issues similar but not as many parts on a tilt-up door.
Many rollup doors in residential use go 30 years or more on original springs.
Generally, they do not need to be replaced till they break. A broken one should be pretty obvious - the door will open very hard because it is being pulled up more at one side than the other, if at all, and one spring will be wound tight while the other will be looser, and usually the break is a visibly obvious one - either a visible break in the main portion of the spring, or the free end that goes into the end plate is broken off. Compare the springs against each other to see they look the same.
Also, if you think a spring is broken but can't see anything wrong, maybe the set screws that hold the end plates tight onthe axle have vibrated loose, relaxing the tension on the spring.
As the door gets older you may need to have a garage door repairman adjust the spring tension tighter if the door starts opening hard or balking at opening, though that is more often a problem with dirty slider track and bearings from dust accumulation, which you can clean with WD40 and then lubricate the side support rollers with motor oil or household oilcan. On lubrication of the slider track there are differences of opinion - some say clean with a non-oily solvent like brake cleaner and leave it clean and ddry so dust does not stick to it, other say oil with a light household oil or WD40. I prefer the latter so the plastic slider does not get worn out sliding on the metal slider track or pole, though it definitely does accumulate an oily dust grunge. The cleaning and lubricating should be done at least yearly - every 3-6 months if you use the door multiple times a day, more often if you are in a real dusty area like the Dust Bowl, the desert, or close to the beach.
I think he is trying to upsell you on something you don't need, or their company policy is neer fix, always replace - some companies are in that mode not, to prevent future call-backs when it does not work.
IF only needs screws, sounds like a good do it yourself job with self-tapping sheet metal screws. Or a Handyman could do for maybe $50-70 if that is all that is needed.
If the weatherstrip is damaged and in on the front edge of the garage door, one other possibility - replace with one like this, or screw a bottom compression type rubber weatherstrip on the bottom of the door - actually work a lot better than the face-mounted ones anyway, in my opinion. Look like this from M-D Building Products and Frost King among others. Can also be used nailed to frame to flap contacts door face as an edge and top weatherstrip -
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Great company, great service, great cost and punctual. I HIGHLY recommend
The servicemen that came to my house were very thorough, prompt, and always called before they were going to arrive.
There was an ongoing issue over the course of at least a year and Crystal contacted the manufacturer to figure out what the cause of issue might be and how to resolve it. They replaced the remotes initially, the motherboard and other circuits, the controller and finally the unit. I think they would have replaced the unit sooner if the manufacturer had authorized its replacement. Crystal deserves high praise for constantly following up.
The unit must have been defective. I was getting issues with errors that claimed there was excessive force both when opening and closing. I had gotten a new garage door shortly after the unit was installed because the old door was heavy and damaged probably causing the old unit to give out. Crystal said they could not honor the manufacturer's warranty if the door was not replaced but the quote they have me for a new door was about the same as a higher quality door from a different garage door installer that was steel on both sides and insulated. So initially I had the door guys come out to make sure there was no problem and when they verified it was aligned properly I called Crystal.
Crystal came out in the spring of 2014, soon after I contacted them, at the appointed time, replaced the remotes with cheaper versions and worked on the unit. It seemed better with the errors rarely occurring but then they started becoming more frequent again. Crystal came out and replaced some of the circuit boards and again the unit seemed to work better with very infrequent errors during late fall and most of the winter. Eventually, when the weather warmed up a bit, I got the errors frequently in March of 2015 and Crystal replaced the controller on the wall and worked on the unit again. When I had issues in May, they came again, checked out the unit, fixed something on my garage door, and ordered parts. At that point I was getting excessive force errors with the door detached and the unit wasn't really working, forcing me to open and close the door manually all the time. But when they returned the following week, they installed a different model of the unit and I haven't seen an error code since then. Plus this new model is even quieter than the problem model. Both models can/could be programmed to close on their own after a specified time which is great if one forgets to close the door or something blowing into the garage like leaves prevented the door from closing. And it is wifi enabled so one can buy an adapter to control and monitor it via an app.
Bottom line, I was worried that given the length of time and the numerous service calls, but Crystal came through each and every time. I'm just glad the old lemon I had was finally removed and replaced. Wished it was done much sooner but I'm sure they were just following the manufacturer's recommendations. I would recommend them because obviously they follow through and guarantee their work. I would have given the all "A"s if it didn't take so long to finally get the unit replaced, even though it probably wasn't their call, but that really impacted me in that I had to deal with not having a dependable garage door opener and was always wondering, whenever I used it, if it was going to give me problems again, which was somewhat stressful.
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