Most Common Garage Door Repair Costs

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Subject: Read this

Google How to Spot A Local Garage Door Repair Scam and read that article. It's good!


Subject: Garage door repair don't use GDS

word of caution... Garage door repair is now GDS is now neighborhood garage door service is etc. they will overcharge, get local pricing and compare it. Make sure Tech is a professional or licensed (if your area requires it)


Subject: How much will it cost?

We recently got a lab and she's 8 months old we put her in the garage with the door open some for air and we went to work, when we got home we found that she chewed the wire that goes from the wall to the sensor for the door to open and close when you push the button. How much is that to replace/fix?

Bill Vogel

Subject: Garage door panel

Question- I bought a Clopoy coachmen series 8' garage door last April , over the winter the bottom panel got a dent in it [snow blower-rock?] It is about the size of an egg . Called to see if any repair can be done instead of replacing[similar to dent wizard for autos and was advised cant be done and had to replace 3 panels? not going to do that- is there any other opinions on this?
Any help will be greatly appreciated


Subject: Answer

I have been installing and repairing for 10 years. Of course you can have only the bottom panel replaced if that is the only one damaged


Subject: garage door

My garage door will not lift with remote the metal punch out holes that attach to the pulley with screws is broken. I have re-punched holes, but still doesn't hold pulley can I swap out the metal punch out section on door or do I have to replace garage door?


Subject: Replaced spring & rollers

Hi first they charge me $963.00 all kinds of stuff needs to be replaced. But I said I cannot afford. It was down to $350.00 including the labor. I cannot even open my garage manually. did I pay too much?


Subject: $377 to replace springs ...

No ... mine cost $377 just to replace the springs. (Repairman would not replace just the broken one as it was a "safety issue" and "too dangerous" for him.)
Maybe Angie's List is quoting the cost of what it would be in Kansas or Iowa!


Subject: Depends on service

Most good companies carry different quality parts. If someone can't afford to fix there door with the parts that will last long term, they will use standard parts that the door comes with. These can fail within 5 years. Better question is, how do you own a house, but can't afford $963 repair. A new HVAC can cost $10K. I wouldn't expect anyone to come to my house for less than $200. If I wasn't paying over $500 I would be questioning the quality of the repair and the credentials of the technician.



Hi! Thank you for sharing this information on garage door repair and how to get the most out of the garage door opening unit you have. I think that it's important to know how to repair these units in our garage if needs be. There are many benefits to being handy and knowing the different ways to repair and fix different parts of the house.


Subject: garage door springs

I found a pair of garage door springs on Garage Door Nation and it was about $100 and only took me about 15 minutes to do my own garage spring replacement. Saved me a ton of money!


Subject: Roller size

My existing garage door roller diameter is 1 7/8 in. It looks like the tracks also have enough room for the 2 in. rollers, but I'm not 100% positive. Can I use the 2 in. instead? Or should I use the 1 7/8 in. rollers and leave a little bit of room in the tracks? Thank you!


Subject: Recent repair

I just had my torsion spring assembly replaced on a two car wood garage door. It was 4 new Springs, a new shaft, new bearings, pulleys and cables. The cost was $970. Did I overpay?


Subject: Depends on service

Most garage door parts will last less than 5 years with normal use. In most cases for a price like that you will get parts that will last much longer, come with a great warranty and be installed by someone who is a professional and makes a living wage. Don't be fooled by fly-by-nighters with a taillight warranty.

Jasmin capo

Subject: Over paying

Everything you purchased cost less than $100 wholesale. So paying over $800 in labor is quite expensive.



Thank you so much! This will be very helpful to me since my garage door is quite new and now I can keep it in good shape.



Stephanie, if you read the questions and answers where you just posted your question, you will find your answer.



Chain & cable lube is what the tech used to lube my garage door. It doesn't dry out like WD-40 does.



We've had 3 service calls for springs in the last 6 years. My son bought springs for $20 bucks @ Home Depot and installed them. I now go around with the WD-40 and spray all the tracks and pulleys every season. Hope this keeps me in business for a while

Angie's List staff


Hi Sandra and Stephanie,

There are many lubricants out there but many garage door experts suggest using WD-40 (or similar light weight oil) twice a year to keep garage doors in working shape. All the moving parts of the door should be lubricated, including the hinges, the springs and the rollers. A bead of oil across the top of the springs will give a nice coating, and spraying the rollers is most effective. Also, it’s a good idea to check your garage door hardware for loose screws, nuts and bolts as you lubricate.



My garage door installer advised against using a silicone-based lubricant and recommended WD-40 instead. So which should I use?


Subject: Lubricant

Neither, stay away from silcone it attracts dust, and white lithium grease, wd40 doesn't last long, the best product I found is Luboil from Conklin, or use chain and cable lube, I not to fond of garage door lube either. Hope this helps

Angie's List staff


Hi Roger,

Adding insulation to a hollow garage door can help heating and cooling costs and reduce noise. However, the most important thing to consider is how much weight you are adding to the door. The springs on a garage door are specific to the size and weight of the door, and adding weight to the door without changing the springs can damage them and wear out gears faster in the electric operator. Also, adding a strut across the door might be necessary to make sure the door doesn’t buckle when in the horizontal position.



Thanks Celeste!
My opener also has 2 wheels on the top of each side of the door: one with a big spool of line and the other just a pulley wheel. So I also lubricated the axles of those spools. You can watch closely while raising/lowering the door to see where the parts spin and move. Now my door runs much quieter, so I must have done something right! Hopefully this will reduce strain on the motor and make it last longer.

Raymond Russell


I use silicon spray for the Garage Spring, but Home Depot now has two products out for the springs one is call Blast, the other will be in the same location. Each product will state specifically that it is for
the Garage spring.



Stephanie & Sandra,
I'm not a professional, but I watched as my garage doors were serviced last year. The tech used a spray lubricant (I had bought a different brand in the garage door section of a home improvement store). He sprayed the inside of the entire track, top and bottom, the rollers that ride along the track, and all hinges on the door. He sprayed each hinge twice -- once on each side. The techs were more generous with the lubricant than I was when I'd done it before, so don't be afraid to give it a good squirt.



I would like to know if you can insulate your own non-insulated door.



I'm with Stephanie. I know that we need to lubricate the garage door but I got no instructions with mine and don't know where to lubricate it and with what. Can someone give us a clue?

Roger Linville


I asked a question here almost a year ago and it was never answered, so why should we bother asking questions?



Where on the door, and how, does one lubricate a garage door?

Kitchen Doors


Article is good. Replacing the springs is easy to do it yourself work.

Delta Door Company


Cathie, most garage door systems should have a cord you can pull to disconnect the door from the system so you can open and close it manually.

Ray Smith


Replacing the springs is an easy do-it-yourself project. When one goes, the other is not far behind. Do both at the same time.

Cathie Hay


I'd like to know what to do when there is a power outage and I can't get the car in.

Roger Linville


To insulate my garage door, do I just glue those 1-inch thick foam panels to the inside? Since I can't insulate the joints, will it make that much of a difference?

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had

I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.

I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.