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You most likely use your garage door opener as much as you use any appliance in your home. In fact, most homeowners use the garage door as a veritable entry door — mostly because it’s so convenient.

But garage door openers can break down over time, and they all eventually replacement. You may be wondering: When do I change my garage opener? Here’s a look at some key considerations focused on the average lifespan of a garage door opener, as well as when you should know it’s time to shop for a new model.


Quality Counts

Remember that you often get what you pay for in a garage door opener, and remember also that quality counts when you want long-term performance. Stick to some of the most trusted and recognized names in garage door openers — well-known and highly regarded manufacturers like LiftMaster® and others.

You may find off-brand garage door openers that are available at bargain-basement pricing. These discount garage door openers often don’t last long, though, and you’ll find that you end up getting far less value out of your investment. So choose a high-quality garage door opener, and you’ll find that you get a lot more bang for your buck.

More About Use Than Time

Here’s one more thing to consider about the replacement of a garage door opener: The average lifespan of a garage door opener is more about how much you use it and less about how much time has passed since installation. If you use your garage door opener several times a day, it’s going to bite the dust far sooner than if you only use it a couple of times a week.

One way to get more life out of a garage door opener is to get regular maintenance services. There are some small things you can do to help maintain your garage door opener, but you can also get a regular maintenance plan from a professional service provider. Regular maintenance helps identify emerging problem areas before they spiral out of control and become emergency situations.

The Typical Range

If you’re looking for a bottom-line number on the average lifespan of a garage door, here it is: 10 to 15 years. You can reasonably expect a new garage door opener to provide a lifespan somewhere in that range. If you get a quality product and you maintain it properly, you can expect to get closer to 15 years — or even more. If you choose a discount product and fail to maintain it, you will get closer to 10 years — or even less.

Let Cookson Take a Look

When you need maintenance for a garage door opener, or when you’re searching for new products, count on the selection and team you’ll find at Cookson Door Sales. We proudly serve Arizona with a huge selection of garage door and garage door opener products, and we can also provide expert guidance as you’re considering your options and what’s best for your home.

Contact us today about service and inspection for your garage door and its opener.