Is your opener old? If you check in the back of you opener you will find the date it was manufactured. That date is close to the time your garage door was installed. Your garage door opener is old after 10 years. At that point we always recommend replacing the whole thing entirely since a new opener will include replacing all components. You get new wall control, new sensors, new bar and chain, and new remotes. If you repair is more than a $100 its worth looking into replacing the whole thing for a couple of hundred dollars more.
When to replace
Broken or worn gear. You will hear the motor humming but does nit move you chain. Your door does not stop where it was set to stop or does not reach the travel limits. Call an expert to take care of it by simply scheduling a visit.
Defective Logic board.
Operator appears to be dead except a small blinking light in the back of opener. Door opens randomly on its own.
Broken Chain. Chain will hang broken, very noticeable.
When to repair
If your garage door opener is still in good shape but needs a few adjustments you can go that route. Some of the simple problems that can be repaired are when you experience:
Safety Sensor problems
Travel limits adjusting
If you happen to be someone who is interested in repairing his garage door on his own, then you must know how and where to find the right repair parts and materials. For this, you need to understand what exactly your door is composed of. One of the essential equipments or parts which determine the functionality of a garage door is the garage opener.
Though it’s very common for garage openers to break down or get damaged depending upon the frequency of use of the door. In such a scenario, you must visit a hardware shop and ask for the highest quality openers they have. Even if you are hiring an installation or repair service provider, you must look for the quality of openers they are taking into use. We recommend Liftmaster since they are the most reliable and widely used in Chicago.