How Long Should Your Garage Door and Operator Last?

Common Questions, Garage Door Operators, General

Many homeowners wonder how long their garage door and garage door operator should last.  A lot of factors can impact the lifetime of your garage door and operator.  Here is some helpful information that you can take into account. First, we will address your operator and door separately because they are two completely different parts.

Garage Door Operator

Your garage door operator is the device that is usually attached to the top of your garage that makes your door run up and down.  A general rule of thumb is that a garage door operator will last between 15-20 years for you.  Keep this timeframe in mind if you start to have trouble with your operator.

Sometimes it may not be economical to put a lot of money into repairing it if its lifespan is near the 15 to 20 year mark.  How many times a day do you rely on your garage door?  Obviously if you’re like most homeowners who use their garage door several times a day, your operator may wear out quicker than a homeowner who runs their door a lot less.

An operator that has received annual maintenance will outlast one that has not been properly adjusted and attended to.  If your garage door is too heavy for the operator you have installed, it can abnormally wear on the operator.  Overhead Door Company recommends annual maintenance on garage doors.  This allows The Door People to check your operator and door for needed adjustments, lubrication and to find any parts that need to be replaced or detect any abnormal wear.

All of the Overhead Door brand operators use a DC motor to run the door.  What this means is that it runs quietly and smoothly, avoiding a jerky motion.  It starts opening the door at a slow speed, speeds up and then slows down when it’s close to the end of its job.

Another thing to consider is the warranty that you have on your garage door operator.  For example, the Overhead Door Odyssey 1000 and Destiny 1200 both offer:

  • A limited non-transferrable lifetime warranty on the motor and gearbox
  • A 15-year limited non-transferrable warranty on the belt
  • A 5-year limited non-transferrable warranty on the parts and chain
  • A 1-year limited non-transferrable warranty on parts and accessories
  • A 1-year warranty on installation

Garage Door

The lifetime of your actual garage door is a different topic!  Things to consider when determining this include whether you have an insulated or non-insulated door, what the door is made of (wood, steel, etc.), and what outdoor elements it encounters (and let’s face it, thanks to our Minnesota winters our garage doors endure extreme weather).  Obviously extreme temperatures, wind, sun exposure and rain, sleet, snow, ice and condensation all can take a toll on your garage door.

Annual maintenance for your garage door is equally as important as it is for your operator.  They go hand in hand and are almost always addressed at the same time by the garage door professional.  Making sure the rollers, hinges and other parts are properly lubricated can affect your operator and your door.  Furthermore, you want to make sure your garage door is aligned properly so your operator doesn’t have to work extra hard to open and close your door.  Proper alignment also can keep from damaging and bending sections in the door.

A majority of Overhead Door garage doors are backed by a limited lifetime warranty.  In addition, Overhead Door Company offers a 1-year warranty on their installation.

If you have questions regarding Overhead Door’s garage doors or operators and live nearby one of our area locations, please stop into our showroom, or give us a call.


"Brandon and crew were very easy to work with. Doors were put in in a timely manner and everything was cleaned up when done. Would definitely recommend to anyone."
- Jane Heiny
5 Stars
"Everyone from the salesman to the tech that installed the equipment were very professional. Great job!"
- Jason Brown
5 Stars
"I’m very pleased with the work done, and in a timely manner. The guys were friendly, answered all my questions, and left the property cleaned up. I love the quiet door movement."
- Lorna Thompson
5 Stars

"Excellent service very friendly and knowledgeable high quality. love our doors thanks overhead doors!!!!!"
- Dianna Weaver
5 Stars

"I’ve had nothing but pleasant experiences! The individuals on the other end of the phone are always so kind and organized. We have received quick service twice and have been so pleased with the level of professionalism and courtesy shown by technicians. Great and honest company!"
- Olivia Hildebrand
5 Stars
"Torsion spring broke on my garage door. Called Overhead Door and spoke with Brandon. He scheduled the techs for the next day which they came out and replaced both torsion springs on the door and adjusted the door so it worked perfectly!! The technicians were very knowledgeable and experienced and had the new springs installed very quickly. Great job!!"
- Dale Rogers
5 Stars
"Very professional! Completed the repairs in an hour and gave the rest of the unit a checkup. Would definitely give them my business again. "
- James Edmonson
5 Stars
"Had a very good overall experience. They arrived within one hour of my request for a quote and provided a written formal quote an hour later.They arrived on time, completed the job in a couple of hours and left the garage spotless. Very professional installers. Highly recommended!"
- Bruce Costigan
5 Stars
"HI called them and they were extremely friendly and made you feel comfortable. I told him my problems and he knew what was wrong. They scheduled me for the next day and they came when they said they would. The two men that came were very professional. Upbeat and knew their job. The job took them 15 minutes. They oiled everything up. (above and beyond) I will use them again I hope I don’t have the need anytime soon. But I would recommend them highly."
- Yvonne Berryman
5 Stars
"The technician did a very nice job replacing the springs. He was very proficient in his work. He also shared ideas for lubricants for maintaining the opener."
- Paul Johnson
5 Stars
"I called on Friday at 11am with a broken garage door spring. I was told the soonest they would be able to get to me was early the following week. By 3:00 p.m. Friday afternoon to my surprise they arrived and fixed the spring. I had a very positive experience recommend them!!"
- Chris Beaver
5 Stars
"Workers were friendly and did good work."
- Robert Hanson
5 Stars
"We and a non-emergent problem with our door. They were there the same day."
- Phillip Blake
5 Stars

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