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Garage Door Motor: Tips to Increase Its Lifespan


The average residential garage door is opened roughly 1500 times every year. That’s a full-time job with overtime for a garage door motor. At Adams Doors, we provide top-of-the-line garage door motors as well as installation, maintenance, and repair services to ensure your garage door motor doesn’t need to take a holiday. However, even if you buy from the best, your garage door motor won’t last forever.

Garage Door Motors’ Normal Lifespan 

Most average garage door motors will last you 10 to 15 years, but this isn’t set in stone. Several factors influence how long your garage door motor lasts. The quality and age of the actual garage door can also affect the lifespan of the motor, therefore, when automating an old manual door, it’s always better to call in professionals

Tips to Increase Your Garage Door Motors’ Lifespan 

The best tip to lengthen the lifespan of your garage door motor is to always stay on top of maintenance. This will ensure that all your garage door components remain in tip-top shape. Here are some key tips to increase the lifespan of your motor: 

Clean and Lubricate Moving Parts

By regularly cleaning and lubricating the moving parts of your garage door, there will be less stress on the garage door motor. The parts you should lubricate often include rollers, hinges, and the opener’s chain. 


  • Rollers: To keep these on a roll you can lubricate with engine oil by simply putting a drop of oil onto each one. The rolling action will spread the oil into the bearings, and voila, your job is done! An important tip to always remember is to stay away from using grease on the roller, as this will attract extra dirt and clog the tracks. 

  • Hinges: The hinges that hold the garage door panels together, must be regularly lubricated. You can use a white lithium grease spray to lubricate, and a clean cloth after application, to wipe away the excess. 

  • Opener’s Chain: You can use the white lithium grease spray to lubricate the chain so that the garage door motor can smoothly do its job.

A final tip is to always read the manufacturer manual of your garage door motor to see what lubricant they suggest. 

How Much Does a Motor for a Garage Door Cost?

The cost of a garage door motor varies, depending on the specific project. A brand-new installation will be more expensive than a repair or service. However, this investment, if installed by professionals, will pay for itself in the long run. Not only does an effective garage door motor increase safety, but also adds value to your property. An automated garage door gives your home an instant facelift, and who wouldn't want to buy a home with extra convenience and safety features. 

Garage Door Motor Kit

Want to maximise the lifespan of your garage door motor? The best way to ensure that it stands the test of time is to get a garage door motor kit from the best in the business. Contact Adams Doors for a quote today!

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