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Safety Tip: If your opener doesn’t close your door, there’s a chance that a cable snapped or one of your springs broke! The door might be much heavier especially for manual opening.

If the door is completely / partially open and got stuck, you better call the nearest garage door opener repair company as the door might slam to the ground and bent or crack, not to speak of injury risks.

If your door is closed, and you can see the opener’s belt/chain trying to pull the door up with no success, don’t keep trying as the internal gear (plastic sprocket) will break within few attempts. In that case, you better check if the springs and the cables are intact. If they are functional, you can open the door manually till you use a local garage door opener repair service.

When you aren’t sure and can’t troubleshoot the issue, DON’T pull the red emergency release wire!

Opener Repair Cost

A repair cost would start from $50, and most likely will be much cheaper than buying and installing a new decent garage door opener (Starts from $450). We will do our best to offer you the most cost-effective solutions, and there are few things you can diagnose and fix by yourself:

Check Your Sensors Before Calling A Repair Service! – don’t waste your time and money by having a garage door opener repair service, when it is only a simple issue such as sensors that gone out of alignment.

If one of the sensors is out of proper position, just move it back gently and make sure that both led lights are constantly on and not blinking (one green light and the other is orange). Also, make sure that the front (“eye”) of each sensor in clean, and nothing is blocking its way.

Have A Question? AmPm Door Services is open 7 days a week, anytime between 9 am to 9 pm, we can repair garage door openers, remotes, sensors, keypads and all related parts, within the same day. We can help you get your residential or commercial automatic opener fixed, with a full warranty on both labor and parts.

Broken Garage Door Opener Gear?

Gear of a garage door opener

Garage door openers drive the power from the electric motor by a plastic gear. When the door’s brackets, rollers, springs or bearings are damaged, the movement of the door might not be as it should be, the door can be much heavier and there will be high tension on the plastic gear. The internal plastic sprockets will grind until they become non-useful. A replacement to a new gear kit, without addressing the real issue, won’t last long and you will have to replace the gear or the entire opener withing few months.

Gear Replacement VS. New Opener Installation

Anyone with decent technical skills can install a new garage door opener properly, the thing is, that there are few things that only experienced garage door expert is familiar with, which can extend the life of the opener. Some of those things are:

  • Checking the bearings of the brackets that holding the main shaft
  • Re-adjusting torsion/extension springs so the door won’t be too heavy
  • Adjusting the limits of the force and travel of the opener
  • Making sure that the door is horizontally aligned by adjusting the length of the cable
  • Mounting the opener properly to the ceiling to avoid excess vibrations
  • Adjust the belt/chain tension properly to avoid excess tension on the gear’s top sprocket

Recommended Opener Brands

For many homeowners, the front door isn’t the front door anymore. The garage door is the new front door, acting as the main point of access to your home. This can be for many reasons, including safety and security, but mostly it’s about convenience – the convenience of not having to use a key, providing access for the kids after school, or entering directly into the kitchen to unload groceries, etc. Typically, the garage door is operated 5 times a day, or more. So, you need a dependable, easy-to-use garage door opener.

  • LiftMaster-Chamberlain
  • Sears
  • Craftsman
  • Ryobi (Heavy duty)

Those opener brands are best for residential garage doors, reliable and durable, cheap replacement opener parts such as brackets, gears (sprocket), sensors, remote controls and keypad locks.

New garage door styles


  • Linear
  • Genie
  • Marantec
  • Stanley openers will suit to commercial overhead doors and industrial bay doors.

Perhaps the time has come to install a new or replacement garage door opener in your home. Today, there are so many brands, so many features, that it can be difficult to choose. So, how do you select the opener that is most suitable for your needs? It would be a lengthy article (beyond the scope of this post) to elaborate in great detail on the myriad features currently available, although our experts at AmPm Door Services would be happy to discuss them with you and offer you professional garage door opener repair services. For the purpose here, let’s focus on some of the most fundamental considerations to have in mind when you go shopping for that new opener.

Broken garage door spring

Safety & Reliability

Safety should always be your first consideration, as it is ours. The garage door itself can be very heavy, and while normally this weight is balanced and supported by the door springs in a well-maintained installation, your opener is controlling the door’s movement up and down. You want one that is both strong and dependable.

Certain key safety systems are now mandatory on all new openers. All new openers must automatically reverse the door when it strikes an object in its path (detected by mechanical resistance), or when an object enters its path (detected by photoelectric sensors).

All new openers must also have “rolling code” technology which changes the access code every time the remote controller is used. The primary consideration here is that if you don’t presently have these safety systems on your garage door opener, you definitely should consider upgrading to a modern device.

Now, suppose you don’t carry a house key (instead of using an accessory keypad, taking advantage of the convenience noted earlier) if the power’s out and nobody’s home, you’re locked out of the house! Worse, imagine your kids coming home from school, locked out during a thunderstorm.

Since garage door access can be critical, a battery backup system, which can still operate the door several times without external power, is one option to consider for safety reasons, especially if power outages are frequent in your area. Battery backup will also ensure the continued operation of other functions, including garage lighting, security, and safety alerts.

Drive System Types

There are three main types of drive systems that garage door openers use to move your door up and down: chain-drive, belt-drive, and screw-drive. Each one has different pros and cons.

Chain drive is the most common type, being relatively inexpensive and reliable. Some of these may actually be a combination of chain and steel cable, however, full chain is better. Chain drive systems tend to be quite noisy, therefore are not preferred for installation in attached garages, especially under a bedroom.

Rubber belt drive systems operate similarly to chain drive, although much more quietly, therefore make an ideal choice for under a bedroom. Unfortunately, belt drive tends to cost a little more.

Finally, there are screw drive systems using a threaded steel rod which is rotated to raise and lower the door. Screw drive systems work quickly and efficiently, with less moving parts than chain or belt drive systems making them generally more reliable, however, they’re the most expensive, require more maintenance (frequent lubrication is essential), and they’re not as silent as a belt drive.

In addition to the three main types, there are other less common types of opener known as direct-drive and “jackshaft” openers which may be considered. It would be best to discuss the pros and cons of these with a knowledgeable installer if you’re thinking about this type of drive for your application.

Motor Types

A recent development in garage door openers has been DC-type motors overtaking AC-type motors in the marketplace. Both move your door up and down, but they do it differently. In general, AC motors are durable and long-lasting, but less versatile than DC motors which also tend to be smaller and lighter.

A DC motor may come with variable speed, able to start slowly, increase to a regular speed, and then slow down before stopping. This soft stop/start feature which avoids jarring the door, along with smoother overall operation, makes it gentler on your garage door components, extending their life. DC motors can also reverse more quickly, operate more quietly, and use less power than AC motors.

Only DC-powered garage door openers can offer the battery backup option. On the downside, DC motors with brushes do not have the same life expectancy as AC motors, but brushless DC motors do, and they tend to be a bit more expensive.

Unless the gear is damaged and can be replaced by a local garage door opener repair service, if the motor won't turn on, and all the conections are right, you better get a new opener installed.

Motor Sizes

You’ll come across a range of horsepower ratings when shopping for a new garage door opener. Openers are usually available in 1/3, 1/2, and 3/4 horsepower sizes (or equivalent in Newtons for a DC-motor). More powerful openers (1+ horsepower) are available for specialized or commercial applications if needed. Higher power generally correlates to higher prices.

Keeping in mind it is the door springs (not the opener) that do most of the lifting, one-third horsepower should be enough to lift any properly-balanced door. However, you don’t want to undersize the motor, therefore it is suggested that this smallest size is best suited to light-weight, single-width doors. One-half horsepower is the most common size, recommended for average-weight single or double-width garage doors.

The 3/4 horsepower size is usually recommended only for very large and/or heavy doors or one-piece doors. A more powerful garage door opener could potentially last longer since it will not normally be working as hard relative to its capabilities, and may even come with a longer warranty. Our garage door specialists can help you choose the right amount of power depending on your particular installation.

Options & Accessories

The most commonly installed garage door opener accessory is the external wall-mounted keypad, the convenience of which cannot be overstated. These offer secure, keyless entry to the garage. Once you’ve used one of these, you’ll wonder how you lived without it before.

Here are a few of the most popular options and accessories that you might also want to consider:

– Open-door monitors (to alert you if the garage door has been left open), or better yet, auto-close functionality
– Motion-detectors that turn on the opener’s lights when someone enters the garage
– Small keychain remotes, so as not to leave the remote in the car (for security reasons)
– Plug-in controls that operate lights in the house from the remote in the car
– Home automation connectivity which allows you to control your opener remotely
– Wi-Fi or smartphone compatibility, allowing you to operate and monitor the opener from a mobile device.

24-7 Garage Door Opener Repair Services For Both Commercial And Residential Garage Doors

The garage door specialists at AmPm Door Services, are always available to offer friendly advice on these and other choices you can make. We will be pleased to advise you on the best garage door opener choice to make based on your budget and how you will use your garage door. We have been selling, installing, and servicing garage door openers for many years. Our garage door opener repair services are available for all brands of garage door openers, and can also supply any parts and accessories you may require.