Your garage door is the largest moving structural object in the average home. Here are some ways to make sure you are cared for with honesty and professionalism.
Always establish some kind of price. That it is a regular service or an emergency service, if you do not ask it, it can be a double action or a triple of what it can be typically.
The springs come in many sizes, diameters and lengths. Thus, the pricing of a spring is usually something that must be done after it is measured and measured. Most companies will not give you a price on the phone, plus an average of what they cost. Once you have chosen a company with which you are comfortable and a regular service. On arrival make sure the price is within the average given to you. The springs are rated for cycles by the manufacturer, and you have a plus and minus on how long they will last. It is entirely determined by the engineer doors on the height of a cycle spring that they put on your door. Most door manufacturers are aware of the costs and are in the range of 20,000 cycles.
It is there that most service companies try to baffle you once they have arrived home. Here is the truth about high cycle springs. All springs are created equal, there is not an ounce of difference other than perhaps the quality of the steel used in the making of it. And it's almost trivial. High cycle springs are simply a longer calibrated spring. The shorter the hardest spring it works. The longer a spring is, the less it has to work, so a longer life of the spring and a true high cycle spring.
The springs break because of their cycle limit, and sometimes the condition of the door. A poorly maintained door can and will reduce the life of a spring
Some door companies have the bad habit of selling you parts that you do not need.
Inspect the parts with the service technician and use your best judgment as to whether the parts should be replaced or not. A good company will include in this service a lubrication of all moving parts and an inspection of the general condition of the doors.
Service request for general door repair.
Make a visual inspection, typically with a door of its size, it's not difficult to spot the reason the door is not working properly. Please be warned, there are a lot of videos on the internet that show you how to fix your door. What they do not tell you are the dangers if the repair is not done correctly or with the correct tools and equipment. We first saw the results of that, from missing fingers to death. Always use a specialized technician to complete your service request.
When planning the service, always ask for the full service price. There are some companies that will tell you over the phone that the service call is $. What they do not tell you, is that the price does not include work. It's a classic competitive bait change to fool people into believing the price is the lowest.
Unlike a car or truck, there are not many names hidden or confusing. Use your best judgment when discussing your service options with the technician. If anything seems confusing, it's probably because someone is trying to do like that. Inspect the pieces show to be bad and get prizes to repair before the start of work.