Garage Door Gear and Sprocket Repair

Gears and sprockets on your garage door can wear out or go bad, we will assess and fix your system for you.

Garage Door Gear and Sprocket Repair

Gear and sprocket replacements are very common garage door motor repairs. Sears, Craftsman, Liftmaster, and Chamberlain motors all have this same mechanism. The symptoms are a slack chain, motor running but the door does not move, or it is starting and stopping in the wrong position.

Sometimes the door will hit the floor and come back up. If the chain is slack you can look at the top of the motor where the sprocket is and see a black powder at the leading edge of the shaft. That is the graphite bushing wearing down and will knock out the limit switches.

If the motor runs and the garage door doesn’t move, it is most likely the plastic gear inside the motor housing has ground down. You would see a lot of plastic shavings that look like snow near the edge of the garage door motor.

Both can be repaired with a gear and sprocket replacement. The cause of this problem is usually poor maintenance. An improperly balanced door and a door that hasn’t been lubricated regularly will put extra wear and tear on gear and sprocket. It is a common repair that takes about half an hour and includes a full servicing of the entire garage door, garage door springs, motor, and rails.

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