Menifee Garage Door and Opener Repair

Servicing garage doors and garage door openers in Menifee, CA.
Phone: (951) 679-3405
Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-4pm
Email: dave@mgdor.com

ABOUT

My name is Dave and I am an old-fashioned curmudgeon. I only service Menifee, where I live, so I can get there quickly and if a follow up is needed it is not a problem. I buy in quantity so I can pass on low prices. My prices are listed below so you know what to expect. The truck is usually fully stocked so most things can be fixed without a second trip. I do not work on Marantec openers. Nor do I replace openers or doors. I only do service and repair. I expect you to move things out of the way so ladders can be put behind the door and for you to watch and chat while I work. (Or I charge you $50 more.) I give free estimates with very low prices, compared to the competition, in the hopes of doing the work immediately on the first trip instead or making a second trip out. If I can not fix the problem I do not expect any pay. I am suppose to be an expert and if I can not fix it you should not pay for my lack of ability.

COVID-19 is a scam. Unless you are sickly, elderly with multiple comorbidities, or caring for somebody who is you should not be fearful. However, if you are one of those irrationally fearful types please do not call me. I have no patience for nonsense. (Most of my elderly customers in Sun City, even ones with multiple comorbities, are more blasé about COVID-19 than I am! They would rather fully live the little life they have left than die with a whimper in seclusion. They say it is the social interaction that keeps them alive.) I have not been the least bit sick this year but that does not mean I have not had COVID-19. The CDC and WHO say the vast majority of people, about 80%, never realized they had it or perhaps currently have it.

Most of my business is not through google, yelp, facebook, nextdoor, or other social media sources for lemmings but from neighbors talking to neighbors. There is almost a 100% chance I have serviced somebody on your street if you live in Menifee. (I have over 11,000 customers here.) Call or email me and I will look up your street and give you some names of neighbors living on your street I have serviced. Then you can ask these neighbors directly. I believe this is much better than using the internet and their social media sites which are usually totally bogus.

PRICING
$0   When it can't be fixed

If I get there and cannot fix the problem I charge a whopping 0 dollars. Or if my price is too high and you don't want the service. Or if you are not satisfied with my work. There are a few things that can't be fixed at an acceptable price. It is merely the cost of business and gets washed out by all the jobs that can be done.

$60   Yearly General Service Plan

This is general service done on a yearly basis. Very handy if you are a landlord or elderly and want to be sure your garage door and opener are working and properly maintained.

$75   General Service

General service. When a new tenant is moving in, or if you are hearing new noises, calling for general service is a smart thing to do. This gets a detailed inspection of almost everything related to your garage doors and openers. It also helps if you are present so each step can be explained. When there are things wrong you will know the severity and what should be done about them. See this General Service Check-Off list to get an idea of what is covered.

$75—$250   Door Off Track

The price varies dramatically depending on how complicated the problem was. For instance the price for putting a single roller or cable back on is usually a 75 dollar service call. However, if the door is on the ground with the rails ripped off the wall the price might be 250 dollars. Most of the time the door does not need to be replaced and is fixable. (Despite how it looks initially.) On these difficult jobs I must actually finish the job before I know just what to charge. If I find it can not be fixed then I charge nothing for the time and effort I put into it.

$95   Replacing Trolley/Carriage

Whether a Genie or liftmaster trollies the price is the same. Trollies are sometimes referred to as Carriages. They are sometimes further classified as "inner" and "outer". Either way the total price is $95 for the part and service.

$95   Replacing Cables

Cables often break or become frayed. Replacing them requires the springs and drums to be reset and the door to be jacked up. It is not an easy task.

$125   New Safety Beams

Safety beams fail. Sometimes they can work for decades. Other times they have to be replaced after a few years.

$133—$233   Struts

To keep the door from sagging, buckling, and developing cracks struts can be used to reinforce the door. Depending on the circumstances one to four struts may be needed on a normal 16 foot wide by 7 foot tall door. Once a strut is put on a section that section will in almost all situations last forever. Or until the door is hit by a car. Reinforcing the door with struts costs much less than buying a new door.

$145   Gear replacements in chain/belt opener

The sprocket, bearings, and even the gears often go bad in Chamberlain, Liftmaster, and Craftsman openers. The same gear mechanism has been used for thirty or fourty years with them. Regardless if it is an old .25 HP motor or a 1.5 HP motor. The weak link in these openers are always the gears.

$150   Bottom Weather Seal

To replace the bottom weather seal on your door is $150. If the molding is non standard then new molding must also be attached which is an additional $50.

$219   Torsion Springs, 7' high door, 15 yr warranty

Torsion springs are rated by how many times they can open the door. The industry standard is 10,000 openings and lifetime springs over 25,000 openings. All our standard springs are rated for 78,000 to 100,000 openings. Nobody in Southern California uses springs with such high ratings. They may say they have springs that are warrantied for life but when you look them up they are usually only rated for 29,000 openings. Yet they often sell those springs for around $800. We only charge $219 for much better springs. I have the best price on openings per dollar by far at 78,000 openings for $219. Or 356 openings per dollar. Now compare this to somebody that uses standard springs for $200. Their cost per opening would be only 50 openings per dollar. If the company does not know their openings per dollar then they are using standard springs. I also will beat anybodies openings per dollar price by 10%. (This has never happened yet because my prices are already so good.)

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$239   Torsion Springs, 8' high door, 10 yr warranty

Price jumps by $20 and the warranty goes down by five years when you have an 8' high door.

$365   Torsion Springs, ∞ yr warranty

These springs are rated for close to 200,000 openings. They are huge industry style springs. Yet if you want springs that will outlast your life, your house's life, and possibly our civilization, the cost is $365.

$375   Wayne Dalton TorqueMaster Conversion

Wayne Dalton makes a garage door system with the springs contained withing a tube. This is called the Wayne Dalton TorqueMaster system. The springs when measured are only rated for about 5,000 openings. So they break quite often. To convert them over to the industry standard, called professional torsion springs, costs $375. The springs used to do this are rated for about 80,000 openings.

$499   Linear 3/4 HPc Belt Drive Garage Door Opener with Battery Backup

This is only for existing customers needing their openers replaced.
Linear is the most reliable opener I know of. Almost never failing in the first 30 to 40 years of life. They come standard with a lifetime warranty on the belt and motor. The safety beams can be seen in broad daylight from far away and are easy to adjust. The opener is very quiet. Perhaps the quietest on the market. Linear is a local company in the Inland Empire with over 60 years experience. They build things to last. The total price installed is $499.

LOCAL REVIEWS

Click on the line to see the review. To see the latest reviews go directly to google, facebook, yelp, etc.. (I don't update this list very often.)

Please verify my reviews on Google and Yelp. Sort them by date and notice the star ratings, that they are current, and that they have always been consistent. I rely on customer reviews and word of mouth for all my business so I try very hard to make sure I get good reviews. For best results leave me a "preemptive" review before I come over specifying what we agreed to and then update it once I have finished. (You should be doing this for all the contractors for best results.)

Google Reviews

GOOGLE REVIEWS (Click Here to be taken to my reviews on Google)

Google makes their money by misleading the public to companies that pay them. The following are some of the methods they use.

  1. Displaying "sponsored" companies at the top of the page. Sponsored in this case means these companies have paid extra to appear as if they are not paying.
  2. After the "sponsored" results come pages of adverts related to the search. Many people pick a company from here by mistake!
  3. Then comes the "three pack". The three pack shows the "top three local companies". I usually show up here in most searches. Companies can not pay to show up here. You have to be a local company and do a decent job.
  4. Then come results from other search engines like Yelp, facebook, mapquest, etc.. Google is probably getting paid by these companies to allow their results to be included. This nonsense goes on for hundreds of pages. Mind numbing. Google IS evil.
  5. Finally, Google will "loose" your good reviews. (Usually after you refuse to become a customer.)

Written on 2019-08-16.

Yelp Reviews

FIRST 10%
REMAINING 90%

Yelp is no better than Google. Another "black hat" company sending traffic to the people that pay them. You ask them why they hide 90% of your reviews and they say there is nothing they can do about it. That it is their "algorithm" that determines what to remove. It seems their algorithm is based on how much you pay them. Since I pay them nothing 90% of my reviews are hidden. To be taken to my pages on Yelp click on the above "first 10%" or the "remaining 90%".

Written on 2019-08-16.

Facebook Reviews

FACEBOOK REVIEWS

Many people use Facebook. I do not. So do not even in your wildest imagination think I will see a question in a timely fashion if you ask it there. More likely than not a few months or possibly even a year will pass before I think of logging into that walled off platform. Call me instead!

Written on 2019-08-16.

FAQs
Polaroid sunglasses over your safety sensors?

Sunlight directly hitting old safety sensors often prevent the door from closing. Solutions include moving the safety sensors further away from the door so the sunlight does not hit them, switch the safety sensors so the one that was being hit is switched with the one that had been in the shade, or buying new ones. A new solution a customer told me about today was to put polaroid lenses over each side. He had an old pair of polaroid sunglasses. Cut up the lenses and put a few small holes into it so he could wire it in place. Apparently this fixed the problem. Nothing else would work for them, including new safety sensors and moving them totally out of the sun.

Written on 2019-08-14.

How do I secure my garage door from break ins?

There is nothing you can do to keep a thief out of your garage. You can make it difficult but that is it. The following lists the common ways thieves get in.

Written on 2019-08-14.

How long does a garage door spring last before needing replacement?

I got this question from quora.com/How-long-does-a-garage-door-spring-last-before-needing-replacement The answers given there were:
1. Climate.
2. Whether it was lubricated once a year with WD-40.
3. Whether regular maintenance is done.
4. Depends on the weight of the door.
All these answers on Quora were wrong. Springs are rated by how many times they can be twisted a certain amount before they will break. With this information you know how long the spring will last before needing replacement.

The industry standard spring is rated for 10,000 openings. So if only one person uses the door and they leave in the morning and return in the evening 365 times a year then the springs would last 10,000/(365*2) or 13.7 years. The springs would last nearly seven years if two people were using the door.

My opinion on why 10,000 openings is the norm is because it is just long enough so that each new home owner will be forced to buy new springs. When you look at this graph at how long do most families stay you'll see what I mean. Planned obsolescence.

Any spring rated for over 25,000 openings is considered a "lifetime" spring. As a result a lot of companies sell 29,000 openings springs and give "lifetime warranties". They usually sell them for somewhere between $500 and $1,000. Then if and when they break they charge $300 to $400 for service. (I know of about 5 companies that do this and no companies other than me that don't.)

The springs I use are rated for a minimum of 78,000 openings on a standard 7' high door. So in the above examples they would last 53 or 106 years. Or seven homeowners. I do not charge 7x the price of my competition though! In fact I guarantee my spring prices are the best you can find in terms of openings per dollar. Usually more than seven times cheaper in terms of openings per dollar. I also warranty these springs for 15 years. From the math above you should realize it is very improbable that a family could open and close the door to break the springs within 15 years.

I also sell "lifetime" springs. These are overkill meant for people who live in the middle of nowhere and don't want to ever be stuck in their garage. Say they have made a mansion in their 20s and expect to live in it the rest of their lives. Or for people who want the comfort of knowing their house will fall down before the springs break! The price of these springs are only $365. Actually for the price I think everybody should want these springs. Do it once and do it right at a great price.

If it is important never to get stuck in and your springs are older than eight years then you should get new torsion springs from us.

Written on 2019-08-15. Last updated on 2019-08-17.

How can I maintain my garage door springs to extend their lifespan?

I got this question from quora.com/How-can-I-maintain-my-garage-door-springs-to-extend-their-lifespan The answers given there were:
1. Clean them with compressed air.
2. Spray silicon based lubricant on them.
3. Nonsense not related to the question.

You can not extend the life of your garage door springs. Period. You are stuck with whatever was put up there. If they are making noise you can oil them. If you want springs that will last a long time then buy from me. If you bought from somebody else and want to know if they were honest I'll be glad to come over and look the springs up for you. (For a price.)

Written on 2019-08-17. Last updated on 2019-08-17.

Can a genie remote be used on a lift master garage door? If it can, how do you program it?

I got this question from quora.com/Can-a-genie-remote-be-used-on-a-lift-master-garage-door-If-it-can-how-do-you-program-it

I have Genie transmitters in stock on my shelves going back to the 70s if not 60s. I have never seen any that work for anything other than Genie.

Written on 2019-08-17. Last updated on 2019-08-17.