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Question DetailsAsked on 10/10/2015

how much should it cost to have garage door springs retensioned?

Garage door service man indicated the springs needed to be retensioned since the door would not stay in place when released from the cable. Service man charged me $279.00 to retension existing springs which he said looked fairly new (I've only been in the house for 3 months, so did not know how old the springs were). He also charged $149.00 for a remote keypad (LM 877) to be placed on the garage door frame. Both prices seemed really high to me!

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The keypad cost is about $40-45 plus markup and maybe $5 wire to feed to the unit, and about 15 minutes to install - I would say that should have been about $75-100 additional to the retensioning.

The retensioning should have been minimum service call charge of probably $75-100 depending on local labor costs - which might or might not have covered the keypad install as well if the tensioning went easily (hence quickly).

So - I would expect about $150-200 total charge except maybe in urban Boston, CT, NYC, so yeah - sounds like you paid on the high end for sure, unless the springs were broken and needed replacement, in which case the $279 would be on the higher side but more in the ballpark.

However, they might operate on a flat rate schedule of fees for specific work items - for instance keypad install and springs (adjust or replace), assuming only one thing being done on a callout - so you get stuck big time if you have more than one thing done on a service call. Not fair, but some companies (especially plumbers, electricians, sewer cleaners, garage door companies who do a lot of repetitive types of work items) do that because it simplifies their bookkeeping and estimating by flat-rating most work.

Here are a few links to other cost info on garage door work FYI -

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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