Answering the question of how often a garage door chain should get replaced is not as easy as saying every 10 years, or every 15. Although most will tell you 10-15 years is the average lifespan of a garage door chain, there are many variables to consider.
What Factors Determine the Lifespan of a Garage Door Chain?
The more often you perform maintenance on the door opener and, perhaps more importantly, how well you do the maintenance will establish a possible timeline for replacement. It is only logical that any mechanical device that causes the metal to rub against metal needs lubrication. Without proper lubrication, the parts wear down quicker. Likewise, a well-lubricated garage door chain is more reliable and quieter.
The quality of garage door opener also determines how long it will last before it needs to be replaced, the LiftMaster® garage door openers are some of the best on the market. LiftMaster parts have been proven to last much longer, provided those parts were installed and maintained correctly.
Many older garage door openers were not installed well. Furthermore, contractors who built a group of houses in a housing complex sought to save money by using off-brands. The place many chose to save money was on garage doors and garage door openers. The contractors knew the doors would rarely be operated until after the houses were sold. Therefore, they used off-brand doors and openers. The garage door chain installed with those off-brand openers need replacement much sooner.