Expert Garage Door Repair in Orange County for Over 35 Years.

Serving San Clemente’s residential garage door spring repair, installation and replacement needs. Call (949) 498-8783

What We Do


New Garage Door Installation

garage door installation Orange County CA

American Empire is a licensed dealer of high-quality, steel garage doors. We also install custom, wooden garage doors! We have a garage door that fits every budget. Learn more.


Garage Door Repair Services

garage door damage repair

Regardless of the type of garage door that needs repairing, we can help. There’s no problem we can’t handle. Give us a call for same day service in most cases! Learn more.


Garage Door Opener Repairs

liftmaster garage door openers

We carry top quality brand name garage door openers, such as Liftmaster, Genie, and Marantec and Linear. Our expert team is experienced in repairing and replacing garage door openers, and our trucks are fully stocked with parts for immediate repairs. Learn more.

About American Empire

American Empire Garage Door has been Orange County’s top choice for residential garage door repair, installation, and service for over 35 years. Based in San Clemente, the American Empire policy is to provide superior customer service by scheduling a 1-hour arrival window, and always calling the customer prior to arrival. Combining our excellent customer service with only the best parts and name brand products sets American Empire apart from the competition. Whether you need a new sectional or 1-piece garage door, a replacement opener, or just a simple spring repair, American Empire is committed to keeping your garage door functioning smoothly.

Why Choose Us

  • We’ve been in the garage door business for over 35 years
  • We’re known for doing quality work and we only use the highest quality products
  • We respond quickly and offer same-day service
  • We are California state-licensed contractors, as well as bonded and insured
  • We have a long list of happy customers whose reviews speak for themselves, below!

Our product line features the highest quality garage door manufacturers in the industry. We sell and install garage doors from Unique Garage Door, Ranch House Doors, Wayne Dalton, and Clopay. They are available in steel or metal, semi-custom or fully custom wood doors, brushed aluminium, copper, all glass or full view doors, as well as fiberglass doors. Garage door openers are available in chain, screw, belt, or direct drive, and are available from Chamberlain, Liftmaster, Genie, Marantec, and Linear.

Every day, we help our neighbors in San Clemente and Orange County as a whole with replacing broken garage door springs, reinstalling cables that have jumped off the drum, repairing rollers that have come out of the track, replacing broken transmitters, panel replacement, replacing safety sensors, replacing broken gear and sprocket assemblies or replacing defective circuit boards.

We offer free estimates on all new garage door installations as well as garage door repairs. In fact, if we can not fix your garage door or opener, you will not be charged.

Call American Empire Garage Door today for expert residential garage door repair or new installation. Or just call us for free advice! We are here to help. Our motto is “Our Passion is Your 100% Satisfaction!”

If Your Garage Door Won’t Open, We Can Help.

Let’s face it, not having your garage door open properly is a very frustrating experience. Often, a garage door breaks at the worst time possible. You need to leave to go pick up the kids from school, have to get to work, can’t miss dinner with family, the list goes on and on. This might be the first time you’ve ever considered the possibility that your garage door could break. We understand how frustrating this can be, and we are here to help you repair or replace your garage door.

Your garage door is the largest and heaviest moving object in your home and does require routine maintenance to operate at its best. It is wise to have the door and opener serviced at least once a year to prevent breakdowns.

At American Empire Garage Door, we conduct a multi-point inspection every time we are called.

Here is a list of the items that we check on the garage door and opener.

  1. Conduct a door balance: If a door has the proper spring tension the door should be able to stay in the halfway open position without falling to the ground or flying up. If the door does not meet this test, then we can add some spring tension or change the springs if they show signs of rusting. Standard springs are rated at 10,000 cycles and if you open and close your door an average of 4 times per day then the springs would last about 7 years before they would break.
  2. Check lift cables for signs of fraying: Lift cables are a very important component of the door and should be changed if they show any wear.  A broken lift cable can cause the door to become lodged in the opening at an angle and can cause damage to the tracks and sections.
  3. Check all lag bolts and screws to make sure they have not come loose: Loose screws and lags can cause the track to shift and cause premature wearing of the rollers and hinges.
  4. Check track spacing and alignment: Improper alignment can cause the door to bind and can affect the operation of the garage door opener.
  5. Check bottom, top and side seal to make sure door is sealing properly and does not bind while it is operating.
  6. Check rollers for wear: Some inexpensive doors use plastic rollers and they can wear enough to cause them to pop out of the track.
  7. Check outer and center bearing plate to make sure they are properly lubricated: Lack of lubrication can cause premature wear and early part failure.
  8. Check for dents on face of door: If a dent is near a section joint, it can cause binding and exert extra pressure on the garage door opener.

Garage Door Opener Checklist

  1. Check to make sure rail, chain or screw is properly lubricated.
  2. Check photo eyes for proper height and alignment. The law requires the photo eyes to be mounted 4-6″ above the floor. They are designed to prevent injury to small children or animals.
  3. Check up and down limit switch adjustments. The door should close securely without making a “thud”. The door should open to just above the top header of the garage door opening.  If you set the opener to open the door farther than that, then it will cause the springs to backwind and the cables may jump off the drum.
  4. Check to make sure wall button is mounted 5′ above the floor. This is required to prevent small children from playing with the garage door opener.
  5. Check the up and down sensitivity adjustment to make sure the opener reverses when it hits an object. To test the down sensitivity place a 2 x 4 block under the door at the center and the door should reverse when it hits the block. If it does not adjust the down limit sensitivity switch or call a garage door repair professional.

Unlike the large garage door repair companies in San Clemente, American Empire is owner operated. We don’t employ any commission technicians. Commission techs are trained to up-sell a homeowner on garage door parts/services that they really don’t need. The more they can up-sell you, the more commission they receive. At American Empire, we pride ourselves on providing top quality service at very reasonable prices and we will never sell you something that you do not need.

Garage Door Information

Consumers today have the widest selection of garage doors to choose from due to all of the recent innovations that have occurred in the industry in the last few years.

Steel or metal doors still dominate the market because of their relative low cost. The strongest residential steel door is made from 24 gauge metal. If you are going to invest your hard earned money on a new steel sectional garage door then select a 24 gauge door. Some manufacturers utilize 24 gauge NOMINAL steel. This is very misleading to the consumer because the word NOMINAL in the garage door industry means “in name only.” You are really purchasing a 25 gauge door. Don’t be fooled by companies that try to sell you a 24 gauge nominal door!

Optional polystyrene insulation is available to strengthen the door and keeps the garage cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Most garage door manufacturers purchase 1 3/4″ polystyrene insulation covered with a thin vinyl backing. They take a non insulated or pan door and cut the insulation, bend it to fit in between the vertical stiles, and use clips to hide the unsightly cuts. The problem with this procedure is that the insulation is free to move around every time the door opens and closes and does not give any additional strength to the door. If you are in the market to purchase a middle of the line 2″ insulated door look for a door that has the insulation bonded to the back of the door with a hybrid polyurethane adhesive. This gives the door the additional strength that is needed to prevent the door from cracking.

These are a couple of things that you need to be made aware of. When you’re ready to invest in a new garage door, or replace the broken one, give us a call. We will be happy to go over all of your options and the pricing associated with new garage doors. We have serviced San Clemente for over 35 years, and have built up a great reputation!

What Our Customers Have to Say

Garage Repair
I was more than pleased with the outstanding service and professionalism of Ed Aguilar, the owner. He came as soon as I called, gave me a very reasonable quote and when I accepted – gave me a time for installation – and hit it right to the minute. The installation was amazing in its efficiency. Not only does Ed provide honest and on time service, he is exceptionally personable and is a man one feels at home with and can trust. I can only speak of him with superlatives. I recommend him without reservation-and with enthusiasm
Written by: Jerry Shelton
Garage Installation
Date published: 11/14/2012
5 / 5 stars

Garage Door Spring Repair
I was more than pleased with the outstanding service and professionalism of Ed Aguilar, the owner. He came as soon as I called, gave me a very reasonable quote and when I accepted – gave me a time for installation – and hit it right to the minute. The installation was amazing in its efficiency. Not only does Ed provide honest and on time service, he is exceptionally personable and is a man one feels at home with and can trust. I can only speak of him with superlatives. I recommend him without reservation-and with enthusiasm
Written by: Mike Handian
Garage Door Spring Repair
Date published: 06/13/2011
5 / 5 stars

Garage Door and Opener Installation
Called Ed about a broken spring. He came over just 10 minutes later. It took him about a half hour to replace the old springs and put in the new ones. Very friendly and knowledgeable. Only minor issue is that he didn’t accept credit cards.
Written by: Gregg Mapes
Garage Door and Opener Installation
Date published: 11/19/2011
5 / 5 stars

Garage Door Repair San Clemente CA
I had called so many companies and many never came. When I called Ed at American Empire Garage Door he came right away and he gave me the best advice. Everything he told me was spot on right. He came back later the same day with heavy gauge springs, made some adjustments and the price was reasonable. Thank to Ed, we were able to open the San Clemente Spiritual Center and we can open up the big door now for events during the summer. Ed is my hero!
Written by: Ann Hale
Garage Door Repair
Date published: 04/18/2011
5 / 5 stars

Garage Spring Replacement Orange County
Great and friendly service. Ed came out the same morning I called, hung around while we waited for my wife to return with the car keys, then did a good job of replacing the broken spring. It took Ed less than 45 minutes to complete the job and was well priced.
Written by: Nigel P.
Garage Door Spring Replacement
Date published: 11/06/2010
5 / 5 stars

Garage Repair Orange County
I left Ed a message on Saturday morning and he returned my call in less than an hour. He came to the house at 10am on Sunday and had repaired, cleaned and greased our garage door before 11:30am. The door works perfectly and with the upgraded springs, it should last for many many years. Ed did a fantastic job at a great price and I did not have to stay home from work during the week to get the repair completed. I would refer Ed to anyone needing garage door work!
Written by: Richard S.
Garage Repair Service
Date published: 06/15/2010
5 / 5 stars

Garage Door Installation San Clemente
Best of the bunch. Just built a new garage shop in Orange County and what an ordeal! The trades a little down with the lack of housing jobs so I’ve had lots of choices when it came to hiring sub-contractors. I talked to a lot of guys in a lot of trades. Had a really good stucco guy, good electrician, great concrete guy, etc. There were a bunch of good garage door companies out there and I got enthusiastic estimates from several. American Empire Garage Door just came out on top. I could have used three door companies in San Clemente and got a good door and had been done with it, but by the time I’d gotten to the final touches I was getting pretty good at judging installers and Ed just stood out a little bit above the rest.I wanted a heavy duty track, hinges, etc and of course the best door I could get. Ed was knowledgeable and helpful and worked with me to get exactly what we wanted – and our new door looks fantastic and works perfectly. Ed was on the job site- working with his two guys – and doing the little tweaks that made our door job so nice. I’ll never build another garage again, but if I do, I’ll hire Ed.
Written by: Jim D.
Garage Door Installation
Date published: 05/24/2010
5 / 5 stars

Garage Door Service Laguna Beach
Good old fashion quality service. I had American Empire Garage Door install a 2 car and a 1 car garage door last week at my Laguna Beach home. Ed and his crew did a fantastic job. American Empire was the first company I called to get an estimate and Ed spent nearly an hour with me explaining the different types of doors that I could choose from. He even brought samples of the doors so I could see them in person. I had a list of questions written down and he answered them all very well. After speaking with Ed I was well informed about garage doors. He explained to me that my installation was not a typical one and explained to me what he had to do. I told him I was going to get other estimates and did not pressure me to buy. I got 4 other estimates from other companies and I immediately disqualified 2 of them because I knew more about installation base don my time spent with Ed than they did. I called Ed back and he spent another 35 minutes with me answering additional questions. Ed and his crew showed up on time and finished the job at the time he said he would. I would be happy to tell my friends and neighbors about the high quality of service that American Empire provides. The quality and attention to detail that he showed is hard to find these days.
Written by: Jack R.
Garage Door Service
Date published: 05/18/2010
5 / 5 stars

Garage Door Repairs Orange County
No bells and whistles – just got the work done! I called Ed around 11am to get a quote on installing a coded keypad for our garage. He came out 2 hours later, installed exactly what I needed and got the job done. Courteous and professional. I’d use him again without hesitation.
Written by: Shawn E.
Garage Door Repairs
Date published: 05/10/2010
5 / 5 stars

Garage Door Installation
We researched and compared different garage door repair companies in Laguna Beach while looking for someone to install a new garage door for us. A couple months alter when we decided to move forward, we called Ed and he came out to make sure everything was ready for the install and do a final check. He was very knowledgeable and friendly. On the day of installation he and his crew arrived on time and were very professional. Made us feel very comfortable during the whole process. Couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Would highly recommend to friends and family.
Written by: Heather K.
Garage Door Installation
Date published: 05/02/2010
5 / 5 stars

Garage Door Repair Laguna Beach
Ed and American Empire Garage Door are a real find. I had a broken torsion spring and needed a quick repair. I received and honest, no-nonsense quote over the phone, and an on-time arrival and first-rate work. Good value. Well done.
Written by: Matt M.
Garage Door Repair
Date published: 04/22/2010
5 / 5 stars

Garage Repair Orange County
I called at least 4 other local garage door repair companies and Ed was the most affordable as well as the most professional. After I described the problems I was having with my garage doors, he thoroughly explained what he thought was wrong and how much it would cost to repair. He did not try to up-sell me on additional services. He was able to schedule an appointment quickly and even showed up early. As he made the repair he explained why it broke and how to prevent it from occurring in the future as well as provided some general maintenance tips. I have high expectations and am typically disappointed with service providers, but was extremely pleased with this experience and would recommend Ed’s services to my friends and neighbors.
Written by: Miranda G.
Garage Door Repair
Date published: 04/16/2010
5 / 5 stars

Garage Service
Received same day service. Knowledgeable, pleasant and professional. Price was significantly less than another estimate for the same work. Highly recommend.
Thanks Ed!
Written by: Jon S.
Garage Service
Date published: 04/09/2010
5 / 5 stars

Garage Repair
Ed came by on a Saturday. He was very professional, did a good job explaining the problem and how the garage door works. He was prompt in getting the repair completed. While he was here, we tested the work done, and everything worked flawlessly. Ed has offered to help out if things don’t work out properly for some reason. Thank you, Ed!Thanks Ed!
Written by: Jill Neutz
Garage Repair
Date published: 03/27/2010
5 / 5 stars

Garage Opener Repair Orange County
I called American Empire Garage Door at about 2pm, expecting service the next day. Instead, the service rep came by and I got my garage opener repaired the same day by 5:30pm. Very professional and knowledgeable. Explaining what caused the problem and what to look for in the future. Highly recommended.
Written by: S. Lam
Garage Opener Repair
Date published: 03/19/2010
5 / 5 stars

Great service, great price, great guy
Called American Empire Garage Door late on a weekend night, left a message and Ed called back first thing the next day. He was here when he said he would b here, did a first rate job on the repair, explained to us what went wrong and what he was going to do to fix the trouble. It would have been very easy to “upsell” us but Ed is honest and reliable.
We were extremely pleased.
Written by: Erica M.
Garage Door Repair<
Date published: 02/23/2010
5 / 5 stars
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