Does Yours Need A New Opener?10/09/2013 Back To Blog
A few years ago you have found the garage door of your dreams. It was safe, it looked great on your home's facade, it was noiseless and it operated smoothly. Lately, however, something seems to be wrong. Is it time to replace your garage door opener? Here are a few points to help you decide if the time has come.
Check your opener and needs
*Is Ramona still safe? Maybe when you bought the door for your garage, your neighborhood was still a safe place and you did not have to worry about burglars. If this is no longer the case though, maybe you would prefer to research the different models with rolling code remote controls. The code changes every time you use the door, making it impossible for anyone to steal it.
*Do you have kids or pets? Garage door opener replacement might be necessary if your door is not equipped with a safety reversal system. Contemporary door openers have sensors which detect movement at the lower part of the door. This means that if your child or dog runs towards the door while it opens or closes, the door will immediately freeze and reverse. This way you can avoid potentially fatal accidents.
*Do you hate all the noise it makes? Older door operators worked with a chain, which can be pretty noisy of course. By replacing your door with a newer model, you will most certainly reduce the noise. But your door might as well be louder than usual because the overhead door springs, the fasteners, the hinges or other parts need replacement. So, do not neglect to have the mechanism thoroughly checked.
*Are you out of power relatively often? Almost all new garage door models come with a backup power system - essentially a battery - which will start working right after the power goes out. This means that you will not be locked inside the garage or be unable to go to work, because your car will be trapped inside.