You bought a home about 15 years ago with an overhead garage door. You have had to repair the opener 3 or 4 times since then. You just paid $100 a month ago for a repair and now there is another problem! How long should a garage door opener last? Is it time to replace it?
Garage door openers tend to last a long time…some 20 years. If you are paying out $100 each month, it’s pretty obvious you should make arrangements for its burial! There are, however, some good reasons to consider replacing an opener even if it appears to be working fine. Here are a five questions to ask yourself:
1. Does the opener have a safety reversal?
Since 1993, reversal mechanisms have been required to be present on all garage door openers. If your opener was installed before 1993 yet still appears to be working fine, or if this feature no longer works, it should be replaced. This safety feature senses when objects pass underneath the door while in operation and will automatically reverse. Children, pets, and cars can be saved from serious harm, as the door will immediately stop and reverse.
2. Does your garage door opener wake you (and the neighbors) up at night?
If so, better to keep your neighbors as friends and install a new opener! A new opener will almost certainly be quieter.
Many older garage door openers employ a chain drive. If you can see something that looks like a bicycle chain near the motor unit of your opener, consider replacing it with a screw drive or belt drive garage door opener. But even a newer model chain drive unit should not be as noisy as the older models.
3. Does your remote use a fixed code?
Older remote controls function with a fixed code and someone with a special device could sit outside your house, find the code, and break in. Now garage door openers come with a rolling code feature. It changes the code every time the unit is used. Duplicating the code is no longer possible.
4. Do you still use a key to open your garage door?
Nowadays, a keypad is mounted outside the garage that opens the door when you enter the correct code. You may be able to buy a keypad to install with your existing garage door opener. If not, though, this might be a good reason to upgrade. Plus, some newer keypad units eliminate the need to remember a code. They operate by touch, using fingerprint detection to open the door. Just another great safety feature.
5. Does your garage door opener have battery backup?
Power outages are a very real and serious problem for the homeowner without a battery backup! To be unable to leave home in an emergency because the door won’t open can be devastating. A battery backup system that will kick in automatically when you lose electrical power and is definitely worth considering as you contemplate replacing your garage door opener.
Geauga Door carries the most up to date models of safe, reliable garage door openers. If you aren’t sure whether you should replace yours or not, give us a call. We are the area’s oldest overhead door company. Since 1967 we have been serving customers and have worked with all makes and models of door openers both old and new.
We can handle any job, large or small!