Top Reasons Why Your Old Garage Door Opener Needs to Be Replaced

Your garage doors open and shut multiple times on a daily basis. Letting you out in the morning back in in the evening and however many times in-between that. In fact, the average garage door opens and shuts around 1,500 times per year.

As the largest moving piece in your home your garage door should be paid attention and not only to the doors themselves but the mechanism moving them up and down safely on a daily basis. Your garage door openers control your garage doors and your ability to come and go as you please.

Unfortunately, many people don’t realize garage door openers do not last forever. If your own a garage door opener that is more than 15-20 years it may be time for a replacement. So how do you know when it’s time to get your garage door opener replaced? Here are a few tips and warning signs it may be time to replace your garage door opener.

  1. 1993 CPSC Rule

In 1993, the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission established a new set of rules for automatic residential garage door openers to make them safer. This rule required that any automatic garage door opener manufacturers after January 1991 conform to the entrapment protection requirements laid out by law. The basic change was that any garage door opener was required to have a safety reversing mechanism. This protects children and small animals, if at any time during closing an object, person, animal etc. interferes with doors immediately stop and reverses.

If you have a garage door opener manufactured before the 1993 CPSC ruling it could be potentially dangerous and should be replaced. Even if you have a post-1993 unit it is important that you regularly check the safety reversing mechanism to ensure it is working properly.

  1. Noisy

Another sign you need to replace your garage door opening is if it is very noisy.  Noisy garage door openers could mean you have an outdated system. Older models were built with large noisy components while newer models use much quieter chains or belts. Not only can a noisy garage door opener be a sign of age it can be a nuisance for everyone around your garage door. You don’t want to be known around the neighborhood as the home with the noisy garage doors.

  1. Security

Home security is an extremely important part of your garage doors function. The garage is often on of the main ways to enter a home and it is essential they have proper security. Older garage door opener models had very little security features. They had fixed codes which could be easily stolen and became a popular entry for burglars. Newer models now use rolling codes which means the code changes each time the door is operated making it much more difficult for burglars to steal.

  1. Battery Powered

Having your car locked in your garage during a power outage can be extremely frustrating. Garage door openers are operated using electricity but when the electricity goes out what are you to do? New models have battery backup features which allow you to open your garage doors even during a power outage.

  1. Outside Keypad

One of the most convenient updates to newer models of garage door openers is the outside keypad. Older garage door openers had manual operations, if you want to open the door from the outside you would have to use a key. The outside keypad is much more convenient and allows you to give access to people even when you aren’t home.

If you are thinking about replacing your outdated garage door openers contact the garage door professionals at Salem Over Head Door Company. We will come to your home and replace your garage door with the latest technology in garage door openers to ensure the safety or your family and home. Contact us today to book your appointment!

Is your Garage Door Keeping Your Home Safe?

Not only can garage doors be the main point of access to your home they also often hold many valuable items from power tools, lawn movers and of course cars. This is why it is important to make sure your garage doors are safe and secure and not vulnerable to thieves.

So why is the garage door often the weak point in many homes security? Many people overlook the importance of the garage door in preserving the safety of the home. There are many ways to improve the safety of your garage doors. If you feel your garage doors are not secure enough make sure to contact the professionals as adding additional locks could cause damage to any motor and safety system already installed as well as potentially void the warranty on the product.

Older garage doors are more susceptible to forced entry. After years of regular use and wear and tear garage doors can become loose or locks can rust over. These issues allow for intruders easy access to your garage door and even your home. If you have older garage doors it may be time for a replacement. New garage doors can improve the security of your home and help you and your family feel more safe in your home.

Another way to improve the security of your home through your garage is to install a garage door closer. It is important to always be closing your garage doors but sometimes life gets in the way and you forget. You can not install garage door openers which will automatically close your garage doors after a predetermined amount of time. This way if you forget to close your garage doors one night they will automatically be shut after a certain amount of time protecting your home and family.

Is it time you replace your garage doors? It could be more than a matter of aesthetics it could be a matter of safety. A garage is often the main point of access to your home and valuables. Make sure you are taking the necessary steps to protect your home and your family.

Call Salem Overhead Door Company to find out about our garage door replacements as well as any other additional security steps you can be taking to protect your home.