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.
- 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.
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 Noisy garage door openers could mean you have an outdated system.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.
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.
- 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.
- 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!