Garage doors are fairly simple mechanisms that will last for years, but they won’t last forever. Here are some signs that it might be time to replace your garage door opener.
You Don’t Have a Safety Reversal Feature
Since 1993, all garage door openers are required to have a safety reversal feature. This mechanism relies on a beam between two sensors located about six inches above the floor on either side of the door. If anything breaks this beam while the garage door is lowering, the door immediately reverses. If your garage door opener doesn’t have this feature, consider buying a new model.
Your Garage Door Opener is Too Loud
Any device with moving parts is bound to make at least a little noise, but modern garage door openers are designed to be as quiet as possible. If your current garage door opener is making too much noise when it works, invest in a screw drive or belt drive model as these will be a lot quieter than the older chain drive models.
You Don’t Have a Rolling Code for Your Garage Door Opener
The remote controls of older garage door openers functioned with fixed codes that could be cracked by savvy thieves, making them major security risks. Newer models utilize a rolling code that changes every time your remote control is used. Since they’re so much harder to duplicate, they’re much safer than older models.
You Don’t Have a Battery Backup
Older garage door openers were all but impossible to use if there was a power outage. Homeowners were completely blocked from using their garages when they didn’t have power, but modern garage door openers have a battery backup system that will let you at least open your garage door and drive somewhere else if you lost power.
Contact Bailey Garage Doors today for all of your garage door opener and garage door needs.