Here Are Some Good Reasons To Replace Your Old Garage Door Opener

Garage door openers are relatively simple mechanisms that can last for years, but there will come a time when your garage door opener will need to be replaced. Here are some signs that will tell you when that time has come.

It Lacks a Safety Reversal Feature

Garage door openers made since 1993 have included a safety reversal feature that will raise a lowering garage door if anything gets in the way of it. Some garage door openers will stop and go into reverse if the door meets any resistance, while newer openers go into reverse if an infrared beam along the floor is broken. Both of these features are designed to stop a garage door from crushing someone or something that might get in its way. A garage door opener that lacks this feature should be replaced, especially if you have small children or pets. Then again, any garage door opener that doesn’t have a safety reversal feature was built before 1993 and is more than old enough to warrant a replacement anyway.

It’s Too Loud

Older garage doors were opened and closed with a chain drive. This worked well enough, but it was also very loud. On the other hand, newer garage door openers use a screw drive or a belt drive, both of which are much quieter than older chain drives. Even newer chain drives are usually quieter than what came before.

If you find that you cannot open your garage door without disturbing everyone in your house, you might want to consider a replacement. A noisy garage door opener might technically be working just fine, but a quieter mechanism will always be a more welcome option.

It’s Insecure

Older garage door openers were notorious for their lack of security. Yes, you did need a control or a keypad to operate a garage door opener, but they relied on one code that could be broken by a savvy criminal with the right device. Once the code to a garage door opener was cracked, it could be opened easily. Newer garage door openers rely on a rolling code that resets itself so that only a device calibrated to the opener will work. You should invest in a newer garage door opener for this reason alone, especially if you have the option of using a numeric keypad for some extra security.

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Which LED Bulbs Can I Use in My Garage Door Opener?

LED light bulbs are the way to go when you need to replace an old bulb. They last longer and work seamlessly with the remote control.

But it’s not always easy to figure out which bulb to get. Here is a look at how to determine the proper LED for your opener.

LED Is Better

LED bulbs have several advantages over other types of lights, including:

  • They last about 25,000 hours.
  • They last about 25 percent longer than compact fluorescents.
  • They don’t interfere with the communication signals from the opener to the remote.
  • They are more energy efficient than incandescents.
  • They give off little heat.
  • They don’t need to warm up and go on immediately.

The Right LED for Your Garage Door

Each manufacturer has its own specifications when it comes to garage door lights. It is critical that you follow these recommendations. If you select the wrong one, the light might interfere with signals between the remote and the opener.

Find the documentation that came with your door. Or check the manufacturer and model, then look it up online. This will show the LED bulbs that are compatible with your specific model of garage door opener.

As an example, the maker of LiftMaster, Craftsman and Chamberlain garage door specifies these types of bulbs for its lines of openers.

  • Phillips bulb #425256, 40 watts
  • EcoSmart #ECS A19CW 60W E120, 60 watts
  • EcoSmart #ECS GP19 W27 40WE FR 120 DG 2PK, 40 watt
  • CREE #BA19-04527OMF-12DE26-2U100, 40 watt
  • 3M #RRA19B4, 60 watt
  • Sylvania #72554, 60 watt
  • FEIT #BPAG800DM-LED, 60 watt
  • FEIT #R20_DM_LED, 45 watt

Confused? Ask an Expert!

Changing a light bulb really can be confusing, especially when it comes to your garage door opener. You can save time by checking with a garage door expert.

A skilled technician can come by and look at your opener. He can change the bulb and explain the type you need to get in the future.

This is a good time to schedule an inspection of your entire garage door system. Inspections and early detection of problems can save you frustration, time and money.

Contact Bailey Garage Doors for all of your garage door needs.

Top Ways to Upgrade Just About Any Garage

Although there are many ways to upgrade your garage; some ways are definitely better than others – especially if it’s not a neglected space, and you use it for more than just parking your cars.

Extra Ceiling Space

Make your garage more of a fully three-dimensional storage space by installing ledges on the ceiling that can hold storage boxes. The ledges look like I-beams, and can hold more room than you would’ve thought possible; this really declutters a house when done correctly.

Erect a Do It Yourself Work Bench on the Wall

This can be embedded right in the wall, so that you never need search for your tools again, more or less. This idea of making use of the preexisting wall can be extended to a place for all of your garden tools, as well. You’ve got at least three walls to work with, after all. Turn one entire wall into a storage space by nailing ledges to it.

Turn It Into an Extra Work Room

If you don’t need to park your vehicles in the garage, then it’s large enough to convert into an ample-sized office. Put in carpeting and build desks and cabinets into the wall. Just in case you already have an adequate office in the main house, then your garage can make a very nice home gym.

Change the Lights

Most garages have fluorescent lighting; but if you are upgrading it into an office or work room, then you should replace these with LEDs. they last a lot longer and are more efficient; plus, the right colors simulate natural light much better.

These are some of the top upgrades you’ll find in most garages; there are others, but they depend on specific uses you might have for in your particular case.

Here Are Some Good Reasons To Replace Your Old Garage Door Opener

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.

Someone stole my remote! My home and belongings are in danger! What should I do?

Garage door remote controls are among the most coveted items on burglars’ lists, and for good reason.  Such a remote essentially acts as a key to your home, or your garage at the very least. A stolen remote means a burglar can access your belongings with the push of a button, so what can you do when your remote is stolen?

As it turns out, there’s quite a bit you can do when this happens to you.

First of all, most garage door openers provide a way to disable remote controls when something like this happens. There should be a button located on your garage door motor’s housing that should do the trick. The color and appearance of this button will vary depending on the brand of garage door opener you have, but pushing and holding it for a couple of seconds should deprogram all remote controls connected to it. You can then reprogram all remote controls and keypads you have so they can still be used.

If you don’t want to go through the trouble of reprogramming all of your remaining keypads and remotes, you can always use the LOCK function on your garage door opener to disable all remotes. This won’t solve your problem if you ever unlock your garage door opener, but it will temporarily deter the thief who stole your remote in the first place. This might also come in handy if you aren’t sure if your remote was actually stolen; simply LOCK your garage door until you’ve either found your remote or you’re sure it was taken.

Of course, the best way to solve this problem is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Be proactive by locking your car doors at all times, and keep your garage door opener remote out of sight. If you have the options of placing a mini-remote on your keychain, do that instead of keeping a remote in your car. A mini-remote that you keep on your person will be a lot harder to steal than one that is kept in your car.

Please contact Bailey Doors today for all of your garage door needs.

 

Why do I need a backup battery for my garage door opener?

If you’ve ever suffered from a home power failure, you know that they are incredibly inconvenient. This is especially true if you’ve ever lost power in your home and not been able to open your garage door. In these cases, a backup battery for your garage door might be the perfect solution.

What is a Backup Battery?

A garage door backup battery is a small, 12-volt battery that will operate your garage door in the event of a power outage. The top garage door brands that now offer this option include Genie, LiftMaster, Mastercraft, Linear, and Chamberlain.

Most of these garage door systems have the backup battery inside the motor housing, and a few have the battery sitting on top. When there is a power failure, your system should continue working for as long as 24 hours as long as your battery is fully-charged.

Why a Backup Battery For Your Garage Door Makes Sense

Even if you don’t have a backup battery with your current garage door system, you can either add one or purchase a new system with an integrated battery.  A backup battery in your garage door is a good idea for several reasons.

  • Bad weather: You are no longer at the mercy of the weather and potential blackouts or brownouts.
  • Emergencies: If you have any sort of emergency when there is a power outage, you can still get out of your garage.
  • Fire: If a fire in your home knocks out electricity, your battery backup will allow you to open your garage door.

Keeping Your Backup Battery in Top Shape

Once you have your backup battery installed, you’ll want to make sure that it remains fully charged and functional so that it will work when you need it. Your garage door opener may have a warning signal that tells you when battery life is low. If not, unplug your garage door and test your backup system every few months just to be safe.  Fully recharging a backup battery should take about four hours.

Contact Bailey Garage Doors today for all of your garage door needs!