Over time, your garage door opener can become weak and be in need of replacing. It can damage your entire garage door assembly to continue using an opener that needs to be replaced. Here at Neighborhood Garage Door Service of Toledo has a few recommendations for you as to when it is time to get a new one installed.
1. The Year it Was Manufactured
The 1993 CPSC rule stated that all garage door openers needed to have a reversing mechanism. The features uses two sensors that are installed on the sides of the door. If something gets in the way of the sensors, it will cause the door to stop closing and to actually go back up.
If your opener was installed before this ruling, it is not within the safety requirements that are necessary for your home. It is best that you have your garage door opener replaced with a model that fits this standard for the safety of your family.
2. If You Don’t Have a Keypad Outside
Newer garage door remotes come with a keypad that is on the outside of your home. This will allow you to input a code to get in your garage. Having a keypad is a great solution for your family so that you do not have to keep up with as many keys or remotes.
For example, if you have children that are coming home while you are away, they can simply use the keypad to get in the house. Also, if you have kids that are driving and need to get in the garage, you wouldn’t have to give them a remote.
It can also be beneficial if you need someone to get in your house while you are away. The code can be changed at any time for security purposes.
3. No Battery Backup on Your Current Opener
When the power goes out, you will not be able to get your door opened. That can cause real problems when you are trying to get to work or other locations when the power is out. With a battery backup, it will open the door in the event your power is not working.
While your power is out, you can open your door many cycles, so you won’t have to open it once and leave it open. A battery backup allows you more safety in the event of a power outage.
4. Not Enough Security
On older garage door openers, the security features are relatively low. Older models can have the code easily stolen for a burglar to enter the premises. That is why it is best to go with a newer opener that has the added security features that will keep your code from being stolen.
If you are unsure of the security features of your current model, be sure to call Neighborhood Garage Door Service of Toledo so that we can let you know. Our team can answer your questions regarding those features and suggest the upgrades that you may need to go with.
5. Too Noisy
Older openers can cause your garage door to be very noisy as it opens. When it is loud, it can wake the people in your house as well as become a nuisance to the neighbors.
A newer garage door opener can fix the noise issues that you are dealing with. They are designed with quieter drives and chain belts.
These are some of the reasons that you should consider upgrading your garage door opener. If you are unsure whether or not you need to change, call Neighborhood Garage Door Service of Toledo today. We will send a tech to your home to determine if you are in need of an upgrade.