When to Replace Your Garage Door Opener03/31/2017 Back To Blog
The garage door opener takes care of operating the door so you don't have to. It's a very useful piece of equipment with both electronic and mechanical parts. You can easily open your door with a single click of a button on your garage motor remote. Doing so will prompt the operator to crank up the belt, chain or screw to lift the door open, ready for your arrival or departure.
Reasons of Old Age
Everything that is advancing in age starts to breakdown. This happens to live creatures as well as nonliving things, especially machinery with a lot of moving, working parts. This is caused primarily by accumulation of wear and tear that lead to extensive damage of working parts and loss of structural integrity. So, if your opener has been around for about 15 years or so, maybe it's about time to get a new one.
Lack of Safety
If your opener has been around longer than you would like to admit, it may lack some safety features that are standard on modern door operators. The most important is the automatic safety reverse system which "senses" something or someone caught between the door and the floor and quickly responds by lifting the door back up again. This is a crucial feature to have especially if you have pets or small children running around.
Being a Neighborhood Nuisance
Your neighbors may be enjoying a few Zs when suddenly the grating and clanking sound of your opener yanks them out of their precious sleep. They may try to be polite about it and try to live with it but eventually, if it continues, you're going to have an awkward conversation with one or two of your neighbors. Being the neighborhood pest is certainly not something you would want to be especially when the reason is as easily remedied as a noisy door opener. A screw or chain drive garage door opener is usually the culprit for the noise because many large metal pieces grind together. Don't be that guy that everyone hates in secret (or not so secret), consider a new opener installation today.