There is always a long list of repairs and improvements you want to do at your house. Upgrading your garage door opener might be near the bottom of that list, but sooner or later you are going to need to replace it. It will either break or you will want one that’s a bit newer, more powerful, or simply more reliable.
There are actually a lot of reasons for replacing your current garage door opener. Here are a few that are at the top of the list for the reasons why you should do it sooner rather than later.
Your Current Garage Door Opener is Acting a Bit Sluggish
The life expectancy for a garage door opener is about 10 to 12 years. It takes a lot of work for your garage door opener to lift a heavy door 2 or more times a day. When you think about how often you open the garage door, you’ll realize that the opener is getting a workout. At some point your opener will start to show some wear and tear, causing it to be a little sluggish. What do we mean by sluggish? Is it taking longer than normal for it to open and close? Is your garage door opener starting to overheat? Are you noticing wear on the belts and chains? These are all signs it might be time to replace the opener.
You Want to Hear Peace and Quiet
You can’t actually hear peace and quiet, but that is kind of the point. No one wants to listen to their garage door opener cause a ruckus. Loose, aging hardware will make your garage door opener noisier than usual, and when you start hearing that it makes the thought of a complete replacement all the more appealing.
You Need Better Security for your Garage and your House
Older garage door openers often lack the sophisticated security features that are standard on more modern openers. The newer garage door openers now come equipped with a rolling code feature which makes it much harder for someone to break in using your keypad. What the rolling code feature does is create a random code each time your garage door opens, making your door much more secure.
When you update to a new garage door opener, you may be surprised with the new features that enhance your overall convenience. There are some garage door manufacturers that have the feature to use your garage door opener from an app. Some even allow you to set your garage door opener to close the garage door automatically after a set period of time. Another newer feature is a battery backup so you won’t have to physically open the door manually during a power outage.
The seasoned experts at O’Brien Garage Doors can help you find the garage door opener that works best for your family and with your garage door. We also offer professional installation and maintenance to keep your garage door working smoothly for many years to come.