5 Reasons Why It’s Time to Replace Your Old Garage Door Opener
While you may be perfectly content with an older garage door opener that appears to be working fine, there has been a dramatic improvement in garage door safety, security, and technology in the past ten years that make them quieter and more convenient. Here are 5 reasons why it’s time to replace your old garage door opener:
1. Improve Safety
The most important reason for replacing an aging garage door opener is to improve safety, especially if you have small children or pets running around. In 1990, The Consumer Product Safety Commission published its final rule that required garage door openers manufactured after January 1, 1993, to have an automatic reversing safety feature to prevent individuals from accidentally being trapped from a closing door. Newer garage door opener models use an infrared photo sensor to detect objects in its path. When a person or object is detected, the garage door will automatically reverse.
2. Better Security
Older garage door openers used a fixed code system to enable the remote control device to communicate with the opener. But as thieves figured out a way to steal the code garage door openers switched to a rolling code system that automatically changes the code after each use. However, smart criminals were able to use a device to jams the opener frequency which prevented the code from rolling over. This allowed them to steal codes even from rolling code systems. There is good news. The latest garage door openers contain digital technology that causes the code to expire which prevents thieves from using a stolen rolling code.
3. Quieter Operation
Many people can tell how old a garage door opener is by the noise it makes (or doesn’t make). Older opener models were notoriously noisy, especially if it is a chain-drive system. Anyone opening the garage door late at night would wake up most of the house. And it is even noisier for anyone sleeping in a bedroom above the garage. As technology has improved over the last few years, the noise level has dropped considerably. But newer belt drive systems are known for their relatively quiet operation. For example, the LiftMaster 8557W is a ¾ HP belt drive opener that features the patented Motor Vibration Isolation System (MVIS®) with steel-reinforced belts for a smoother operation and super quiet performance.
4. Works During Power Outages
With most homeowners using the garage door as their main entry into the house, it is a major inconvenience when you push the button and the door won’t open or close because the power is out. This problem is a thing of the past when you replace your garage door opener with a new model like The LiftMaster® model 8360. It features an optional battery backup system that allows you to operate the garage door even when there is a power outage.
5. SmartPhone Convenience
And speaking of modern conveniences, the newer LiftMaster automatic garage door openers have MyQ built-in. This digital technology allows homeowners to monitor and operate the garage door and house lights remotely from anywhere in the world using a smartphone, laptop or PC with an Internet connection.