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Top 4 Reasons to Replace Your Old Electric Garage Door Opener

Garage Door OpenerIs your garage door opener seriously outdated? Does it increasingly suffer from problems with effective operation? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, below are the top reasons to replace your old garage door opener with a new one.

A Newer Garage Door Opener Would be Safer

Innovation has resulted in some significant changes in garage door openers through the years, and increased safety is one of them. Prior to 1993, there was only one auto reversal system on garage door openers. The system was the “mechanical” type in which the garage door will reverse directions if it comes into contact with a person or object as the door is lowering. One of the shortcomings with this system is that few people apply diligence to checking on the reversal function, to ensure that it is still in operation.

Many people have been hurt and some have been killed because a garage door opener continued to fully lower the heavy garage door, even though contact with a person was made. The weight of the door has crushed children and caused serious injuries to adults.

With today’s systems, there are two safety features. The first is the same, as mentioned above, and the second involves the use of two sensors or photo eyes. One is placed on either side of the garage about 4 to 6 inches off the ground, and they are aligned so that they transmit a beam of light to each other. If something breaks the connection between the two sensors, the garage door automatically reverses directions and goes back up.

With a New Garage Door Opener, you Can Prevent Intruders

Beginning in 1993, new technology has been used on garage door openers that prevents remote control codes from being stolen. Previously, door openers had a signal that could easily be received by individuals intending to gain access to a home and burglarize it.

With the new “rolling code” technology, each time the remote is pressed, a whole new code is generated for the very next use. Millions of codes are possible, which mean that garage door opener remote controls can no longer make homes vulnerable to being invaded.

You can have a Garage Door Opener with Smart Technology

The advanced technology behind smartphones and tablets is now connected to some garage door openers. With this feature, you can operate your garage door opener using your smartphone. For instance, if someone you know needs to get into your home through the garage, you could open the garage door anytime from wherever you are in the world. You can also get notifications anytime the garage door opens or closes.

Garage Door OpenerWith a New Garage Door Opener, You Can Reduce the Noise

Garage doors can make a lot of racket when opening and closing with a garage door opener, especially when the opener operates using a chain drive. Much quieter garage door openers are now available. They use rubber belts reinforced with metal fibers. Garage door openers that use rubber belts are much quieter. If there is a bedroom above the garage, you probably already know that quieter would be a big improvement.

If you’re ready to get the benefits of a new garage door opener or if you need repair, contact Safeway Garage Doors at 863-701-9779 today.