3 Reasons to Replace Your Garage Door Opener

Most people don’t realize they need to replace their garage door opener until the day they’re garage door doesn’t open and their car’s stuck inside. This is an inconvenient hassle. But if you pay attention to the condition of your garage door opener and its performance, you should be able to spot the issue before it completely breaks down. Here are 3 reasons you might want to replace your garage door opener.

Your Garage Door Opener is Noisy

Any garage door opener will make a certain amount of noise. You’re lifting a hundred pound door, after all. But overtime the door will get noisier. Routine maintenance will help, but eventually you’ll just need to replace the opener. If peace and quiet is important to you, opt for a quieter model. Belt garage door openers make less noise than chain, though they are a little more expensive.

You Want a Smart Garage Door Opener

Stepping into the 21st century has its advantages. With a smart garage door opener, you can open the door with any mobile device, from anywhere. If you forget to close the door, you can close it when you’re stuck in traffic on your way to work. Delivery drivers can be given special instructions to call you so you can give them access to the door so they can safely tuck your packages inside. You can view the security of the door while you are away on vacation.

Battery Backup

In California, battery backup is required on all new garage door opener installations. But it still might be a good idea to upgrade anyway. With battery backup, you always have access to your garage door even during a power outage. The law was inspired during the wildfires a few years ago when some people had difficulty evacuating their homes due to power outages.

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Is Your Garage Door Off Track? This Will Only Get Worse

A tell-tale sign of an off track garage door usually starts with the door not opening smoothly. Is it shifting back and forth as it elevates? Is there a different audible noise as it opens up? If so, you may have a garage door with a bent track. The most important thing to understand is that this problem will only get worse. You might as well deal with it now before it becomes a real safety issue. Now, you can try to solve this yourself with a modest amount of tools and some basic research, but in this particular case it may be easier and less stressful to get the advice of local professionals.