It’s time to resell your home and you’re looking for small upgrades that are easy to do but will help your home sell. Or, maybe you just want a Saturday project that will make your life a little easier. Whatever the reason may be, one of the simples upgrades is to replace an old garage door opener—even if it works fine.
If you’re on the fence and aren’t sure if you should replace an existing garage door opener, here are 5 reasons why you should.
Safety is the number 1 most important factor when deciding whether not you need to get a replacement garage door opener. Did you know that in 1993, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (also known as the CPSC) created a new set of rules and guidelines for the residential garage door opener?
These rules required that any automatic garage door openers that were made after January 1, 1991 needed to follow the protection requirements that were set in the legislation.
This means that all garage doors needed to have a reversing mechanism in place so that there aren’t any incidents that lead to injury or a fatality.
This safety mechanism features two sensors that are located at either side of the garage door. There’s an infrared beam that connects the two sensors, and if at any time when the door is closing that the beam has been obstructed, the door will go back up.
If your garage door was made and installed before the 1993 ruling, then it’s very important that you replace the old garage door immediately.
Even if you do have a model with the safety feature, you’ll want to check to make sure that it’s working by placing a 2x4 under the center of the door and close the door. If it does not auto-reverse, then you need a new opener.
If you have a chain drive door opener, you’re probably well aware of how noisy it can be, not just because of the chain itself moving along the metal track, but the vibrations caused by it too. It’s not fun being woken up in the middle of a good dream because someone is coming home during the wee hours of the morning.
You can upgrade your garage door opener from a chain drive unit to one that uses a screw-drive or a belt drive. These two types of garage door openers can be a little costly (the belt drives are at the top tier, price and performance wise), but they can significantly reduce the amount of noise the opener makes.
Older garage door openers aren’t the best at keeping your home and family safe from intruders. Even if there is a keypad where you have to punch in a code, savvy burglars can use devices that pick up on radio frequencies and nab the access code.
With a modern replacement garage door opener, you’re able to increase the security of your garage door and protecting your home and family.
These newer models utilize advanced technology that will scramble the code and generate a new one each time the door is used. This feature makes it nearly impossible for intruders to steal the code and breaking into your garage.
If you’ve been having a hard time getting your garage door opener to actually open and work properly, it’s time to upgrade. While it’s true that with proper maintenance can increase the longevity of the opener, sometimes you need to know when to call it quits—you can only replace worn gears and replace or repair the remote.
By replacing and upgrading your unit, you won’t have to worry about a faulty remote, stripped gears, or being locked out when the power goes out, as most modern units also feature a battery backup system.
Older garage door openers would have a keypad inside the garage where you would have to get out of your car, go in the garage, punch in the code, and get back in your car. Sounds like a hassle, right?
When you install a new garage door opener, it may give you a keypad that can be mounted outside of the garage. This allows you to punch in the code without needing any keys or remotes. There are some keypads that do not even require a code because it can use your fingerprint instead.
What’s also nice about new garage door openers is that you can purchase a system that will allow you to sync the opener to your smartphone and you can control the door that way.
Deciding to update and replace an old garage door opener might seem like it’s a huge task and it’s going to take a long time to do, but you’d be surprised by how simple it can be. Perhaps the hardest part is choosing which opener you should purchase!
We do have a buying guide that will be able to help choose which garage door opener will be the best option for your home.
We do want to point out that before you buy anything, you should know the size of your garage door and how heavy it is. This will determine how much horsepower the motor should have.
With that said, you’ll find that with a new opener, your life may be a little bit easier—at least when it comes to the garage door!