So many folks will readily list off the old adage “don’t fix it if it ain’t broke,” but that only works as a good guideline if everybody involved has a proper understanding of the definition of “broke.” Sometimes, it can make sense to update something that is strictly speaking not “broken,” in order to access features you previously couldn’t use. When it comes to garage door openers, those newer features are mostly centered around safety tricks. A new garage door opener can be the difference between suffering a potential robbery and avoiding it entirely. For some things, there aren’t ways to rationally approach the decision of upgrading that item, but for garage door openers, there are a litany of reasons.
We know this may seem like a strictly cosmetic issue, but think of all those times you’ve woken up to the sound of the garage door opener as your housemates leave early in the morning on Saturday. Have you thought about what it might be like to not have to wake up to that sound every morning? The truth is, if you get a new garage door opener of any kind it’ll probably be much quieter, even if it’s a chain operated mechanism rather than the uber quite belt garage door openers. Not sure what kind of garage door opener you have now? Peek at the area around the motor and if you see a bicycle chain you’ll know it’s one of the vaguely primitive models of chain garage door openers. If you’re interested in quitting things down quite a bit, you might consider dropping the cash for a belt or even a screw operated garage door opener to see significantly quieter results.
If you bought your house before 1993 and haven’t re-installed a new garage door opener yet, it’s likely that your model is highly lacking in safety features. In 1993, garage door openers started getting held to higher standards and were now required to have a safety reversing mechanism installed with them. You’ll know if your opener has one of these because you’ll be able to glimpse the two sensors on either side of your garage door, resting about 6 inches above the ground. They’re meant to sense when there’s an obstruction of any kind and immediately reverse the door before the garage door snaps downward onto it. When anything interrupts the sensors’ communication with each other, it’ll stop the door and pull it up. If you find that your garage door no longer has this very important safety feature or that feature doesn’t appear to be working any longer, it’s better just to invest in a new garage door opener altogether.
Not sure if you’re in need of a new garage door opener? Door Doctor is happy to drop by your Cape Coral home and examine your garage door opener to ensure it’s in tip-top shape. We can help illuminate whether your garage door opener merely needs repairs or if it would be better to invest in a brand new opener. If you find that your garage door opener is unsatisfactorily functioning, feel free to reach out to us. We can diagnose the issue and have it fixed in no time whether through the avenues of garage door opener repair or garage door opener replacements.