It is are in reality very simple gadgets that tend to have a long lifespan. One that works fine at the onset may actually hide some problems that would require replacement. Manufacturers regularly come out with innovative models that offer improved performance, convenience and safety. Technology has allowed companies to come up with innovative solutions that ultimately enhance user experience.
Below are reasons you need to consider when deciding to replace electric garage door openers .
Manufacturers are mandated by law to equip their garage door openers with a safety reversing mechanism. This mechanism uses two sensors that is about six inches above ground level on both sides of the door. When a foreign object for example a child or pet passes through the light beam that is emitted by these sensors while the door is closing, the door will be prompted to stop and would reverse the action.
If your current garage door opener is not equipped with a safety reversing mechanism, or has one but is defective, it is highly recommended that you replace it with a new one.
There are a lot of models available in the market right now that would fit everyone’s budget and preference, from top of the line brands like Hormann (which is not only ideal for Hormann garage doors but other brand names as well) to more affordable ones.
Do you the noise that is produced by your door opener to be disruptive and distracting? Most new models boast of quiet and smooth operation. You can choose from a wide array of models available in the market.
For example in the top of the line range, Hormann — which is known for the distinctive Hormann line — uses a 24V DC motor in its operators which they claim to be one of the quietest motors around.
Old models use chain drives. If upon inspection you see something that looks like a bicycle chain near the motor unit of your opener, you might want replace it with a new one. Newer ones use screw drives or belt drives that produces minimal noise.
Old door openers were easy prey to thieves. Since their remote controls use a fixed code, someone can track that code using a special device and use it to open it when you’re away.
New models use rolling code technology which automatically changes the code each time the unit is used, which makes the code almost impossible to hack or track.
The first generation did not come with keypads that you could place outside your garage. You can enter a code in the keypad that would enable you to open it even without keys.
There are companies though that sell keypads separately which you can use with your existing door opener. If your current unit does not allow this, you might want to upgrade to newer models.
There are even current models that offer state of the art fingerprint detection whereby you can open it by touching a keypad.
In cases of power failure, you might find yourself unable to operate this. Today, there are models that come with a battery backup system that would automatically turn on during power outages.