When to Replace Your Garage Door Opener: Safety Features and Additional Benefits of a New Garage Door Opener

Garage door openers have come a long way over the past few decades. Garage door openers today are safer –and quieter- than ever before.

One thing that most garage door openers have in common is their ability to last for a long time without needing replacement. But even though your older garage door opener might still open and close your garage door with ease, you may want to consider an upgrade. Garage door openers today have safety features and security options that older garage door openers just don’t have.

Here are some features of new garage door openers, and reasons why you might want to consider having your garage door opener replaced.

Safety Features

Many older garage door openers don’t have the kind of safety features that newer garage door openers have. If your garage door was installed before 1993, you may want to consider having your garage door opener replaced. This is because garage door openers before 1993 didn’t come with required safety features.

Safety is always a concern, especially with children and animals around. A heavy garage door could cause devastating damage that could be avoided with an upgraded garage door opener. Newer openers have safety features that automatically reverse the garage door if it comes in contact with something underneath.

Security Features

With security features such as back-up battery systems and “rolling codes” a new garage door opener can offer you optimal security. Battery back-up systems offer the option to still operate, even if the power were to go out. In the case of emergency, you will still be able to open the garage door should the power go out.

Older garage door openers usually operate with a fixed code, making it possible for your garage door to be opened -accidentally or purposely- by another garage door opener remote. Newer garage door openers however, are safer than ever and operate on a rolling code system, where the entry code is updated each time the door is opened, making it more difficult to “accidentally” open the wrong garage door.

Older garage door openers are also known to be noisy, and obnoxious – since they mostly are chain operated. Newer garage doors are belt driven, reducing the noise factor and making it less easy to “alert the neighbors” when you arrive home late at night!

For more information on a garage door in Denver, or to find out how affordable a garage door opener upgrade can be, visit the Garage Door Doctor www.denvergaragedoctor.com.

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