Reasons To Replace Your Old Garage Door Opener

Here Are Some Reasons To Replace Your Old Garage Door Opener

Does your old garage door opener look like something used by Fred Flintstone? Do you have to go through all sorts of contortions with your opener to finally get your door to open or close? Then here are some good reasons that make you think seriously about changing your old garage door opener.

First of all, some facts

To start, it is good to take note of some everyday realities concerning garage doors that often go unnoticed:

  • Did you know that almost 70% of people use their garage door as a point of access their house?
  • It may be when your kids leave for school in the morning or come home at the end of the day at times when you’re not around.
  • Sometimes it’s when you are doing outdoor work around the house.
  • If could be simply when parking your car.
  • Did you know that a garage door is the largest moving object in a home?
  • If your old garage door opener uses a remote programmed with dip switches that you move up and down into +, 0 and – positions, then it is missing a second automatic reversal system, one based on photoelectric sensors (UL 325 standard).
  • Electric door openers manufactured before 1993 are also not equipped with a system to prevent the copying of the code of your remote.

In addition, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find replacement parts for these door openers as safety standards and manufacturing techniques have changed significantly.

Electric garage door openers have come a long way since 1993. They provide more safety and, since 2014, they come with the latest technology in regards to inter-communication.

Safety comes first

  • Since 1993, it has been mandatory for garage door openers to come with two automatic reversal systems. The first one is mechanical and the second is based on photoelectric eyes. For the first, if it is adjusted correctly when the bottom of the descending edge touches an object or person, the door must reverse automatically. In the case of the second, it consists of two units installed on each side of the door with an invisible light beam being sent across the threshold of the door, a similar technology to that used to open entry doors on supermarkets. If a person or an object breaks the beam as the door descends, it automatically reverses direction.
  • Starting in 1996, garage door openers have used what is called “rolling code” protection in their operation. This system, called Security+ by Liftmaster (or Chamberlain’s labels), stops anyone from stealing the communication code between your remote (the transmitter) and the opener motor (the receiver). How does it work? It’s simple. Each time you use your remote, it automatically changes its access code. There are more than a billion possible codes thus making it impossible for someone to pick up your signal and get into your garage with a stolen code.
  • If you live in an area where power outages happen more often than you’d like, be aware that you can equip your door opener with a backup battery.

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