While many people don’t think about replacing their garage door opener until it no longer functions, there are actually quite a few reasons why you might want to replace it prior to its inoperation. Before we take a look at reasons you may want to replace your garage door opener, let’s step back with an estimate of how long openers typically last.
For context, when we say “garage door opener” we’re actually referring to the machinery that opens and closes your garage door; they’re typically installed on the ceiling of your garage. While most garage door openers will last anywhere from 10-15 years, unless you know exactly when your garage door opener was installed, it could break anytime.
The best way to prolong the life of your garage door opener is with professional maintenance like inspections, lubrication, door balancing, and reversal tests. With regular maintenance, your garage door experts will also be able to tell you if your opener is experiencing issues that could lead to inoperation; they can also share other reasons you may benefit from a new garage opener.
Why Should You Replace Your Garage Door Opener?
Besides inoperation, there are quite a few other reasons you may want to replace your garage door opener.
Garage Door Safety
Depending on the age of your garage door opener, it may not have the sensors or other protection devices that newer garage door openers come with standard. If your garage door opener is from 1990 or earlier, it will not have these invaluable safety features.
Besides inoperation, most homeowners would find that excessive noise is the most annoying part of their garage door opener. New models are almost always going to be quieter, which can come in handy if your home has bedrooms or an office in close proximity to the garage.
Many older garage door openers rely solely on electricity and while most of the time this is fine, in the case of an electric outage, you will be out of luck. Newer models on the other hand have battery backups that you can rely on in the case of an emergency.
Whether it’s time to replace your garage door opener, or if you want to stay on top of opener maintenance to prolong the life of your garage door opener, give our team of experts at Andrews Overhead Doors a call today! We will be able to provide recommendations for the best garage door opener solutions for your unique situation.