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Top Reasons to Replace Your Garage Door Opener

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If you have a garage door system at your home, you probably already realize how valuable the equipment is to your day-to-day life. But imagine if the same system could become even more convenient, secure and easy to use. If you choose to upgrade with a garage door opener replacement, you’re sure to love the investment in no time for its countless benefits.

Safety Reversal Systems

Garage door openers today must be equipped with safety reversing mechanisms — a requirement since 1993. Two sensors rest on both sides of the door about six inches from the garage floor, and the light beam they create during door operation senses anything under the door, such as people, objects and pets. If anything is in the way, it’ll reverse and open to help you avoid damage or injury. New openers will always have this feature, so if yours doesn’t you should upgrade right away.

Lower Noise Content

With older garage door openers, it’s not uncommon for family members inside the home to wake up every time the door opens and closes. New openers are almost always quieter than old ones, especially with models like belt drives that offer smoother operation than chain drives. With the right model, you’ll be able to open and close your door at any time without disturbing anyone in the home.

Battery Backup Systems

If you’re like most people with a garage door system, you probably use your door several times throughout your day, which means power outages throw a serious wrench into your plans. But with a new garage door opener, the battery backup will kick in if electrical power is lost, keeping your day running smoothly even in the worst conditions.

New Features for Security and Convenience

Many new openers come equipped with the latest technology, which provides features that never could have existed with older models. MyQ® from LiftMaster®, for example, allows you to operate your door remotely from anywhere with an internet connection. You can use your phone to track when your door opens and closes and operate it from anywhere.

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In addition, you can opt for a keypad that uses fingerprint detection and allows you to open your door by touch, making the entire system more secure from intruders.

Your Garage Door Opener Won’t Work

When you press the button that should signal the opening of your garage door, the last thing you want to see is your sealed door — closed shut and remaining in place. While remote controls are useful compact devices that make our lives easier, you may find yourself one day wondering why your trusted little opener isn’t operating properly. Luckily, the solution to malfunctioning remotes is often simple and requires fast and easy repair options that won’t break your budget or waste unnecessary time. Take a look at our list of four simple solutions you can perform when your garage door opener stops working:

Check the Batteries

Sometimes, the solution is as simple as a battery replacement. Batteries are a necessary component of ensuring your remote works efficiently and effectively. Remove the battery cover of your remote and carefully inspect your current set of batteries. If you notice any dirt, dampness or overall wear inside your battery case, you may have found the source of your problem. Unclean battery cases prevent batteries from functioning fully, keeping them from reaching the electric circuit inside. Use a cloth to clean the interior fully while replacing any batteries that have lost their charge over time.

Find a Solution to Power Outages

When a power outage strikes, any source requiring the use of electricity is temporarily restricted — including your garage door. Whether a snowstorm struck your city or your neighborhood’s power lines are currently down, power outages temporarily disrupt your everyday appliances from functioning. During a power outage, you may have to resort to manually opening and closing your garage door if entry and exit are imperative. Once the power in your home is restored, you have to ensure the proper reconnection.

Once your electricity is up and functioning again, fully close your garage door to ensure reconnection to the opener. Next, click the button on your remote signaling the opening of your door. Repeat these steps by closing your door again to realign the garage door’s arm.

Replace Your Remote

As with most appliances, your remote has a shelf life. If your remote has reached the end of its use, it may be time for a replacement. When the electric circuit inside your remote is altered in any way, your remote cannot function properly. If you’ve already checked your batteries and inspected your power sources, it may be time to look toward your remote as the source of the issue.

If your remote is shattered, broken or corroded on the inside, a replacement is both ideal and necessary. When the time comes to replace your remote, make sure to invest in the proper fit that will operate with your current system. Consider investing in two remotes in case one becomes misplaced or broken in the future.

Inspect the Surrounding Area

If your garage door won’t open with the ease of your remote, you may find yourself facing an unplugged motor unit. Inspect your surrounding area to ensure every component of your garage system is fully in place. When your garage’s power source isn’t fully plugged into the socket, it may prevent your garage door from functioning with ease. Sometimes, the solution is as simple as plugging in any unplugged cords fully back into their sockets.

Choose Ole and Lena’s Garage Doors: Authorized LiftMaster® Distributors

If you’ve decided it’s the right choice to replace your garage door opener or remote, we’ll help you find the perfect options for you, your family, your home and your lifestyle. Once you’ve decided, our expert technicians will install your new opener and can service your entire garage door system throughout its lifetime, offering 24/7/365 emergency support along the way. Contact us now to get your garage door opener replacement underway!

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