Reasons to Replace Your Old Garage Door Opener
Does your garage door opener look like it’s straight out of the ’80s? Do you worry about waking up your neighbors every time you open your garage in the morning to go to work? Do you have to perform a quasi-rain dance to get your door to open or close? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it may be time for a new garage door opener. You can’t underestimate the importance of your garage door opener. Your opener is responsible for opening and closing the largest moving component of your home, which, for nearly 70% of people, is a primary point of entry. Here are some reasons to consider replacing your old garage door opener.
Most older openers use chain drives or steel cables to raise and lower the door. Although strong and reliable, chain and cable drives create a lot of noise when opening and closing the garage door. Today’s opener manufacturers opt to utilize rubber belts instead of chains or cables, allowing for quieter operation. Similar to automobile tires, these rubber belts are reinforced with metal fibers, providing the belts with equal or greater reliability than its chain and cable counterparts.
In recent years, opener manufacturers have begun using DC-type motors rather than AC-type motors, due to their reliability. But, along with being more reliable than AC motors, DC motors are also quieter. AC motor openers begin the opening and closing process with a significant jerk as the motor hits its top speed immediately. This not only is hard on your garage door, but it can also be loud. DC motors begin the opening and closing process slowly, gradually increasing to regular speed, and then slowing down again before coming to a complete stop to prevent the door from slamming.
In the past 25 years, garage door safety has made tremendous strides. Prior to 1993, it was not required for garage door openers to have automatic reversal systems, which resulted in many garage door related accidents and injuries. But in 1993 it became a requirement for openers to be equipped with two automatic reversal systems, one mechanical and the other based on sensors. The first is triggered when the leading edge of the garage door encounters an object or person. Upon making contact the reversal system engages and automatically reverses the door. The second reversal system relies on a pair of photoelectric sensors, one located on either side of the door threshold. The two sensors are connected via an invisible beam of light, which if broken, forces the door to reverse.
Further strides in the name of protection were made in 1996 when it became mandatory for openers to utilize “rolling code” protection. This system prevents anyone from stealing the communication code between your garage door remote and the opener motor by automatically changing the access code each time the garage door is opened or closed. With more than a billion possible code combinations, this system makes it virtually impossible for anyone to break into your garage with a stolen code.
Today’s garage door openers are smarter than ever before. With technology such as LiftMaster’s MyQ®, your garage door opener is now able to connect to the Internet, allowing you to open and close your garage door using a mobile device from anywhere in the world. You can also use this technology to set up mobile alerts, so you can be notified when the garage door is being used or if you somehow forgot to close the garage door. With the ability to control your opener from across the globe and receive notifications about your garage door’s usage, you can travel with confidence.
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Don’t hesitate to contact your local garage door experts at RCS Garage Doors with any of your opener questions. We are proud to offer the latest in opener technology from industry-leading manufacturer LiftMaster, and we are sure to have the perfect opener for you.