Should You Replace Your Garage Door Opener?

If you’re like many Americans, you rely on the garage door to get into your home. How do you know when to replace the garage door opener? You could wait until it breaks down completely, but that could result in an inconvenient emergency replacement. It’s better to learn the top four reasons to replace the garage door opener and complete this task sooner rather than later.

Reasons to Replace the Garage Door Opener


Garage doors manufactured after 1993 have an important feature that older doors lack called safety reversal. Two sensors about six inches from the ground have an invisible light beam passing between them. When this beam is interrupted while the garage door is closing, it immediately reverses and opens again. This can help prevent injury.

If your garage door opener doesn’t have this safety feature, or the sensors you have no longer work, this could be a good time to replace the garage door opener.

Noisy Operation

Have you ever been woken up by the garage door opener when a family member returns home late at night? Does the noise send a rumble throughout the house? If so, you probably have a chain-drive opener. A new screw-drive or belt-drive garage door opener will most certainly operate quieter.

Security Concerns

All garage door openers operate with a code. Older models use a fixed code to send a signal from the remote to the opener. Thieves figured this out and developed a special device to cycle through codes and find the one your opener is using, allowing them to open the door without a remote.

On the other hand, new garage door openers use a “rolling code” to change it every time the door operates. Find out if your garage door opener uses a fixed code and consider replacing it with a newer rolling code model.

Keyless Entry

Does your garage door have a keypad on the exterior? This handy feature lets you enter without keys. If your garage door lacks a keypad, you may be able to add one. If not, this could be a good reason to upgrade. You can even look into newer pads with fingerprint detection for added security.

Garage Door Opener Services in Southwestern OH

If you need garage door services in the Cincinnati area, we can help. Does your situation indicate that now is when to replace the garage door opener, or are you unsure? Whatever your situation, contact Overhead Door Co. of Greater Cincinnati™ to compare replacement options!

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