5 Top Reasons for Upgrading an Old Electric Garage Door Opener


There is a worn out saying that manufacturers “don’t make em like they used to”. This implies that a lot of the devices and machines we use today are not as good as older models, but when speaking about garage door openers, it is entirely false.
 
If you have an older model, one dating before the early 1990s, now’s the time to commit to upgrading it. Why? We have 5 very sound reasons for making this choice, and they look at safety, innovation and reliability.

 
 

Safety First

 
As the main point of entry for most homes, the garage should also be the safest. Yet it isn’t. Though it is estimated that around 70% of people use the garage for parking, as a workshop, as storage and even as a way for kids to get in an out, not many consider the door opener.
 
At the most basic level, it should be safe and not likely to fall or cause injuries. Doors made before 1993 had only mechanical automatic reversal systems. In other words, the door doesn’t stop or reverse direction if it comes in contact with an object or person.

Since that meant no safety if that one system malfunctioned (and because of several incidents in Canada and the U.S.), authorities adding redundancy in the form of photo eyes. Both units are placed on each side of the door, about 4 to 6 in. (10 to 15 cm) from the ground and one fixture sends light to the other. If anything breaks the beam between them, the door automatically goes back up.
 
So, you need to be certain that your door opener has both parts of an automatic reversal system, and that both function fully.
 
 

Security Next

 
Did you know that a remote control opener programmed with DIP switches set in either a +, 0, or – position can be vulnerable to unscrupulous folks who know how to steal the signal and use it to get inside? Openers made after 1993 use “rolling codes” that are far more secure and advanced. When you push the button, a new code is created and becomes nearly impossible to steal. In fact, in 1993 the Chamberlain Group (including the brands Chamberlain, LiftMaster and Craftsman) began producing remotes with the Security+ system allowing for many millions of codes to be created. Then came their Security + 2.0 system in1996 offering more than 1 billion possible codes!
 
 

Connectivity is Key


The third reason involves the issue of connectivity since our modern world is one in which we expect our smartphones, tablets or laptops to be able to operate garage doors from anywhere. Chamberlain Group (LiftMaster and Craftsman) have offered the technology MyQ since 2013.
 
Additionally, since mid-to late 2017, their newest garage door openers have come with Wi-Fi technology, enabling owners to use voice commands to open and close the garage door.
 
 

Then There’s Peace and Quiet

 
Another of the benefits of the new door is that it far quieter. Chain drives, which as their names imply are systems made of chains and steel cables, can be very loud. Modern door openers that use rubber belts (reinforced with metal fibers similar car tires) are immensely quieter. They can also be fitted with white or black nylon rollers instead of metal rollers to further reduce sound.
 
A vibration isolator system that utilizes rubber between the motor and brackets that connect the unit to the ceiling reduce sound even further.
 
 

Power Outage a Thing of the Past

 
One common glitch with garage door systems is that power outages mean no use of the doors. Today, openers can be equipped a backup battery. Models such as the 8500, 8500W, 8550W and 8360W from LiftMaster arrive with this feature, and can allow you to open the door 20 times without any power.
 
 

When You are Ready to Act

 
If you are ready to update your property, begin by contacting us at (603) 833-7135. As experts in garage doors and openers, we are an ideal resource when you need advice and information about the right solutions for you. We can provide a free, online quotation, or you can visit the showroom. You can also sample many of our options using the innovative or get a lot of ideas and inspiration from the image gallery.