There are many reasons to replace a garage door opener; primary among said reasons is that it no longer works. However, if you have an older garage door opener, one that was manufactured before 1993, you should probably replace it even if it hasn’t broken down.
If you have a garage door opener from pre-1993 and it is still working as intended, then it has been a real champ. Yet, the truth is that good maintenance can help a garage door opener live to such an advanced age; however, all good things must come to an end at some point. Furthermore, garage door openers manufactured before 1993 often lack the crucial safety standards that were mandatory additions after that period. In 1992, the Consumer Products Safety Commission ordered that all garage door openers come with safety sensors.
These sensors are what make the doors reverse if they make contact or detect any obstruction in the door’s path. Even if you don’t have young children or a family dog running around your house that need protecting by these sensors, you want to have them for your own safety as well as the safety of that garage door investment you’ve made.
Replacing the garage door opener is even more crucial if you intend on selling your house in the near future. Home inspectors now check for these safety sensors, and if you don’t have a garage door opener with them, you will either have to replace it anyway, or pay the buyers some money so they can have it installed themselves.
If you have older models of garage door openers, it is recommended to replace them. Your safety is priceless; but if you’re still worried about the cost, please keep in mind that there’s a number of more affordable options out there for garage door openers these days. If you have an aging garage door opener and want to see it replaced, or have questions about the process, contact us today!