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Signs It Is Time to Replace Your Garage Door Opener

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A garage door opener gives you easy access to your garage. Like other components, the opener has a finite life span and, at some point, may affect the normal operations of the garage door. A garage door that will not work properly is not only inconveniencing but also a serious safety hazard.

Fix a problematic garage door immediately to ensure your safety and that of your family.

If your garage door behaves unusually or you wonder whether you should replace your garage door opener, below are sure signs that you could use a new opener.

Old Garage Door Opener 

If you have not replaced your garage door opener in more than 10 years, consider replacing the opener with a new one. Modern garage door openers come with impressive features that make accessing your garage door safe and convenient.

In particular, newer models of garage door openers come with door sensors that detect an object in the path of the door. This prevents the door from coming down and potentially hurting you, the children, or the pets.

Unresponsive Remote Control 

If your remote control takes unusually long to open the garage door or if the opener will not respond to the remote at all, the problem could be a disrupted power source or a failing opener.

First, check that the garage door opener is plugged in all the way into the power source. Other possible issues could be a burnt fuse or circuit breaker.

If the lights and circuits in the garage are not working or the circuit breaker trips too often, replace the burnt fuse or reset the circuit breaker.

If these measures fail, the culprit could be a faulty garage door opener motor. Your garage door specialist can help you determine whether you need to replace the motor or the entire opener.

Noisy Opener 

Strange noises in your garage are not only unsettling but also an indication of problems with the garage door opener.

Look out for clicks and whirring sounds. These could be coming from a faulty motor. Also, the type of opener you have could contribute to the noise. Ask your garage door vendor about replacing your opener with a quieter version.

Bear in mind that odd sounds could also be due to problems with other components of the garage door such as the springs.

Regardless of the source of noise, have a specialist check your door immediately to prevent additional safety and mechanical problems with the garage door. 

Faulty Garage Door Operations

If your garage door will not open properly, close smoothly, or stay closed, the problem could be a failing opener.

A faulty opener could leave your door stuck halfway. This is particularly dangerous because the door could come down crashing suddenly. An open garage door may also expose your home to intruders.

Another problem you may encounter is a garage door that starts to close only to bounce back up again. If this happens, the culprit could be a malfunctioned garage door opener or a faulty photo eye sensor.

Your garage door specialist can examine and service the sensors or determine if the opener needs complete replacement. 

Replacing your old garage door and adding a new garage opener will pay for itself in terms of improved home security, garage door safety, better home value, and enhanced curb appeal. Always work with a reputable garage door company to repair and replace garage doors and related components.

At Zumwalt Corporation, we recognize that your home is a significant investment. We supply superior garage door products and services to keep your family and possessions safe. Call us today to find out about our quality garage door openers.