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Most people don’t spend time thinking about replacing their garage door opener. So long as the garage door properly opened and closed the last time you left the house it doesn’t need to be replaced, right?

It’s true; most openers have a pretty long lifespan. On average they’ll last you 10-15 years, or possibly longer if they’re well maintained and taken care of. Still, there comes a time when you should consider replacing and updating your opener, and there are a few signs that you’ll notice when that time comes around.

Here are 4 reasons it’s time for you to update your garage door opener:

1. Don’t Wake the Neighbours

Is your garage door so loud it wakes your neighbours? Older styles of garage openers used a chain drive system to open the door, and the rattling of that chain is what makes all the noise. Newer models, however, are typically extremely quiet.

While some new openers still use a chain system, that chain is much quieter than older models. However, belt-drive garage door openers are far more common in newer models, and these are even quieter. The DC motor system in LiftMaster® models is among the quietest and most energy efficient opener system, which is why C&W Canada offers a range of their products to choose from.

Not sure what you have?

If you want to know if you have an old chain drive opener, check near the motor of your opener. If you see something that looks like a bicycle chain, you probably have an older model.

2. Keep Your Family Safe

Since the 90s, garage doors have included some extra safety features. For example, there’s the automatic reversal system, which stops your garage door from closing if anything is in the way. This keeps your children and pets safe if they ever run through the closing door.

The automatic reversal system has two sensors about 6 inches above the ground on either side of the door. If there’s anything blocking or running through the laser while your garage door is closing, it will automatically stop and reopen. If your garage door opener is older than 1993, it’s probably time to consider replacing it for your family’s safety.

3. Keep Intruders Out

Did you ever have a remote garage opener that also opened your neighbour’s garage door? That’s because they used the same code. When you use a remote garage door opener, a signal is sent from the remote to the opener. Old openers used a single code to open your garage door, making it pretty easy for other people to access the code and walk into your garage.

Another advancement introduced in the 90s is something called ‘rolling codes’. A remote with a rolling code system generates a new code every time you open your garage door. This makes it much more difficult for intruders to pick up your garage door opener’s code and keeps your family and belongings safer.

4. Incorporate New Technology

We’re in the age of technology, so of course there’s a way to bring your garage door opener into the 21st century. With smart garage door openers, you can have keyless entry and can keep up to date on your garage door from anywhere in the world.

Technology has come a long way. You can now monitor and control your garage door remotely through your smartphone or tablet. C&W garage door openers have Wi-Fi integration. This means you can download an app on your phone that notifies you when your door is opened.

After reading this you might be tempted to run down to your local hardware store and replace your garage door opener. While you might be able to replace your own opener, we don’t recommend it for security and safety reasons. There’s a lot to know about garage door openers including different models, SSL certificates, and installation techniques. That’s why we’re here to help!

Talk to the experts at C&W Canada Garage Doors to see how we can help you update your garage door opener for extra comfort and safety. Contact us now for your free quote and fast, friendly service.

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