Top 5 Reasons You May Need a New Garage Door Opener

Posted Saturday, December 29th, 2018


Garage Door Openers

Is your garage door opener getting on in years? Has it been a decade or more since you’ve replaced it? If you answered yes to either of these questions, it might be time to replace it.

While replacing your garage door opener may not be top of mind, it could be prudent to replace it sooner than later. Here are the top 5 reasons you might want to consider replacing it today.

#1 Family Safety

Garage doors are likely the most overworked appliances in your home. Many of us use them as the main entrance to our homes. In addition, you may have outdoor toys and even gardening tools or workshops inside your garage. With so many uses, garage doors can get overworked.

Taking into consideration all of these garage uses, it’s important to understand how essential it is to have a safe garage door opener. It’s absolutely essential your garage door opener have two mandatory systems, photo eyes and a touch sensor. Each system will cause the doors to automatically reverse, protecting objects and people from injury.

#2 Keep Intruders Out

Garage doors can be weak links in garage security, giving intruders easy access to your home. One way to protect your garage is to choose a garage opener with built-in security features. These can include monitors, self-closing systems, and Smartphone connections.

Monitors – installing a monitor anywhere in your home will let you know when the garage door is open or closed. Some even come equipped with a button to close the door remotely.

Self-closing systems – When you forget to close the door, an opener with a self-closing system will do it for you.

Smartphone connections – The best part of Smartphone enabled garage door openers is that you can make sure the door is closed or open from anywhere in the world. Better yet, the opener can send a notification when the door opens. You know exactly when someone is trying to enter your garage.

#3 Light’s Out – Power Out

Power outages have the ability to create havoc on your garage door opener. With a newer model, you get the advantage of having a backup battery to open or close your garage door. This especially nice when the power is out for an entire day or longer. Most backup batteries can open and close a garage door over 12 times.

#4 Noise Reduction

Modern garage door openers run using rubber belts instead of chains. These models are much quieter and far less distracting. You can also swap out metal rollers for rollers made of nylon. And better yet, you might install a vibration isolator system. This uses rubber between the motor and metal brackets to keep noise at a minimum.  

#5 SMART Upgrade

As technology continues to advance, many of us have adopted all the pleasures of a truly SMART home. SMART garage door openers are no different. You can control and monitor the status of your garage door from anywhere using your SMART device.

At Cressy Door and Fireplace, we often recommend Genie, a longtime trusted manufacturer which has state-of-the art garage door openers. Take a look at the features and benefits of their top model.

Genie Aladdin Connect

A SMART Device Enabled Garage Door Controller

Monitoring who is going in and out of your garage or having the ability to use your SMART device to open the garage door gives peace-of-mind and control. The Genie Aladdin Connect does this and more. Not only can you check whether the garage door is open or closed, you can:

  • Instantly know someone is operating your garage door, whether the person is authorized or not.
  • Know when someone is manually operating your doors, so you can take necessary steps to find out who and why.
  • Open the door for anyone such as delivery or repair persons, relatives, or friends when they call or text you upon their arrival. You will no longer have to provide temporary access passwords.
  • Have a history for each opener of when the door was used including dates & times.

The Genie Aladdin Connect uses a sensor attached to the garage door itself. You are alerted when the door changes to the fully open or closed position even if the door is operated manually by disengaging the door from the opener. This is a big security advantage versus other systems that simply monitor the opener instead of the garage door position.

If you are in the market for a new garage door opener, or have questions about SMART garage door openers, give the team at Cressy Door and Fireplace a call. One of our experienced team members will be glad to assist you. Contact Cressy Door and Fireplace today!