Garage door openers come with a reasonably simple mechanism and are long-lasting. Most openers can function optimally between 10 to 15 years after their installation. Many garage door companies also claim that regular maintenance of garage springs and rollers have enabled their clients even to get a 20-year shelf life of their garage door openers. Although your garage door opener is working well, there may still be some good reasons to consider replacing it. New models in garage door openers offer improved safety, security and convenience. Here are more reasons why you may want to replace your garage door opener.

Automatic Reversal

Did you know that since 1993, all garage door openers are required to be equipped with a safety reversing mechanism? This safety reversal feature uses motion sensors that are placed approximately at a height of six inches above floor level. These sensors cover both sides of the door. The main function of this automatic reversal system is to prevent the garage door from closing and to send it on a reverse opening direction if any object passes between the sensors while the door is closing. If your garage door opener doesn’t have this safety mechanism, it is a huge safety hazard. If you have a garage door opener with this feature but doesn’t work well, consider replacing it immediately.

Noiseless Movement

Does the opening and closing of your garage door wake up your neighbours? Noise arising from garage doors opening or closing may be a sign that your garage door opener is wearing off. A new opener will make the movement quieter. The older models of garage door openers used a chain drive for supporting the opening and closing mechanism of garage doors. However, today’s doors use belts to achieve the same effect of course much more discreetly.

Improved Security

Garage doors that are old can be easy to sabotage by intruders. Even if you have a code for garage door, they are likely to be hacked by technology smart thieves. How about getting a rolling code garage door opener which uses a new code every time the unit is used. This way thieves cannot get access to your garage.

Garage door with keypads

Although older keypad integrated garage door openers did not have keypads that could be operated from outside, it was possible to use the keypad to key in a code that opened or closed the garage door. With advancement in technology, today you can use advanced featured like face detection or fingerprint detection that integrate with your garage door openers. You may want to think about replacing your garage door opener with a piece of new and modern machinery.

Battery operated

One of the biggest drawbacks of a power-driven garage door opener is that the door may fail to open if you have a power outage. Nowadays with the latest battery backup systems, the garage door openers remain functional no matter if you have power or not.


Wireless is the new way to go. Using Wi-fi and cell phone connectivity, many new garage openers allow you to open or close your garage door even from a remote location. In addition, they can also alert you in case of unauthorized access.

The latest generation garage door openers offer Wi-Fi and cell phone connectivity that allows you to open or close your garage from a remote location, or alert you when your garage door is open, no matter where you are located. A cell phone, computer, or tablet device equipped with the proper app can monitor and control the garage door. These garage door openers often come with digital controls and readouts that offer time and temperature display, motion-sensor light control, and programmed lock-down periods for the garage door.

If you are considering changing your garage door opener to a new model why not speak to the team of Sam’s Garage Doors. Their team can advise you on the variety of garage door openers and the latest features that you can get in your budget.