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replace garage door openerIt isn’t often that you need to buy a new garage door opener for your Lakeland home.

Garage door openers are built to last for ten to fifteen years and may last longer. When it is time for a replacement, what type you choose is important for both safety and convenience.

We hope that this guide will help you make a smart choice that meets your needs and keeps your family safe.

Safety is Key

A faulty garage door opener is a serious safety hazard since a typical garage door can weigh up to 600 pounds. Federal law now requires sensors on all garage door openers to prevent animals, children, and adults from being crushed by a garage door.

There are a few different types of sensors that you can choose from when purchasing a new garage door opener. Automatic reverse sensors are the most common. These sensors stop the door and reverse it if an obstruction blocks the sensor. If you have pets or children in your home, you may want to consider a garage door opener with more sensitive sensors.

Usage is More Important than Weight

How powerful the motor for your garage door opener should be depends on how often you use your garage not the weight of the door. Garage doors are counterbalanced so that even the heaviest door can be lifted by a ½ horsepower motor.

What puts the greatest strain on a garage door motor is high usage. Higher horsepower openers (¾ horsepower and up) are best for homes that use the garage door frequently such as homes with multiple drivers or that use the garage door as the main entrance.

Opting for a higher horsepower motor will increase the lifespan of your garage door opener if the door opens and closes frequently every day. If you only use the garage door a couple of times every day, you can opt for a lower-powered motor.

Keep in Mind Security

The type of garage door opener that you choose has an impact on the security of your home. A garage door with poor security can be an easy access point for burglars and intruders.

One way to increase the security of your garage door is to choose a dual-frequency garage door opener. Dual-frequency garage door openers use two different frequencies. This minimizes the chance that your garage door signal will get mixed up with a neighbors’ (which is a common problem in densely populated areas).

If you want additional security, a garage door opener with rolling-code technology is the best option. These garage door openers not only prevent your door from being accidentally triggered by a neighbor’s remote, but they also prevent burglars from being able to figure out your access code. Every time you use the remote for your garage door, it selects a new access code from billions of possibilities.

Prepare for the Unexpected

A power outage can be extremely inconvenient if your garage door doesn’t have a battery-backup or manual release. You can ensure that you can always get in and out of your garage, even if the power is out, by choosing a garage door opener with these features.

A battery backup will keep your garage door opener powered even when the electricity is out. The manual release will allow you to open and close your garage door by hand if the opener is not working.

Consider the Noise Level

Garage door openers can be noisy. If you have a living space above the garage or are sensitive to loud sounds, it’s smart to invest in a low noise garage door opener. You can choose between direct-drive, screw-drive or belt-drive models. All three are less noisy than other models.

Built-in Convenience

Garage door openers have become a standard feature in homes because of the convenience they offer. Modern garage door openers offer additional convenient features such as a keypad or touchpad and internet connectivity to a smart home system. Before you decide on a standard garage door opener, consider whether you want these additional features that you may not be able to add on later.

We hope that these tips help you choose the best garage door opener for your home! If your garage door needs repairs before installation, contact Safe Way Garage Doors! We are the leader in garage door maintenance and repairs in Polk and Eastern Hillsborough Counties.

We also service homes across Polk County and Eastern Hillsborough County.

Polk County Garage Door Repair: Lakeland, Mulberry, Bartow, Fort Meade, Auburndale, Polk City, Bartow, Winter Haven, Haines City, Davenport, Lake Wales, Frostproof

Eastern Hillsborough County Garage Door Repair: Plant City, Lithia, Valrico, Brandon, Seffner, Crystal Springs, Zephyrhills

garage door opener replacementEvery day millions of people use their automatic garage door opener when leaving or entering their home. In fact, garage door openers are such a popular convenience that it is installed in nearly every garage.

Most likely, your Lakeland home has one or two in the garage (one for each door).

And since they can last up to 10 to 15 years, we often don’t give them much of a thought until something goes wrong. But just like any other mechanical device, it will eventually wear out.

Here are 5 warning signs that it’s time to replace your garage door opener in Lakeland, Florida:

The Garage Door Opener is Unresponsive

When you press the button inside your garage and the door doesn’t respond, it is often a tell-tale sign that it’s time to replace the opener. Also, if you replace the batteries in your remote but it still doesn’t work, a new opener may be in order. While this may seem to have occurred out of the blue, other signs may have gone unnoticed. Check out some of the early warning signs listed below that could indicate that your garage door opener is reaching its life expectancy.

It's likely time to call the garage door opener repair experts here in Lakeland.

The Garage Door Intermittently Opens and Closes

As the garage door opener ages and its internal parts begin to wear out, you may notice that the garage door doesn’t always respond flawlessly to your command. You press the button, and nothing happens. But a few minutes later you try again, and everything appears to be in working order. But appearances can be deceiving and after several days or weeks of intermittent opening and closing the garage door opener will eventually become unresponsive.

The Garage Door Opens Then Automatically Reverses

Another common warning sign is when the garage door opens then automatically reverses. This may simply be due to a dirty or misaligned photoelectric eye sensor. But in some cases, especially in older models, faulty sensors are the cause.

If your garage door opener is more than 10 years old, it is usually best to replace your garage door opener to avoid the inconvenience and cost of additional repairs.

You Hear Noises Coming from the Motor

Any time you hear strange sounds coming from the opener motor is cause for concern. You may hear a grinding sound, squeaking or even a loud pop when operating the garage door opener. There are no user serviceable parts, so you will most likely need to replace your garage door opener. To avoid injury or electric shock, do not use the opener and contact a qualified garage door repair specialist as soon as possible.

The Door Vibrates or Struggles to Open or Close

When you notice that the garage door vibrates or is just not operating as smoothly as it should, is an early warning sign that the opener motor is beginning to wear out.

You may want to consider having a garage door inspection by a qualified repair technician. There may be some minor repairs or adjustments that can be made in the interim. But sooner or later your garage door opener will need to be replaced.

Note: Safeway Garage Doors of Lakeland can service, repair or replace all makes and models of openers. Call us today to set up and appointment.

We also service homes across Polk County and Eastern Hillsborough County.

Polk County Garage Door Repair: Lakeland, Mulberry, Bartow, Fort Meade, Auburndale, Polk City, Bartow, Winter Haven, Haines City, Davenport, Lake Wales, Frostproof

Eastern Hillsborough County Garage Door Repair: Plant City, Lithia, Valrico, Brandon, Seffner, Crystal Springs, Zephyrhills

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