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5 Reasons Installing a New Garage Door Opener Makes Life Better


How old is your garage door opener? If you have to think about it, chances are you’re due for a new one. Any garage door opener older than 6 years could likely stand for a substantial upgrade. Here are 5 reasons why installing a new garage door opener will completely change and improve your life.


Safety can be especially critical if your garage door opener is older than 1993. Door openers installed prior to 1993 were not required to have photoeyes — electric sensors that suddenly reverse the door if an object, person or pet blocks the path of the door.

Security Against Intruders

Is your garage door opener programmed via DIP switches set in either a +, 0, or – position? You might as well give burglars a key. A child can hack these types of doors. It’s just that easy.

Doors installed after 1993 use rolling codes — which generates a new code each time you press the remote. The Chamberlain Group (including the brands Chamberlain, LiftMaster and Craftsman) the Security+ system use several millions codes. An upgrade to Security+ 2.0 system in 1996 opened it up to 1 billion possible codes.

Peace & Quiet

Does your door operate on a drive chain — similar to a bicycle? Does the chain attach to a steel cable? Then it probably opens with a loud grinding sound. You probably don’t even know what real peace and quiet sounds like.

Modern garage door openers use rubber belts with reinforced with metal fibers, similar to a car tire, that open much quieter. They also include a vibration isolator system that includes which rubber in between the opener motor and the metal brackets holding it to the ceiling to further dampen the noise.

This can be life changing if your garage door is near a living room or bedroom. Have a baby or small child at home? Upgrading to a modern garage door opener could be just the peace and quiet you need!

Power Outages

Any door opener installed in Sacramento or anywhere in California in the last two years is required to have battery backup. This is in response to the intense wildfires when homeowners had difficulty accessing their doors during power outages.

But regardless of the law, battery backup is still a great idea. In the face of a life threatening emergency like a California wildfire, battery backup ensures you always have access to your door when you need to evacuate. But even with a regular power outage, battery backup is a matter of convenience. If you don’t have battery backup, it’s time to install a new garage door opener. Why not?

The Convenience of a Smart Garage Door Opener

Smart garage door openers have completely changed the industry. This is why you might consider installing a new garage door opener if you haven’t in the last 6 years. Smart tech revolutionizes what a garage door is capable of.

With a smart garage door opener, you can view and control the door remotely from any Internet connection. Forget to close the door one morning? You get a notification to your phone and the power to close it. Need to open the door for package delivery? Give the driver instructions to call you so you can give them access to safely store your package inside the garage. Say goodbye to package theft! Give friends, family, and neighbors instant access to your home — even when you’re away.

Ready for the 21st Century? Call Us!

If you’re ready to step into the 21st century with a modern garage door opener, give us a call. In addition to garage door repair and new garage door installation, we install a wide variety of garage door openers. There’s a huge selection to choose from. We have been serving the Sacramento area with superior garage door service for many years!

3 Types of Garage Door Trolleys

The trolley on your garage door is what connects the motor to the door. When the trolley is activated, it causes the door to go up and down. In general, you have 3 types of garage door trolleys — chain driven, belt driven, and screw driven. Chain driven is the most common and works like a bicycle chain to move the trolley back and forth in the opening and closing of the door. Chain driven doors are affordable and reliable but very noisy. Belt driven doors are much quieter and use a belt instead of a chain to open and close the door. They tend to be more expensive, but are great for attached garages, especially if your door is near a living room or bedroom where a quieter door is preferred. Screw driven doors use a threaded steel rod to move the trolley to opens or closes the door. The advantage of screw drive doors is there aren’t many parts. It’s a simpler operation with fewer repairs.