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Col's Construction Blog

Hello! Welcome to my blog. My name is Col. I live in Perth and I have a passion for construction. I am pretty useless when it comes to construction work so I tend to leave it to the experts. However, I find that there is nothing more pleasing than seeing a team of construction workers complete a job. Over the years, I have hired many different types of construction worker and they have all taken the time to chat with me. During these conversations, I have learnt so pretty interesting things which I will be exploring on this blog. Enjoy!

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Signs That You Need a New Garage Door Opener

Ethan Burton

The garage door is one of the most crucial components of your home's security, especially for attached garages. When the garage door is operating well, you are assured of your safety inside the house and that everyone can safely handle the door. It follows then that a poorly maintained garage door is a safety and security hazard to the occupants of the home and the property. Here is what you should know about garage door openers and some signs that you need to have your opener replaced.

The Age of the Opener

A quality garage door from a trusted manufacturer should last between ten and fifteen years. If the door is well maintained, the opener may even make it past the fifteen-year mark. On the other hand, if it is not maintained well, the opener will start malfunctioning earlier than expected. Generally, if the opener has crossed the ten-year mark and you have noticed occasional hitches when closing and opening it, you may have to replace the entire unit.

Safety Compromise

Another sign that it is could be time to replace your garage door opener is when its erratic opening and closing patterns compromise the safety of people, pets, and vehicles using the door. If there have been incidences where the door got stuck, or rolled down on a vehicle or a person, it could be time to replace it. Note that most of the garage door openers which were fitted before 1995 do not have sensors in the openers, which means that they do not comply with safety standards and, therefore, need to be replaced.

Excessive Noise

Another common indicator of a garage door which has stopped functioning as it should is excessive noise when opening or closing it. New models of garage doors seem to have a quieter operation than older models, and poorly maintained, old models will typically make rattling noises when opening or closing. If you have tried oiling the garage door hinges and other movable parts but the door is still making noise, it could be an indication that the opener needs replacing.

When replacing the garage door opener, go for a state-of-the-art opener model which allows automatic opening and closing and has a motion and light sensor. Remember that garage door repair and installation experts are there to ensure that you get the perfect garage door opener for your needs and that it will be installed correctly.