“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” We’ve all heard this old adage before, but there’s at least one important area where it doesn’t ring true: in the case of your garage door opener.
If you have a trusty, reliable garage door opener that’s served you well for as long as you can recall, it makes sense that you’re in no rush to swap it out. If you also have children and/or pets in your home, however, it’s time to reconsider, and here’s why.
Sensors Are Critical for Safety
Most old-school garage doors don’t come equipped with sensors, which are features that most modern doors have so that they do not crush someone or something that gets in the door’s way. If you close one of today’s garage doors and then try and walk under it, the door’s sensor will acknowledge you and immediately open the door. As you can imagine, garage doors without sensors pose a serious threat to children and pets. They can also place your possessions at risk if a bike, toolbox or what have you gets in the way of the door on its way down.
Installing the New Garage Door Opener
When you’re ready to upgrade to a new door opener with a sensor, you first want to make sure the door is otherwise in good shape. If installing a garage door opener is completely foreign to you, it may prove wise to enlist the help of a professional to prevent damage to the door or other problems down the line. Make sure your installation professional does the following:
1. Lubricate the rollers and bearings if it’s been awhile, and clean the track and rollers to make sure everything’s running smoothly before installing the new door opener.
2. The garage door opener should be mounted at least five feet off the ground to help minimize the risk of little hands or paws accidentally triggering it.
3. Consider the addition of a garage door opener reinforcement bracket, which can add support and help guard against damage.
If your garage door is something of a dinosaur, adding a new opener is essential for the safety of your family, pets and possessions. It can also serve as an additional selling point if you’re considering putting your home on the market.