Should You Repair or Replace Your Garage Door Opener?

If you use your garage door every single day it won't take long before it begins to wear out. Even with a bit of regular maintenance it can wear out and stop working as well as it should. A broken garage door opener is dangerous and can lead to costly accidents and injuries. So how do you know if it's time to repair or replace your opener? Here are a few things to keep in mind.

Repair

You should repair your door opener if it is relatively new and begins to work less efficiently. If it squeaks, vibrates, or operates slowly, a bit of maintenance will likely go a long way. If your door opener is no more than 10 years old, you can probably get away with fixing any problems. New doors will need to be maintained, but shouldn't need to be replaced unless they are severely damaged.

Replace

Replace your garage door opener and system if it was installed before 1993. In 1993 safety regulations changed and new features were made mandatory. If yours is old, it's not as safe as it should or could be. Also, replace your opener if it is making an excessive amount of noise. And old unit can benefit from a bit of grease and maintenance. However, shrieking and grinding can't be completely eliminated through maintenance. Lastly, consider replacing your opener if your door does not have a digital keypad. It's easy to lose a key; it's hard to forget your access code.