A garage door opener is one of the many conveniences of modern life that you couldn’t do without. On the flip side, it’s one of the most neglected devices in the home. While most garage door openers can last for over 10 years, they are bound to experience some wear and tear due to constant use. Moreover, you just can’t ignore a broken garage door opener as it may cause inconvenience and expose your family to safety issues.

If you are not sure of whether or not to replace your opener, here are some tell-tale signs to look out for.

Too noisy

One of the signs of a damaged garage door opener is unusual sounds. If you notice weird noises that you’ve never heard of before, it’s likely that it needs to be replaced. Whether it’s due to old age, clunky operation or the annoyance that you’ve endured for long, changing your opener with a new ensures that you get to enjoy quiet operation.

You have an old door opener with keys

Old garage door openers did not have keypads that could be used outside the garage. You had to open the garage manually using a key. New garage door openers not have a keypad, where you only need to enter a code to open the door. If you’re dealing with the old models, it’s time to upgrade to the newer version. You can even find a keypad that eliminates the need to recall a code. All you need is fingerprint detection and you are good to go.

A garage door that won’t open or close

Does your door refuse to budge when you press the button to open or close? It’s time to replace your garage door opener. One of the reasons this could be is dead remote batteries. Check to see if your batteries are dead and replace them to see if your door will function.  Another issue could be that your door is not connected to the opener. This happens when you see light on the opener and hear some sounds as you open or close the door. Try and close the door manually or pull the release cord towards the door. If any of these doesn’t resolve the problem, then it’s time to replace your door opener.

Garage doors that work intermittently

Does your garage door fail to open or close at times when you press the button? This could indicate a wiring fault. If you also have a door that opens or closes on its own without pressing the button also needs to be addressed for safety and security reasons.  Have a technician inspect your door and make the necessary recommendations.

A door that opens then reverses

Another red flag to watch out for is a door that opens then reverses. In some cases, this problem has a simple solution. The safety sensors could be positioned parallel to each other and this could prevent the door from closing when someone gets in the way. Misaligned eyes and obstructions on the door path could also cause this problem.

Unreliable garage door opener

Does your garage door opener overheat leaving you stranded and unable to operate? Garage door that won’t close or open until after some time may be experiencing an overheating problem. This happens when your opener doesn’t have enough strength to lift a heavy garage door because it’s getting old or simply underpowered. Replacing your opener will help you see an improvement.

Lacks the necessary features

Modern garage door openers come equipped with special features such as a back-up battery, ultra-quiet operation and even interfaces with a keypad that make it easy for you to get into the house through the garage even if you don’t have the remote with you. If you have an old garage door opener that lacks some safety features or noise reduction, there’s no reason to live with this problem. There are high-tech garage door openers with quality features that you need to look into.

When it’s no longer safe

If your door closes on its own, it could pose a safety threat to you and your family. This mostly happens with openers that were installed before 1993. In such a case, you need to upgrade and take advantage of models with safety reversing mechanism.

These are some of the warning signs that you need to replace your old garage door opener.