Two Tips For The Next Time You Replace Your Garage Door Opener

Posted on: 2 December 2014

A malfunctioning garage door opener can be an extremely inconvenient problem to encounter. Unfortunately, there are many issues that these devices can encounter that will result in their failure. When this happens, it may be necessary to have the entire opener replaced. While most new homeowners will not have much experience with this type of project, there are a couple of tips that they can follow to help ensure they get the most out of their new garage door opener. 

Consider Installing A Solar Power Garage Door Opener

Your garage door is an extremely heavy object, and it takes a considerable amount of power for the motor to open the door. In addition to causing your power bills to be higher than they have to be, this excessive power use can also be bad for the environment. Fortunately, there is an option that allows you to still enjoy the benefits of an automatic garage door without causing these problems. 

Many garage door systems can be modified to work with solar panels. These panels are positioned on the roof of the garage, and they supply power to a battery system that the motor uses to open the door. 

Hire A Professional To Replace The Opener

When your malfunctioning garage door opener fails, you should typically avoid attempting to replace it yourself. These are highly complex devices, and if you do not install the new opener correctly, you can cause major damage to the door. However, this is not the only reason you should have this work professionally completed. 

Due to the weight of these devices, you will likely need help replacing it. If an accident occurs and the person helping you is injured, you may be held legally liable for the costs of their injuries. While your homeowner's insurance policy will often cover injuries to your guests, this may not apply if they were performing labor on your property. Considering how quickly a major injury can accumulate medical bills, this may be enough to force you into bankruptcy. 

Garage door opener replacement is an almost unavoidable problem of modern homeownership. Sadly, some new homeowners may make a couple of mistakes that can cause unnecessary problems. By following these two tips, you can help reduce your garage door opener's power usage and ensure you are safe from accidental injuries or damages that occur during the repair. In addition to helping ensure the repair goes smoothly, this can also help you avoid the disruptions and stresses caused by these two common problems.