Automatic Garage Door Openers are considered a necessity by most homeowners today. You don't want to get out of the car in driving rain, blizzards, freezing cold or scorching heat - just press the button on your remote transmitter and your garage door opens automatically.
That is how automatic garage door openers work. At the mere push of a button your door opens or closes. No more getting out to unlock the door. No bending over, pulling on the handle, or pushing the door up to fully open position, or pulling it down to close.
If you have a bad back or are getting a bit older you know how little is required to throw your back out - not pleasant. Then you know the right way is to use an automatic electric operator.
Over the years since garage door openers were first introduced in the mid-1940's, manufacturers have increased safety and security features.
Remote transmitters have progressed from simple single code signals to today's rolling code technology. Each time the remote is activated a new code is generated, making it impossible for code grabber technology to capture a usable code to access your garage.
Automatic reversal is now built in - if your door encounters an obstruction it will reverse almost immediately.
Infrared safety beams will not allow closing when anything obstructs the beam.
Adjustable open and close limits.
Adjustable open and close force. Should be set to minimum required for safety reasons.
Many have automatic locking mechanisms which lock when you close your door and automatically unlock when you activate your remote, keypad, or wall control.
Battery powered backup systems will operate your opener when the power goes out.
Parking guides help you park in the right position every time.
Keypads let you access your garage without a key or remote. Can also be set to allow service people to access your garage or home for a limited time - no handing out keys to your home.
Remotes of all sizes and descriptions. Keep a few spares to use if one stops working - usually just needs a battery.
Motion detectors to turn on the lights when you enter.
Surge suppressors to protect your low voltage system from electrical spikes.
Vibration dampeners to prevent noise transmission through your house.
Monitors tell you if your garage door is closed or open.
And the list goes on...
There is a large DIY (do-it-yourself) market for the mechanically inclined. Automatic garage door openers are not difficult to install if you follow instructions - they are included with your new system.
Home centers, department stores and hardware stores all market garage door openers. They are also easily obtained through the internet.
Monthly maintenance will keep your system working smoothly and efficiently for years. Manufacturers recommended maintenance schedules are published in your owners manual.
Many repairs can easily be done by the homeowner. Always remember to call the manufacturers service department if you have questions.
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