Does Your Garage Door Opener Keep You Safe?

Garage Door Opener

Garage door openers are a key part of your home’s security system, but have you thought whether yours contributes to your safety, as well? Of course, it’s got basic safety features like automatically stopping the door if the opener senses something in the door’s path, but there are many advanced features now available that can significantly improve your family’s safety and convenience.

Keyless Entry

A keyless entry system uses a keypad on the exterior of your garage, to allow people you trust with the code to gain entry to the garage with no key and no “clicker.” It’s a great safeguard against lost keys and lock-out situations, where you don’t have either your house keys or your car keys. You can easily change the security code, so you can use a temporary code to give access to workmen during a project, or to a neighbor while you’re on vacation.

Smartphone Control

Many smartphone apps are available to turn your phone or tablet into a simple garage door clicker. Beyond that, more feature-rich garage door openers allow you to either connect the opener to a total smarthome system like Nest, Wink, or Xfinity Home. Some garage door openers have optional Wifi modules which use a proprietary phone app to turn on lights, monitor the status of your garage door, receive alerts when it’s opened or closed, and even open and close the door yourself, remotely.

Take Matters into Your Own Hands

There are a few simple items you can check for yourself, to ensure that your garage door and opener are working properly:

  • Check that the sensors mounted by the garage door are free of dust, debris, and obstacles.
  • Be sure that the sensors are mounted at least six inches above the floor, and that the mount is still secure.
  • Cover one sensor and try to operate the garage door. Then cover the second sensor and try again. The door should not operate with either sensor covered.
  • Place an expendable object like a soup can on its side (it needs to be at least two inches high), on the ground in the door’s path. Close the garage door. If the door stops and reverses when it contacts the object, it’s working properly. If it doesn’t stop or reverse, you know you need to call for repair or replacement.

If you need help with a malfunctioning garage door or opener, or you’d like to improve your home’s safety, security, and convenience with updated features like smartphone control, contact Garage Door Man for a free estimate.