According to Door & Access Systems Manufacturers Association (DASMA) and Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL), anyone who as an opener installed prior to 1993 should replace the opener.
Why replace the opener?
Underwriters Laboratories, DASMA, and the Consumer Products Safety Commission worked closely to develop standards in operators for both garage doors and gate systems. Since 1993 when UL325 went into effect, the number of serious injuries as a result of automatic garage door and gate operators has been greatly reduced.
Several key components of UL325 make servicing older operators difficult for dealers/service technicians:
• Due to entrapment issues, many states have enacted laws that limit the service and repair of pre-1993 systems.
• Many states require that the servicing company notify the homeowner that their operator is not within UL compliance.
• Most manufacturers no longer produce replacement parts for older operators.
Benefits to homeowners?
New operators are improved, safer, smarter, and affordable.
• Reverse the door upward after two seconds of sensing an obstruction.
• Reverse the door upward if the doors has not reached the fully closed position in 30 seconds why not try these out.
• Includes additional entrapment-protection devices – photoelectric eye.
• Newer models offer battery backup and remote access.
• Newer models are quieter and more energy efficient.
If you are unsure about how old your operator is, call Action and we will schedule a free estimate and let one of our knowledgeable professional technicians perform a safety check on your garage door and operator. 239-768-3667