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Garage door openers are essential in the functionality of your garage door. They tend to last approximately 7-10 years, but like all machines they eventually malfunction and require repair or a replacement. If your garage door opener is experiencing any of these warning signs, it might be time to replace your garage door openers.


Modern garage door openers are equipped with new technology and safety features. All Garage Door Openers manufactured after December 31, 1992 feature safety eyes and automatic reverse features that are required by law.  These safety features cause the garage door to retract if something or someone is in the way while it is closing. If you have a garage door opener without photo eyes and automatic reverse features, you should seriously consider replacing it. You can see functioning LiftMaster Garage Door Openers for yourself in our show room, located 2404 MLK Jr. Pkwy in Des Moines.

Loud Noises during Operation

Noises from garage door openers can come from the garage door chain, garage door misalignment, and more. If you are waking your children or spouse whenever you leave the house in the morning you could be due for a garage door opener upgrade. Modern garage door openers are quieter than their older parent versions – especially the LiftMaster 8550W belt drive.

You Don’t Have Battery Backup

The LiftMaster 8550W Garage Door Opener features a battery backup. That way if the power goes out you and your family can still open and close the garage door. The battery backup automatically kicks in when you lose power and is a feature our customers have been very grateful for. It will work for approximately 20 cycles (10 times up, 10 times down) when the power goes out.

Works Intermittently

Your garage door opener might be going on the fritz if you can’t predict when it will open or close. It’s best to get a local garage door technician to come service or replace your garage door opener.

Security and Convenience

Modern garage door openers have new and improved technology that can be combined with accessories so you can check the status of your garage door while you’re at work, on vacation or at your kid’s soccer practice. Below are some featured accessories from LiftMaster that will take your garage door opener to the next level.

Wireless Keyless Entry System

The wireless keyless entry system lets you open or close your garage door without using a remote control or key. It allows you to create up to four unique pin codes, and users can control up to four garage door openers.

Smart Control Panel

The Smart Control Panel allows you to easily program remote controls, control lights, view garage temperature, and is equipped with a maintenance alert system to keep your system in peak working order. LiftMaster’s Smart Control Panel is compatible only with LiftMaster Security+2.0 Garage Door Openers.

LiftMaster MyQ Garage

The LiftMaster MyQ Garage enables smartphone control of most major garage door openers with photo eyes.  This is built into the 8550W Belt Drive LiftMaster opener.

Internet Gateway

The Internet Gateway allows you to connect your garage door opener, and MyQ accessories to the Internet, enabling smartphone control. It allows you to open and close the garage door and control home lighting from anywhere.

Des Moines Garage Door Opener Installation and Repair

If you have a malfunctioning garage door opener or if you are looking for an upgrade, contact us at Amega Garage Doors. We are happy to come to your house to service or replace your current garage door opener