The door opener in my garage was installed back when the garage was first built, which was in the late 70s or early 80s I think. Sometime around 2000, the remote crapped out, meaning the door could only be operated by using the indoor keypad. That meant that after I pulled out of the garage, I needed to get out of the car to close the door and when I pulled into the driveway, I needed to get out of the car to open the door. Not a big deal on nice days, but a pain when it rained or snowed.
I tried finding replacement remotes online, but the opener was so old that none were available. I couldn’t even find a manual. I looked into aftermarket remotes, but I read complaints about crummy range of operation. They also looked like a pain to program, and I would have wound up paying half the cost of a new opener for a decent model.
I had decided to bite the bullet and have some carpentry repair work done on the garage, so it made sense to upgrade the opener as well. This evening, the installer installed, and I now have remotes that work and lights that come on when the door opens and a safety sensor.
Dragging this house into the 21st…okay, the 20th century, one handyman at a time.