Now let’s apply that same train of thought to your garage door system. If you’re replacing the garage door opener in your home, then why would you want to replace the rails? They still fit the door, and nothing has changed on that end. It should all work the same, right? Wrong.

Why You Should Replace The Entire System

When getting a new system, most people try to get a system that looks similar to their current model with the thought that if it looks the same, then it’ll operate the same. While this may be true in theory, it works entirely differently in real-life scenarios, mainly depending on the age of the previous system.

Most manufacturers recommend that you replace the ENTIRE opener. This includes rails, wired door controls, mounting hardware, and wireless remote devices. Many people choose not to replace the rails because it’s a time-saving option, but this could not be further from the truth.

If you’re going to take the time to replace the heart of the operation, then why not replace everything that goes along with it? There’s no telling just how old the previous rails are, nor can you determine if they’ll operate properly with the new system. Not to mention that if your new opener fails but has old parts tied to the system, then it become more challenging to determine the cause of failure.

Another reason to install the new rails is to avoid the metal-on-metal contact of the older systems. More modern rails are quieter as they use nylon-to-metal construction, ensuring a more quiet glide as the door cycles while protecting the unit’s longevity.

Taking a shortcut such as avoiding installing new rails can also cause problems with the installation itself. You would have to troubleshoot EVERYTHING just to make sure that everything is working correctly. Try to keep in mind that rails aren’t created universally; therefore, they shouldn’t be treated as such.

Let Five G’s Overhead Door Help With Your New Installation!

When thinking about replacing your garage door opener, it’s essential to know that there are no shortcuts when installing a new system. You must follow the manufacturer’s directions strictly to ensure proper operation from your new unit. If the job is a little more than you want to take on, call the trained professionals at Five G’s Overhead Door in Oklahoma City, OK.

We will install your new garage door opener quickly, efficiently, and properly. We take the time to make sure your project is done the first time correctly so that it’s the last time. If you would like more information or want to set up an appointment, contact us at (405) 876-3137 or schedule your new garage door installation now!


Five Gs Overhead Door is a locally owned and operated garage door repair and installation company servicing residents in the Oklahoma City area. Our goal is to provide the best service at an affordable rate.

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