Residential Garage Doors Openers
If your garage door opener is giving you a hard time, not working properly, stalling, failing to open or close all the way, making too much noise, even with regular maintenance and you know the problem isn't your garage door, you probably need to buy a new garage door opener.
How to Choose a Garage Door Opener
Before choosing a garage door opener, there are several things to carefully consider in regards to what kind of garage door opener you should purchase.
Types of Garage Door Openers
There are several types of garage door openers, each with it's own strengths and weaknesses. These include the chain drive, screw drive, torsion drive and belt drive.
Chain Driven Garage Door Openers
Chain driven garage door openers are the among the strongest types of openers available. They're suitable for heavy wood garage doors and heavy-duty steel garage doors. The chains used with these openers do tend to stretch over time, but some models include an automatic tension adjustment feature that solves this problem as it occurs. Chain driven models are also the least expensive, however they're the noisiest openers and need a lot of regular maintenance, due to their greater number of moving parts.
Screw Drive Garage Door Openers
Quieter screw drive garage door openers come in all-metal designs, as well a models where the screw portion is metal and works with a threaded plastic shaft for even quieter operation. Screw drive garage door openers are stronger and more durable than other garage door opener models, due to their fewer moving parts.
Belt drive garage door openers
Belt drive garage door openers work with a rubber belt for the absolute quietest operation, suitable for garages that are under or near bedrooms or other living areas of the home. Belt drive garage door openers are more expensive than other garage door openers, but are well worth the money.
Torsion garage door openers
The new Torsion garage door openers have superior strength, speed, and more silent operation. Torsion garage door openers also free up ceiling space in your garage. This extra space is due to the garage door being opened via the torsion shaft, controlled by the opener unit located just above the garage door or at the side. These garage door openers are perfect for garages with either lower or higher than average ceilings, and for people who have taller vehicles such as SUVs.
Power source considerations
An important feature to look out for when it comes to preserving the life of your garage door opener is whether it's AC or DC. DC powered openers are also more likely to have a 'soft' opening and closing feature allowing you to control (slow) the rate of opening and closing your garage door. Some AC models have this feature as well. Most garage door openers come in both AC and DC options, however it's good to note that DC powered garage door openers are also more energy efficient, using less electricity during operation.
Other Garage Door Opener Considerations
Other important details to consider when choosing a garage door opener are the strength of opener, and which type is right for your garage door, as choosing the right one has a direct effect on the life of your garage door opener.
Horse power levels come in , 1/3, 1/2, and 3/4 horse power. If you have a wooden garage door, carriage style garage door, or heavy-duty steel garage door, it's best to pair it with the full strength 3/4 horse power opener.
Garage Door Opener Accident Prevention
Garage door opener systems are now required by law to be manufactured with safety 'eyes' which are designed to detect anything that might be in the path of the garage doors. Should there be anything or anyone in the way, the garage door opener will stop the garage door's descent and immediately cause it to rise to prevent possible injury.
Garage Door Opener Security
Security features vary between garage door opener models, and are worth looking at closely. Some garage door openers can be programmed to stay closed for a specific duration of time—a convenient feature for people who need to travel, or spend significant time away from home.
Another convenient security feature is the remote controls with rolling code feature to prevent other people from being able to open your garage doors; a random code is generated each time the garage door is opened so that code thieves can't steal your code and neighbors won't accidentally open your garage door with their remotes.
Garage Door Opener Remote Features
Some garage door opener remotes allow you to adjust open and close speeds. Others are equipped with more than one button to permit the opening of more than one garage door with the same remote. Another convenient option is the mini keychain garage door opener remote.
Whichever model of door on your garage, we're sure to have the best choice of door closer to satisfy your needs.
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