How To: Pick the Right Garage Door Opener

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The garage: it’s where we park our vehicles, store our stuff, and conveniently access our homes. However, if the garage door opener isn’t functioning safely or properly, these advantages fall by the wayside.

Even if yours is working just fine, newer models offer increased safety, security and convenience, making upgrading a worthwhile expenditure. Here we explain drive types, horsepower, options, and accessories to help you narrow down your search.

Garage Door Opener Drive Systems

Chain Drive: Budget-friendly and reliable, this opener uses a thick, bicycle-like chain to pull or push a trolley. This moves your door up and down. The downside to chain drive openers is that they are the nosiest option available. If you have an attached garage, you may want to consider choosing a different model.

Belt Drive: Featuring an ultra-quiet, steel-reinforced rubber belt, a belt drive garage door opener is a good choice – especially if you have an attached garage with living space directly above or adjacent to it. Belt drive openers do require some maintenance; albeit less than chain drive operators.

Screw Drive: Looking for something powerful but don’t want it to be too loud? Screw drive openers provide optimal, maintenance-free, quiet performance no matter what the climate. These openers are great for wider, heavier doors such as insulated steel, full-view glass or solid wood.

Direct Drive: Unlike other types of openers, which use a stationary motor that powers a chain, belt or threaded rod, this garage door opener’s spring-tensioned chain is stationary and its motor travels along the chain. This results in extremely quiet operation.

Recommended Opener Features

Horsepower: Although a 1/2 horsepower garage door opener should be sufficient to operate all but the largest/heaviest door, higher horsepower (3/4 or 1 1/4) openers can move a door with less strain, allowing them to last longer.

Battery Backup: The best thing about this feature? When, and if the power goes out, the opener should have enough power stored in the unit to allow you to operate the door as usual four or five times.

Internet Connectivity: Can’t remember if you left the garage door open? It happens! If you have a smart garage door opener though, you can check the status of your door from anywhere, anytime. This eliminates the worrying and/or backtracking.

Rolling Code Technology: Safeguard your household with rolling code technology. This technology selects a new, non-repeating access code from about 1 million possible code options every time you click your remote control, ensuring your safety and security.

Keyless Entry Keypad: One of the most popular garage accessories, a keyless entry keypad provides convenient access to your home should you or other family members leave your keys behind.

Wall Mount: If the height of your garage doesn’t allow for a traditional, ceiling mounted opener, a wall mounted opener is a great choice. A powerful, 24V DC motor provides ultra-quiet operation, along with variable speed control.

Professional Garage Door Opener Installation

At Tucson Garage Door Service, our experienced, licensed and insured garage door service technicians are ready to help with opener installation and opener repair, as well as new door installation and door repair. Contact us at (520) 423-4104 for a free installation estimate.

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